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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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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