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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Consult ENT : I am not an ENT doctor, but this is in general a reference to surgery done for cancer in the neck. And has to do with the extent of surgical removal with 'radical' being a more aggressive surgery with removal of lymph nodes etc, and modified usually being confined to clear margins. Please ask an ENT surgeon for the best input. ...Read more
Stenting: A dissection during an angiogram may occur when the catheter tip tears a small hole in the artery. This allows blood to enter into the artery wall and can cause closure of the artery. If the dissection is small then nothing needs to be done except watching for evidence of artery closure. If the dissection is larger the a stent may need to be placed or in some instances arterial surgical repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would the docs know if I have dissection of the aorta without any scans? If they say we would know?
They can: often tell by history and physical if your symptoms are due to a dissection of the aorta or not. You had an echo which is a scan and they may or may not have looked at part of your aorta during that exam. It all depends on where your pain is located. A simple ultrasound can rule out an aortic dissection. The mean age this occurs is in the 60s, sometimes in the 40s (unless you have Marfans synd) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the steps to take when a nephrectomy is preformed procedure wise? Dissection, anatomy to know, etc.
I felt sharp pain that like stabbed my chest but it went away. If it had been a dissection the pain wouldn't have stopped right?
Yes : Typically you will require to be on anticoagulantion like Coumadin (warfarin) for around three to six months and blood pressure control . Most of the time the dissection will heal by itself. If you have symptoms of decrease blood flow to stomach or liver then patient may need surgery but this is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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