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Can someone at the hospital explain the autopsy report?

Can someone at the hospital explain the autopsy report?

Pathologist: The pathologist who conducted the autopsy would likely be the best person to contact to ask questions about the report. In some cases the family doctor or hospitalist can also answer those questions. ...Read more

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Autopsy (Definition)

An autopsy is an examination of an individual after death to ascertain the cause of death. It can be a complete examination of all organs or a focussed examination of one (or several) organ(s). It may involve gross examination (features obvious to the naked eye) as well as microscopic examination of dissected tissues. The results are often released in the form ...Read more


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When refering to Sepsis at Autopsy.... How does the pathologist source location of sepsis & how does the pathologist confirm death was from sepsis

When refering to Sepsis at Autopsy....

How does the pathologist source location of sepsis & how does the pathologist confirm death was from sepsis

Cause of death: Sepsis is a mechanism of death and should not be listed on the death certificate. The cause of the sepsis should be listed as cause of death. We pathologists are very familiar with a bunch of cell and organ changes that indicates bacteria were rampaging in the bloodstream before death, but the real interest is in, "Why?" ...Read more

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What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

Yes and No: There are laws and protocols that must be followed. Depending on the reason for coma, the prognosis may be poor, and likely, this is your concern? I'm sorry if you are in this situation. It is not inappropriate to withdrawal care and place the patient on comfort measure, but again, their are laws and protocols that dictate who makes that decision. ...Read more

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Can you tell me treatment of patient suffering from stable angina in the emergency department of a hospital?

Can you tell me treatment of patient suffering from stable angina in the emergency department of a hospital?

Angina: Not sure what you are asking. We have standard treatment for stable angina. The er is a place to go for unstable angina. The first time angina is noticed you can argue you don't know whether its stable or unstable so might go to er. ...Read more

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During an autopsy how can the doctor know that the cause of death was from caridac arrythmia?

During an autopsy how can the doctor know that the cause of death was from caridac arrythmia?

History: There are no direct pathological findings in an autopsy of cardiac arrhythmia. We use the ECG monitor feed or automated defibrillator information from ems if patient is attached to one before death. However, if that objective data is not available, I use the diagnosis "no anatomical cause of death, presumed arrhythmia" and then try to explain what history or findings point to arrhythmia. ...Read more

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I read that blood samples were taken during the patient's initial visit to the hospital. Is it released to the public health officials?

I read that blood samples were taken during the patient's initial visit to the hospital. Is it released to the public health officials?

Blood: Not unless patient signed a release form. The results can be released, but not identifying information. ...Read more

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Does anybody know where I can interview somebody in the field of anesthesiology in pittsburgh, pa?

Does anybody know where I can interview somebody in the field of anesthesiology in pittsburgh, pa?

Ask your hospital: Every hospital has anesthesiologists on staff. If you are going to have surgery and want to speak with an anesthesiologist, the hospital should be able to point you in the right direction. Depending on the kind of surgery that is needed, you may want to speak with someone who specializes in anesthesia for that type of surgery. You absolutely have the right to see your anesthesiologist in advance. ...Read more

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Could an autopsy be done if the patient died when being transferred from hospital to hospital?

Could an autopsy be done if the patient died when being transferred from hospital to hospital?

Yes: Either hospital may choose to a medical autopsy. If you suspect foul play, contact your local medical examiner/coroner for assistance. ...Read more

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In ca, if a patient's advanced directive says dnr, but the patient verbally states desire for resuscitation at hospital admission. What will happen?

In ca, if a patient's advanced directive says dnr, but the patient verbally states desire for resuscitation at hospital admission. What will happen?

Most recent is right: An advanced directive is just a statement of someone's wishes in the event of a serious illness. Wishes can change. The most recent and clear statement of intent is the one that counts. But it can't be some relative interpreting the patient's intent for them. The reason you need advanced directives is if the situation arises where a dnr is needed, the patient is usually too out of it to change it. ...Read more

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What happens if you can't find the veins of a patient in an emergency-room setting?

What happens if you can't find the veins of a patient in an emergency-room setting?

Other options: Getting IV access is vital in an acute scenario. At times, antecubrtal areas are not helpful. At these times, the top of the foot, inguial area or subclavian access may be needed. These are harder to access but are ususally successful. Inguial sticks access the femoral veins and must only be done by experienced hands, same for a subclavian or central-line approach. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me what "positive in myoepithilial layer" mean in a biopsy report of the breast?

Can someone explain to me what "positive in myoepithilial layer" mean in a biopsy report of the breast?

Benign / noninvasive: Retention of myoepithelial layer reflects benign nature of the process. It is retained in early malignancy (in situ carcinoma) and is used to decide invasive nature of the process (using special immunostains as indicated). ...Read more

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Anyone knows if the segawa dystonia can show up at the first year of age?

Anyone knows if the segawa dystonia can show up at the first year of age?

Possibly: Segawa syndrome, also known as dopa-responsive dystonia (drd) usually has symptom onset around age 6 but there have been case reports of it occurring in the first year (as well as much later). It is usually described as autosomal dominant with incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity among family members. Autosomal recessive types also exist. Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the mri/mra results of the brain?

Can you please explain the mri/mra results of the brain?

Results: Can you post some of the specifics? Or, message a HealthTap doc for a more in depth discussion. ...Read more

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What will happen if someone calls a crisis hotline and says they took or are about to overdose? Can they trace the call on a cell phone?

What will happen if someone calls a crisis hotline and says they took or are about to overdose?  Can they trace the call on a cell phone?

That's an idea...: If the volunteers on the crisis hotline can know where the caller is, they can send help to help the caller make it through the day, the next day, then another week... and maybe the caller will get better and go on to do some really wonderful things in life. That being said, it's very hard to know exactly where a cell phone is (the location can only be estimated). ...Read more

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Can one know at the age of 18 whether a person will go bald in the future?

Can one know at the age of 18 whether a person will go bald in the future?

Baldness: There is a new on line calculator that helps to predict baldness. Go to: http://alpecin.Co.Uk/en/baldness-calculator.Html the genetics of male pattern baldness (mpb) isn't that well understood. Which means it is hard to predict whether or not you'll pass the timing of your mpb on to your sons. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if pancreatic canceris fatal all the time or just the majority of the time?

Can someone tell me if pancreatic canceris  fatal all the time or just the majority of the time?

Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer, especially the adenocarcinoma variety has very poor response to traditional chemo. New drugs and combinations are being developed and approved. Survival appears to be somewhat better with the new therapy. New patients are encouraged to enter clinical trials. ...Read more

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Can you report another's facebook in case of cyberbullying?

Can you report another's facebook in case of cyberbullying?

This is a legal ques: If you are not an adult, you should tell your parents what you suspect. If you are an adult and you feel there is imminent danger to someone, you should report it to the proper authorities. ...Read more