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what is the definition or description of: prophylactic treatment?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Preventive treatment: Prophylactic treatment is treatment that prevents something. For example, if someone is exposed to influenza in their household, they might take a medicine for 10 days or so to reduce the risk of getting influenza themselves. This would be a prophylactic treatment.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a person have prophylactic carotid endarterectomy?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: This all depends on what your definition of prophylactic means. If you mean "asymptomatic", then yes. We recommend a carotid endarterectomy for people who have a narrowing of >80% even if they have not had any symptoms. If you have carotid stenosis of <80%, the medical management with aspirin/plavix and a statin (cholesterol lowering med) is sufficient. An annual ultrasound for surveillance also.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you should have prophylactic oophorectomy?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Risk vs. Benefit: If you are at high risk of ovarian cancer, such as carriers of a brca or lynch mutation, or women whose mothers have ovarian cancer, the surgery is your best risk reducer. If you are at average risk of ovarian cancer and having a hysterectomy, the risks of estrogen deprivation in premenopausal women must be carefully weighed. Most postmenopausal women have more benefits than risk with bso.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Does it take long to recover from prophylactic oophorectomy?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
1 to 2 weeks: A prophylactic oophorectomy done by minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery should require no more than 1 to 2 weeks before you can be back to your normal energy levels and most normal activities. Heavy lifting, abdominal exercises, and sex are the only activities that should be deferred for 4 to 6 weeks.
A 45-year-old member asked:

When is it appropriate to use tetanus toxiod in prophylactic treatment?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Dirty injury: If originally vaccinated all it requires is a "wound booster" at the time of injury. This applies to a dirty, penetrating wound such as a nail in the foot.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is prophylactic treatment?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Prophylaxis: Prophylaxis is preventative therapy which can be from the use of antimicrobial agents, Immune Globulin or vaccines. By giving one or more of these agents, an infection can be prevented or minimized.

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