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Dr. Bradford Patt
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Arterial tear: An uncommon cause of stroke, but among younger patients, it is one of the most common. Sometimes spontaneously, sometimes after an activity that involves sudden torsion to the neck, a tear may form along the three layers that constitute the arterial wall. This tear causes turbulent blood flow and predisposes to clot formation. These clots can then cause a stroke by blocking important arteries. ...Read more

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Describe the features of carotid artery disease.?

Describe the features of carotid artery disease.?

Ischemic stroke: Carotid artery disease usually occurs at the origin of the internal carotid artery at the neck and results from plaque build up. The main concern is that blood clots may for from turbulent blood flow this plaque causes, and the clot may travel upward and block an important brain artery, causing a stroke. It is a common found and commonly treated cause for stroke. Several options exist. ...Read more

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MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint. Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more

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Normal Carotid Doppler Studies.1- Right ICA encircling the Internal carotic artery. 2- Complex mass in the right thyroid lobe. History Neck cancer.

Normal Carotid Doppler Studies.1- Right ICA encircling the Internal carotic artery. 2- Complex mass in the right thyroid lobe. History Neck cancer.

Thyroid ultrasound: You need a neck ultrasound to fully evaluate the thyroid. Possibly will need a fine needle biopsy if the complex mass is big enough. The first thing is to fully evaluate the neck with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are risk factors of temporal lobe biopsy?

What are risk factors of temporal lobe biopsy?

Why you need brain: Biopsy is far more important than risk factors of biopsy. In any case the risk factors are infection, bleeding, seizures/epilepsy, behavioral changes and death. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a temporal artery biopsy - and / or other artery biopsy?

What is the procedure for a temporal artery biopsy - and / or other artery biopsy?

Safe procedure: Temporal artery biopsy is a relatively simple procedure in trained hands. It is done through a very small incision in the temple area and can provide valuable information with minimal risk. ...Read more

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Difference bw branchial cyst and carotid body tumor and anuresym of carotid ?

Difference bw branchial cyst and carotid body tumor and anuresym of carotid ?

Neck masses: These are three distinct causes of a neck mass. You'll get some more imaging studies that will distinguish them. Branchial cleft cysts are very common and usually a non-problem. Carotid body tumors are very rare but need to be ruled out. Carotid aneurysms are strongly pulsatile. Stay involved with your diagnosis and best wishes. ...Read more

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My mri shows hypolastic right vertibal artery and mild irreularity along the bilaeral segment of internal carotid artery?

My mri shows hypolastic right vertibal artery and mild irreularity along the bilaeral segment of internal carotid artery?

Low value finding.: Why? 2 reasons: 1. Spacial resolution of MRI (even more so than CT) is very low compared to the complexity of the anatomic structures named & 2. Arteries are not being visualized, only a contrast agent within the blood inside the artery. Get & study the image data yourself; compare with Netter anatomy illustrations. Irregularity is c/w artery Ds. Good quality echo of carotid walls far better. ...Read more

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What is the significance of bilateral coronary artery fistulas?

What is the significance of bilateral coronary artery fistulas?

Variable significanc: It depends on how large the fistulas are. A small coronary fistula can be without major effect. However, I have seen large coronary fistulas that require surgical or catheter repair. I suppose "bilateral" means both left and right coronary arteries have connections to either a coronary vein / atrium or other venous structure. ...Read more

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What is treatment of blockage of small branch of coronary artery?

What is treatment of blockage of small branch of coronary artery?

Medication: Most would treat disease of smaller branches with medications if there is symptoms. If not improved with meds, angioplasty could be considered. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows features of chronic total radial artery occlusion with collateral flow in ulnar artery. Can this affect pregnancy.

Ultrasound shows features of chronic total radial artery occlusion with collateral flow in ulnar artery.  Can this affect pregnancy.

Not likely BUT...: If the radial artery occlusion is an isolated finding, perhaps from an old injury, then there should be no risk to the pregnancy. However, if you are, or were, a very heavy cigarette smoker and especially if you are diabetic then your radial artery problem could be a symptom of a more general vascular pathology which could have a negative impact on your pregnancy. ...Read more

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MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What is this I read its very rare & cause aneurysm?

MRI brain find: presence of a persistent trigeminal artery and hypoplasia of the basilar artery? What is this I read its very rare & cause aneurysm?

Dodged a bullet: Persistent Trigeminal art. is associated with aneurysm in 14%, likely on a congenital basis. If one does not exist, it is unlikely to develop. http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/jns.1971.35.5.0601 Association does not prove causality, but we don't understand the embryology well enough to know the causes of aneurysms. ...Read more

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How is the diagnosis of arteritis made? Occipital lobe of the brain.

How is the diagnosis of arteritis made?  Occipital lobe of the brain.

Biopsy: I assume you mean temporal arteritis. The diagnosis is made by biopsy of the temporal artery in front of the ear. This is a straightforward procedure performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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What is tortuosity of the basilar artery and the basilar artery impresses upon the lower brain stem.?

What is tortuosity of the basilar artery and the basilar artery impresses upon the lower brain stem.?

A radiologic descrip: I'll presume you're reading off a radiologic report that involves imaging the arteries within the brain. Description that an artery is 'tortuous' means its curvier than usual, and not abnormal; basilar artery sends blood to brain stem, located in basal part of skull in back of your head; whether any clinical significance to 'impresses on the brain stem' needs to be interpreted by neurologist. ...Read more

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Can a CT CHEST W/CST. + 3D visualize the coronary arteries well? The connections of the coronary arteries?

Can a CT CHEST W/CST. + 3D visualize the coronary arteries well?  The connections of the coronary arteries?

Yes: The test is excellent for ruling out significant coronary disease. It's not so good for determining the severity of coronary disease in people with known disease or who have stents since the x-ray can't penetrate calcified deposits or metal well enough. But in healthy (non-calcified) vessels, it's very accurate. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a coronary artery dissection?

What sort of disorder is a coronary artery dissection?

Serious: It means a tear in the coronary arterial wall and almost always leads to sudden cessation of vital blood flow to the heart muscle ie. A heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more