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If a septostomy is not performed, can the membrane rupture from a buildup in pressure?

If a septostomy is not performed, can the membrane rupture from a buildup in pressure?

Yes: The membranes can and do rupture spontaneously. Sometimes they rupture remote from labor. Sometimes they rupture during labor from the pressure exerted by the uterine contractions. ...Read more

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Septostomy (Definition)

Septostomy is a procedure similar to an amniocentesis that may be performed on a woman who is carrying twins. A needle is placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance and a hole is made in the membranes between the two babies. This allows the amniotic fluid pressure to become more equal on both ...Read more


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Are there any new treatments for atrial fibrillation?

Are there any new treatments for atrial fibrillation?

Yes: There are multiple ways to treat atrial fibrillation: 1. Control the heart rate with medications that control the heart rate. 2. Try to convert patients in nornal rhythm and keep them in normal rhythm with medications specific for that purpose. 3. Minimize the risk of a stroke with medications that thin the blood 4. If medications fail, patients can undergo a procedure called catheter ablation. ...Read more

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Can blowing up too many balloons make you sick?

Can blowing up too many balloons make you sick?

Hyperventilation: It can cause hyperventilation which can make you feel light headed, nauseated, weak. All of which should resolve shortly after breathing is restored to normal for a while and your co2 level returns to normal. ...Read more

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Can someone be allergic to helium balloons? Is it possible or is it the latex inside the helium balloons?

Can someone be allergic to helium balloons? Is it possible or is it the latex inside the helium balloons?

Not to helium: You cannot be allergic to helium, but you certainly can have an allergy to latex or other chemicals in the balloon. ...Read more

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Is right atrial enlargement reversible?

Is right atrial enlargement reversible?

Right atrial enlarge: You list scoliosis as a dx which can sometimes make the RA look bigger than it really is. True RAE can be reversible depending on the cause of the true RAE. ...Read more

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Is right atrial enlargement serious or does it depend on the cause?

Is right atrial enlargement serious or does it depend on the cause?

Depends: on causation and the degree of enlargement. Get an echocardiogram and a cardiology consultation to define the cause of this enlargement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left atrial enlargement?

What are the symptoms of left atrial enlargement?

Left atrial enlargem: Left atrial enlargement itself has no symptoms. If there is pathology like mitral insufficiency or mitral stenosis associated with left atrial enlargement, the symptoms are produced by the physiology of the pathologic lesion. ...Read more