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Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

No: Assuming ventricular shunts in the brain, proper placement is important to minimize chance of blockage. But there is no way to predict or prevent actual malfunction. Patients with shunts should be followed up regularly and discuss any symptoms of headaches, nausea, or vision problems immediately with their doctor. Surgical correction may be needed. (other shunts exist: e.g. Av dialysis ). ...Read more

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Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Can be vp brain shunt surgery done by awake method ( e.G. When the patient has apart from hydrocephalus (e.G heart dis.) and anest. Risk is so big?

Can be vp  brain shunt surgery done by awake method ( e.G. When the patient has apart from hydrocephalus (e.G heart dis.) and anest. Risk is so big?

Its not the rouitine: Vp shunt surgery is usually done with general anesthesia. This is the safest way to do it. Under extreme circumstances, it is possible to do this surgery with local anesthesia nd sedation, but again this will be very unusual. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy be caused by damage during adulthood, or do you have to be a child?

Can cerebral palsy be caused by damage during adulthood, or do you have to be a child?

No: Little's disease or cerebral palsy as it is now known is defined as a disorder of motion and posture related to an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs anytime from pregnancy up to the age of 3 years. Traumatic brain injury in an adult brain can produce similar effects, but is not cp. ...Read more

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How can kidney failure be prevented during use of IV contrast?

How can kidney failure be prevented during use of IV contrast?

Hydration: Make sure you drink lots of water after the study. If you take metformin, stop 48 hours prior to study and 24 h after. ...Read more

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Can drowsiness caused by antihistamines be treated or minimized at a necesary event?

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Can drowsiness caused by antihistamines be treated or minimized at a necesary event?

Yes but: A decongestant is often added to antihistamine and would counteract some of the drowsy effects but that is not a good solution. There are at least two other non-drowsy antihistamines available and steroid nasal spray actually works far better without the drowsy effect. If your only choice is a sedating antihistamine, take it an hour before you go to bed instead of the morning. ...Read more

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Can a uncovered sten from bile duct be removed easily or the same can be fatal?

Can a uncovered sten from bile duct be removed easily or the same can be fatal?

Dr. can remove the stent: Billy or cracks dance routine he remove my doctors there is a small chance of death but this is unlikely cannot really give any specific advice without specific information to Dr. consult the best person to ask this questions for Dr. put a stent in ...Read more

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Pancreas damaged, due to diabities, can pancreas be repaired by operations or with medicine.

Pancreas damaged, due to diabities,  can  pancreas be repaired by operations or with medicine.

Diabetes usually: Doesn't damage the pancreas. The death of certain insulin-producing cells in the pancreas can produce diabetes, but the remainder of the pancreas usually functions normally. There is no medication or operation to improve the diabetes cell death, except to keep your glucose as normal as possible. The rest of the pancreas usually is spared and also can't be helped by surgery. ...Read more

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What problems can be detected with a heart cath?

What problems can be detected with a heart cath?

Several things: This is an important diagnostic tool that cardiologist use. They can look for narrowing of arteries in the heart, find holes inside the heart, check pressures in the heart, evaluate how well the heart is pumping, evaluate the function of heart valves and biopsies. It is an invasive procedure and requires placing small catheters and wires inside an artery like the femoral or radial arteries. ...Read more

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Can permanent damage to oesophagus be caused by anaesthesia while undergoing surgery for pituitary using eea . Think i may have acidity since then.

Can permanent damage to oesophagus be caused by anaesthesia while undergoing  surgery for pituitary using eea . Think i may have acidity since then.

Esophagus trauma: There are several adverse effects associated with general anesthesia, however, your acidity sounds like it's an independent problem. Have you had a fluctuation in weight after your pituitary surgery. This is common and is a more likely source of your acidity. Try not to recline or lay down for at least 2hrs after eating or drinking. Avoid spicy, caffeine, citrus, tomato. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the diagnosis would be made whether a stroke was caused by hemorrhage or other cerebral infraction (thrombus/embulus)?

Can you tell me how the diagnosis would be made whether a stroke was caused by hemorrhage or other cerebral infraction (thrombus/embulus)?

CT or MRI : A Brain CT scan would show if there is a brain hemorrhage but it does not show other causes of stroke well soon after it occurs. A brain MRI is the best test to see stroke soon after it occurs and show if caused by blood spillage or lack of blood flow. It can also show how long ago a stroke happened (new vs. old) ...Read more

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Can a person with three bare metal heart stents be shocked by a defibrillator soon after stent placement. Could holes in heart be caused by blowout?

Can a person with three bare metal heart stents be shocked by a defibrillator soon after stent placement. Could holes in heart be caused by blowout?

Unlikely: "holes" in the heart may be the consequence of heart attacks but not from defibrillator discharges. Also they usually happen during/after the first heart attack. ...Read more

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Can the blindness caused by diabetes be prevented or treated successfully?

Can the blindness caused by diabetes be prevented or treated successfully?

Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the retina (the back of your eye), causing leakage of fluid and/or blood. It's very important for diabetics to be seen on a regular basis to rule this out. If there is vision loss from diabetes this can often be treated to stabilize the vision, but the vision loss is often permanent. ...Read more

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Angiogram test showed 2 blocks of 90% blockage which needs to be treated by angioplast. Is it necessary to do urgently ? Or can it be treated by med?

Angiogram test showed 2 blocks of 90% blockage which needs to be treated by angioplast. Is it necessary to do urgently ? Or can it be treated by med?

Angioplasties : These procedures are indicated when the symptoms are not controlled by medical therapy. If it's indicated, the symptoms severity would dictate the acuity of the procedure. ...Read more

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What problems can be detected through a cardiac catheterization?

What problems can be detected through a cardiac catheterization?

Many: Cardiac catheterization is excellent at detecting blocked heart arteries, leaking or narrowed heart valves, damage to the muscle of the heart, and abnormalities of the lining of the heart (pericardium). ...Read more

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I have binocular diplopia can it be prevented with glases or operation is needed?

I have binocular diplopia   can it be prevented with glases or operation is needed?

Glasses: Prism glasses can help correct small to moderate amounts of diplopia surgery is also corrective but may not eliminate entirely the need for glasses. ...Read more

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Can Petechiea in the eye caused by increased venous pressure be healed or treated?

Can Petechiea in the eye caused by increased venous pressure be healed or treated?

You are likely: referring to a conjunctival hemmorhage although a picture would be best for a proper diagnosis. These types of bleeds resolve on their own within a few days. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with craniostenosis to relieve increased intracranial pressure?

What can be done for someone with craniostenosis to relieve increased intracranial pressure?

Craniosynostosis =: premature fusion of one or more sutures, fibrous joints between the plates of bone in an infant's skull. Pediatric neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive surgery followed by helmet molding therapy for infants 3 months & younger. For older infants, they perform calvarial vault remodeling.Craniosynostosis is usually sporadic, but can occur in a variety of inheritable genetic syndromes. ...Read more

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If after angiography clots were found in veins or arteries, what may be the treatment, surgical or simply the problem may be solved by medicines?

If after angiography clots were found in veins or arteries, what may be the treatment, surgical or simply the problem may be solved by medicines?

Anti clotting medici: thrombus in arteries or veins that have been cannulated with an IV can be treated with anti-clotting meds such as Coumadin (aka warfarin) or the newer anticoagulants such as xarelto. If clot too large or causing limb ischemia then IV clot buster may be needed and/or surgery (thrombectomy) ...Read more