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what predisposes someone to aortic stenosis?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Age, infection: Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve. This causes a characteristic murmur heard on the right upper chest near the breast bone. It sometimes happens with age or after infections such as endocarditis or sometimes rheumatic fever.
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
RF, bicuspid valve: Three major causes of aortic stenosis: 1. Bicuspid aortic valve (congenital) =born with it (two cusps instead of the normal 3 cusps) 2. Rhematic fever sequelae (acquired after strep throat) 3. Degenerative disease in a tricuspid valve (acquired).
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Aortic stenosis: Aortic stenosis is most commonly caused by age-related progressive calcification of a normal (three-leafed) aortic valve (>50% of cases). Other causes include calcification of a congenital bicuspid aortic valve (30-40% of cases) and acute rheumatic fever (less than 10% of cases). Diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia may speed up the age-related calcification and degeneration of aortic valves.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I think I havespinal stenosis. What is the best way for me to get a diagnosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
See your doctor: Spinal stenosis is made by appropriate history and physical exam. If these warrant it, an MRI or ct myelogram will confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Once you have the diagnosis and if you are in pain, consider acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It can bring great relief.
Dec 28, 2011
A 22-year-old member asked:

What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Laminectomy: Laminectomy is the most common treatment for lumbar stenosis. There are some minimally invasive forms of this surgery that are also available. Cervical stenosis can be treated with laminectomy, laminectomy and fusion, laminoplasty, or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The operation chosen depends on what structures are causing the stenosis.
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What are the grades of carotid stenosis?

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Variable: They can be totally occluded or have non signicant plaque. The degree of blockage is expressed in percentage so that 80% or greater is considered for intervention when unilateral or when associalted with symptoms such as tias or if the other side is blocked at even lower percentage such as 70%.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between pyloric stenosis and hypertrophic pyloric stenosis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Same entity: Some use the optional discriptor "hypertrophic" as an add on to pyloric stenosis. Ps is by caused by an overgrowth and tightening of the muscles surrounding the pyloric region of the small intestine. As such the "hypertrophic" is a redundant term. Some do a similar thing by saying yellow jaundicde when jaundice would be sufficient.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Or "spinal menengitis." Or "sugar diabetes." (there are other kinds of diabetes, but the "sugar" type is what we're almost always talking about).
Dec 30, 2011
A 31-year-old member asked:

What's a decompression for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression.

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