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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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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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Are balloons a choking hazard for small children?

Are balloons a choking hazard for small children?

Yes!: Although foods like hot dogs, peanuts and grapes are the no. 1 cause of choking deaths to children, balloons are no. 2. Balloons cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. Any substance that can take the shape of a child’s windpipe or airway (like balloons or disposable diaper stuffing) is a more dangerous choking hazard than a hard, solid object. Ages 3-8yrs highest! ...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

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What's invovled with balloon insufflation testing?

What's invovled with balloon insufflation testing?

GI Referral?: If your question involves the use of "balloon insufflation" to help in the diagnosis of ibs (irritable bowel syndrome)it's best to ask your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Yes: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery (balloon or otherwise) is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Recovery time is shorter (1-3 days) with balloon sinuplasty, and I do this procedure in-office with local anesthesia. Risks are low but similar to any sinus procedure: scarring, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, eye/brain injury, need for further surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Left atrial enlargment and low voltage qrs in teenager?

Left atrial enlargment and low voltage qrs in teenager?

Cardiology: I am not sure what you are asking here. The question is not clear. But, it surely sounds unexpected and i would make sure this youngster is seeing a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is more serious, atrial or ventricular fibrilation?

What is more serious, atrial or ventricular fibrilation?

Ventricular: Both are serious. However, vf is often associated with pending collapse of the circulatory system. Vf is a serious complication of acute heart attacks and other heart disease and must be treated aggressively, usually in the ICU setting. Af can be life threatening, but is often discovered incidentally and some live with it untreated. Untreated vf is usually fatal. ...Read more

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