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Dr. Corey Clay
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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If an X-ray state infiltrate, is the diagnosis pneumonia of should a culture and sensitivity be ordered? Could the infiltrate be something other like edema, blood clot and etc. So getting a sensitivity and culture be the thing to do? Infiltrate= need cult

If an X-ray state infiltrate, is the diagnosis pneumonia of should a culture and sensitivity be ordered? Could the infiltrate be something other like edema, blood clot and etc. So getting a sensitivity and culture be the thing to do? Infiltrate= need cult

Clinical dx: The DX of a pneumonia (pna) is based on clinical findings, confirmed by several lab findings which may also include a culture of sputum. In the community, most docs don't obtain a culture and will immediately treat with antibiotics (abx). A pna developing in the healthcare setting may be resistant to certain abx , so a culture should be obtained. A cxr alone is not sufficient to DX a pna. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...Read more

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For what reasons will a bad liver cause edema and blood clotting?

For what reasons will a bad liver cause edema and blood clotting?

See below: Liver failure is associated with edema (anasarca and ascites) as well as coagulopathies. There could be a window of time when you are hypercoagulable before your clotting system fails. ...Read more

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Morphine helps redistribute blood volume in pulmonary edema. How? And is it causing any reabsorbtion of fluid?

Morphine helps redistribute blood volume in pulmonary edema.  How? And is it causing any reabsorbtion of fluid?

In theory it works: As a vasodilator. By increasing peripheral venous blood volume, there is less venous blood returning back to the pulmonary circulation and thereby decrease the formation of pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure cause pulmonary edema?

Absolutely: By stressing the heart, high blood pressure can cause blood to not be pumped properly (against the high pressure) and thus accumulate in the lungs, which is pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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How can high blood pressure cause pulmonary edema?

How can high blood pressure cause pulmonary edema?

Cause...: High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder to circulate the blood to all organs and tissues. In turn, the heart muscle can then fail to circulate the blood adequately, thus leaving an excess of fluid in the lungs that the heart simply cannot circulate out of the lungs. This extra fluid in the lungs is pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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I just gave birth by c-section due to blood pressure and severe edema. Will preeclampsia return?

I just gave birth by c-section due to blood pressure and severe edema. Will preeclampsia return?

Maybe: Pre-eclampsia can reoccur in future pregnancies but are most common in young women, advanced maternal age women, those with preexisting medical problems like high blood pressure, obese women, and those who got pregnant with fertility treatments. Preeclampsia can start in the postpartum time for some or continue with high blood pressures for several weeks after the baby is born. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden stroke/seizure symptoms with sudden onset of cardiac edema, low blood pressure and chest pressure in a non epileptic geriatric?

What can cause sudden stroke/seizure symptoms with sudden onset of cardiac edema, low blood pressure and chest pressure in a non epileptic geriatric?

Stroke heart attack: Stroke is a lack of blood flow to an area in the brain, in can be due to a rupture of blood vessel, a clot or a weak blood flow like in low blood pressure, one of the symptoms of stroke can be a seizure, a heart attack can cause chest pressure low blood pressure and edema and subsequently predispose to an stroke due to lack of enough blood flow to the brain. Seizure can happen in non epileptics. ...Read more

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Would you have edema (severe) with euvolemic hyponatremia and would blood work be normal?

Would you have edema (severe) with euvolemic hyponatremia and would blood work be normal?

Urine electrolytes: Euvolemia means there is no evidence of dehydration nor fluid overload. Typically there is no edema in euvolemia. Hyponatremia - low serum sodium levels. One should check urine electrolytes to find out the exact reason for low serum sodium. This problem usually needs nephrologist consult. ...Read more

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You asked: I have tumors on both adrenals (2.6 and 2.8) could this cause edema. Is those large tumors? Only low on salt all other blood work ok.

No: The size of your tumor are not large enough to recommend surgery without them producing too much hormones. You say salt is low, have the adrenal hormone levels been checked as this can be a sign of hormone deficiency. First to eval adrenal nodules besides size is if they are making hormone so get cortisol, aldosterone and talk to doctor about checking for pheochromocytoma (rare adrenal tumor). ...Read more

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What can cause pooling of blood in are feet (pedal edema)?

What can cause pooling of blood in are feet (pedal edema)?

Many causes...: it can be medications, venous disease, diet, pregnancy, over activities, humidity, heart issues or gravity. many other questions need to be asked and an evaluation needs to be done in order to get an appropriate answer. It may not be a foot condition at all. ...Read more

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My dr is sure that my calf edema is from leaky blood vessels. What could make him so confident?

The question is why: Edema always leaks from blood vessels, but why? It could be related to too much salt in the diet or pressure on veins from being overweight, varicose veins, or too much standing. It sounds like the doc was saying there's no evidence of a more serious cause like heart, lung, kidney or liver disease or blocked veins. ...Read more

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My BP , blood sugar is under control.my echocardiography shows no abnormality.then y do i get pitting edema around ankles ?

My BP ,  blood sugar is under control.my echocardiography shows no abnormality.then y do i get pitting edema around ankles ?

Edema: Important to determine cause. Possibilities are: kidney losses of protein and low blood albumin, liver impairment of albumin synthesis and low blood albumin, nutritional insufficiency of protein and low blood albumin, venous insufficiency of leg veins, blockage of leg veins, or lung disease and venous engorgement, or kidney insufficiency and sodium retention. ...Read more

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I went to an optometrist and they said I had macula edema secondary to diabetes. Said that if control my blood sugar, it'll fix itself. Is this true?

I went to an optometrist and they said I had macula edema secondary to diabetes. Said that if control my blood sugar, it'll fix itself. Is this true?

Unfortunately not: Diabetic macular edema requires specific treatment. While controlling blood sugars is still the most important overall beneficial thing a diabetic can do for their health, it extremely rarely reverses macular edema. Please see a qualified retina specialist in your area, and you should get good recommendations and treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more