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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau

Critical Care
Portland, OR
22 years experience female

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Office

Portland, OR

Address

3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, P3PULM, Portland, OR
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Portland, OR

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Critical Care

Doctor Q&A

45 Answers
39 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Coordination problem: Dyspraxia is a condition that is characterized by problems with movement and coordination and can affect individuals at varying degrees. This discoor... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Discuss with doctor: During an echocardiogram (ultrasound of heart) the motion of the walls of the heart is evaluated. Hypokinesis (poor movement) of the walls of the hea... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See below: There are a number of different chemicals used to kill pests and poisoning or toxicity from these chemicals can occur in different ways. Pesticides ca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Eye CT scan: Orbit ct means a ct scan of the structures around the eye. It is typically used to identify abscesses (infections) of the eye area, broken bones arou... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See below: A Dopamine agonist is a chemical which works on Dopamine receptors. There are 5 different kinds of Dopamine receptors in the brain. Medications which... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See your doctor: Chest pains can be caused by a large variety of things, including blocked arteries to the heart. When you see a health care provider he or she will li... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Maybe: It all depends on the cause and the duration of the coma. Coma is a complex condition and predicting the long term outcome is difficult without more... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Rare: It is rare to have a white blood cell transfusion. White blood cells only live in the blood stream for a few hours and transfusions of white blood cel... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
No: If someone is in need of cpr, the only thing that should delay the initiation of chest compressions is calling 911. Chest compressions at the proper ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Malignant hypertherm: Certain individuals have a genetic abnormality that causes them to develop high body temperature, rigid muscles, rapid heart rate, and high blood pres... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Paralysis: Botulism causes a type of paralysis that progresses from head to toes. Symptoms usually appear 8-36 hrs after eating improperly canned or preserved fo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Mosquito bite dz: This is a virus transmitted by mosquito bites which causes infection of the central nervous system (brain). Symptoms include fevers, chills, headache,... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Prolonged use : Toxic shock syndrome is caused by the overgrowth of a bacteria, usually staph. When women use tampons with greater absorbency than needed and/or for l... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Probably not: Sports drinks have salt, sugar, and water-the three things vital to treating dehydration. If you eat a standard diet and exercise in moderation, plain... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Carbidopa/levodopa: Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is a combination drug that contains Carbidopa and levodopa. It is most commonly prescribed for parkinson's disease b... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
IV: A picc line is a peripherally inserted central catheter. It is a long IV that is typically placed in a large vein in the upper arm. The tip of the c... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Maybe: It is possible to have both hypotension and hypoglycemia and it is sometimes hard to tell if a set of symptoms is due to one or the other. When you se... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Maybe: You need to see a health care provider. Frostbite is diagnosed based on symptoms and physical exam. You should absolutely avoid a condition where your... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Chest X-ray and EKG: A collapsed lung is typically seen on chest x-ray. Acute pericarditis often has typical findings on an electrocardiogram (ekg). Both may cause shortne... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Caution: Just because a medicine is over-the-counter, it doesn't mean it is without side effects. One should never exceed recommended doses of otc meds. Depend... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Bad infection: Septic shock is a syndrome of low blood pressure, leaking blood vessels, and abnormal organ function due to infection. Early diagnosis and treatment i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Delirium: Seroquel (quetiapine) is also used for the treatment of delirium in the intensive care unit (icu)setting. Delirium is a common condition characterize... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
It depends: Acute drops in body temperature can be a sign of an acute illness or injury and you should be seen by a health care provider right away. If this is a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Many: Herpes simplex virus measles virus japanese encephalitis virus west nile virus st. Louis encephalitis virus eastern equine encephalitis virus we... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
It depends: For mild dehydration, water is fine. For severe dehydration, often due to severe diarrhea/heat exposure it is important to include salt, sugar, water... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Diagnostic tool: There are a number of tools used to diagnose delirium in the intensive care unit. The two most common tools in north america include the cam-icu and t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Patient care: Critical care nurses often have additional training and expertise in caring for acutely severely ill patients. Nurses in this field often use critica... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See below: Cafergot is a medication that is a combination of ergotamine and caffeine. It is commonly used for the treatment of migraine headaches. An overdose i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Probably not: Avian flu is a type of influenza virus that can infect both birds and humans. Most cases of human infection have been as a result of handling dead in... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See below: Benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine, is a type of medicine in the class of antihistamines. It is found in many over-the-counter cold and sleep me... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Activator: An agonist is a chemical that binds to a receptor on a cell and triggers a response by that cell. An agonist usually mimics the action of the naturall... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Lung mass: If a lung mass is seen on chest xray or ct scan and the patient has a moderate risk of malignancy, often the next test is a positron emission tomograp... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Many things: The liver is responsible for a large number of functions. When people are dying of liver failure they often are confused, more susceptible to infecti... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
See below: Cetirizine is an antihistamine usually prescribed for seasonal allergies. Excessive ingestion of Cetirizine can cause severe drowsiness, irritability,... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Vessel relaxer: A vasodilator is a chemical that works to cause active relaxation of the blood vessels. These medications are chosen most often to treat high blood ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Heart muscle enzyme: Troponin is a heart enzyme that is released in the blood when the heart is under strain. Elevated levels of this enzyme in the setting of chest pain a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Not recommended: While herbal therapies can be effective for a number of conditions, legionnaires' disease can cause a life-threatening pneumonia due to the bacteria, ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Mucomyst (acetylcysteine): When discovered early, administration of n-acetylcysteine (mucomyst) intravenously may help individuals with tylenol (acetaminophen) toxicity avoid th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Chest discomfort: Heart attacks may present with a variety of symptoms including chest discomfort (crushing pain, pressure, squeezing, or fullness), shortness of breath... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Really sick: In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortne... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Hydration: The most important thing is to drink plenty of fluids. If it is a child with rotavirus, a formula with electrolytes such as pedialyte is highly recom... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Stop breathing: Typically narcotic overdose affects the part if the brain that keeps us breathing while we are unconscious and individuals who overdose just stop brea... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Low magnesium: Mag oxide (magnesium oxide) is a tablet used to correct magnesium deficiency. Some medications lead to magnesium loss (diuretics). Mag oxide can als... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
DIC: This is a condition where the body's normal blood clotting and thinning mechanisms are disrupted and small blood clots form in the small vessels. The... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Many: Low body temperature may be due to exposure to cold conditions, infections that lead to sepsis, use of alcohol or other drugs in the setting of cold c... Read More

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Dr. Steven Guyton
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. An excellent clinician. She provides excellent care of complex patients and knows how to work in a cohesive team to ensure the best outcomes.
Dr. Hussain Lakdawalla
Nov 27, 2012
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Letourneau is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

OHSU HOSPITAL AND CLINICS

Awards

Top Critical Care Specialist , Second Place, National - Winter
2013
HealthTap Doctor Mom

Affiliations

American College of Physicians
American Osteopathic Association
American College of Chest Physicians

Publications

Extravascular lung water predicts progression to acute lung injury in patients with increased risk.
Lactic Acidosis: Recognition, Kinetics, and Associated Prognosis
Baclofen and gamma-hydroxybutyrate withdrawal
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