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How can you tell the extent of an electric shock injury?

How can you tell the extent of an electric shock injury?

Difficult : Initially may not be obvious. Superficially numbness and thick tissue may be third degree and need escharotomy or debridement some high voltage may look like a shark bite with gaping tissue internal damage needs to be looked for. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Can you tell me what kinds of trauma may put a person into a state of shock?

Can you tell me what kinds of trauma may put a person into a state of shock?

Traumas/Shock state: Your Emotional Health is Precious!
Traumatic events leading to Shock State:
Natural Disasters
• Death of family member or a friend
• Murder of a loved one
• Witnessing a death
• War
Rape
• Severe Physical and Sexual Abuse
• Involved in a serious Accident
• Finding out about a serious Illness
• Suddenly being informed about Divorce

Shock state can be debilitating. Please see a Psychiatrist ...Read more

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How serious of an injury is multiple stabs to the bicep? Additionally, specifically what kind of damage can this cause?

How serious of an injury is multiple stabs to the bicep? Additionally, specifically what kind of damage can this cause?

Impossible to answer: Impossible to answer without looking at the wound, but there potentially be damage to everything that is located in the bicep, the muscles, the tendons, the nerves, the blood vessels and the bones. You should get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

No head trauma: Shouldn't really be confused. Radiating pains into the arm (singular) suggests pinched nerve. Concussive symptoms are grouped into: 1) cognitive; foggy, concentration, memory issues 2)somatic; headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitive 3)mood; irritability, anxiety, sadness 4)sleep disturbance including too much/too little. Again, not too much alike. ...Read more

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What kind type or how hard of a trama to the head would cause u to bleed from brain?

What kind type or how hard of a trama to the head would cause u to bleed from brain?

Depends: That my friend is the million dollar question. Sometimes the trauma is great and sometimes very little trauma will cause a bleed. Bleeds are increased with persons that take blood thinners. Most of the time the trauma is easily to discern, but sometime the bleed is latent and no cause can be found. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sagittal band injury and how can you tell if you have one? What do doctors do to determine injuries of the knuckle?

What are the symptoms of a sagittal band injury and how can you tell if you have one? What do doctors do to determine injuries of the knuckle?

Pain in knuckle: Boxer Knuckle , painfully extension of affected finger. Swollen and best detected by MRI of the hand with emphasis on the extensor tendon that many times is ruptured and dislocated!
See Ortho Hand Surgeon for further evaluation and treatment! ...Read more

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What type of brain injury can cause someone to smell burnt rubber?

What type of brain injury can cause someone to smell burnt rubber?

Certain areas : Responsible for olfaction. At times episodic unpleasant smell may represent a focal seizure. I would recommend to check with neurologist. ...Read more

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How can you recover from a sudden shock of bereavement?

Self - care: I am sorry for your loss. Shock is one of the stages of grieving. You will likely experience other feelings as your grieving progresses. It is important to allow yourself to feel the feelings as they come up. It is painful but a necessity. Encourage you to share with friends, family or clergy. If a person becomes 'stuck' then counseling is an option. Take good care of yourself. Get 8 hours of. ...Read more

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Does a forceps delivery contribute to brain injury and what are the symptoms?

Does a forceps delivery contribute to brain injury and what are the symptoms?

Forceps brain injury: Usually would not result in br injury, also count in time duration from full dilation to forceps use. Difficulty from forcep delivery add up to total trauma + times suffering low oxygenation. Symptoms would not appear till late if just cognitive weakness, if physical trauma-brain bleed sx would be immediate (reflexes + respiration adequacy + tonus of muscles..). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the insertion of a stent would prevent a heart attack?

Can you tell me how the insertion of a stent would prevent a heart attack?

Stent: A stent is inserted after a blockage in an artery is cleared with a balloon. The purpose of the stent is to hold the artery open so blood can flow and feed the heart oxygen and everything else the blood contains. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long-term complications of traumatic injury to the lung?

Could you tell me what are long-term complications of traumatic injury to the lung?

It depends: It depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injuries have little or no effect. Major injuries can reduce lung function permanently. Smoking makes everything much worse so stop if you do. ...Read more

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How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

Variable: Many factors play in to the loss of a hand including the patient's vocation, avocation, age and mental coping capabilities. There can be significant functional deficits with loss of a hand as well as concerns about the cosmetic appearance of the limb. ...Read more

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How can you determine the different types of knee injuries?

How can you determine the different types of knee injuries?

Difficult to answer : This question, unfortunately, can not be simply answered in the space allowed here. There are many types of knee injuries affecting bone, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the lining of the knee. Determining the cause requires training and experience and a variety of possible testing modalities like x-ray, mri, ct and ultrasound. ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary causes of an ankle sprain and how can they be prevented?

Please, can you describe the primary causes of an ankle sprain and how can they be prevented?

Cavovarus feet : High arched feet with heels that tend to be tilted medially ( varus heel with cavus foot) puts the foot in a position that makes it much easier to roll the ankle inward on the lateral side , which is the most common form of ankle sprain/ they make cvus foot orthotics which may help but some people need surg to re align the heel which can be very helpful/ also high heel are a risk. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Sensitive are: The occipital bone houses the exit of the medulla, which controls functions like breathing & hear rate. It also protects the cerebellum, which coordinates motor function, as well as the visual cortex.. Hemorrhage or crush in these area has a high chance of causing major, irreversible brain injury. They are tight spaces in the brain and do not tolerate swelling/injury etc. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your eyes suffer long term visible damage to the cornea from a thermal burn?

How can you tell if your eyes suffer long term visible damage to the cornea from a thermal burn?

Vision and symptoms: Most of these heal with no residual problem. But if you find the vision in the burnt eye to be altered compared to the other eye or it stays red and irritated, then you should see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How do doctors identify the type of a shoulder injury?

How do doctors identify the type of a shoulder injury?

Orthopedic surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons are the physician of choice for shoulder injuries. Their specialized surgical training allows them a unique ability to care for diseases and injuries not only of the shoulder but also all the bones of the body. Through careful examination and x-ray/mri/ct scans, shoulder as well as other joint problems can be identified and a treatment plan developed. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference: ACL or cartilage damage in knee?

How can you tell the difference: ACL or cartilage damage in knee?

Mri: The type of knee injury can be determined usually with a history and physical exam. An MRI will allow a clear visualization of the internal structures of hte joint and will help confirm the exact patholgy. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between inflammation from jra and inflammation from a injury on mri? How can you detect jra on mri?

How can you tell the difference between inflammation from jra and inflammation from a injury on mri? How can you detect jra on mri?

Marginal erosions: Mri is the most sensitive imaging method for detecting marginal erosions and early pannus formation. The pattern of the bone marrow edema, its location, and the lack of a history of trauma will make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more