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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


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What would cause sudden pain and swelling on the top of left foot and ankle, no known injury and no heart prob.

What would cause sudden pain and swelling on the top of left foot and ankle, no known injury and no heart prob.

Two causes that come: to my mind, without any injury (fall or something heavy falling on the foot or ankle) are Gout or Pseudogout. Others include maybe an insect bite. See your PCP to have a blood test and even some fluid removed from the swollen part might provide an answer(Dx). ...Read more

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read more

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What would cause excessive swelling in the feet who has heart disease and diabetes? Had triple bypass over 10 yrs ago & then stints

What would cause excessive swelling in the feet who has heart disease and diabetes?  Had triple bypass over 10 yrs ago & then stints

2 things most likely: Hi. The condition you describe is volume overload, and in the patient you describe, either congestive heart failure and/or advanced kidney disease would be the most likely cause(s). That person should see his/her doctor for help with easing pump function and diuresis. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

Low pressure, : Water leaks out of the vessels and can not be pumped out of the legs due to low pressure. Low pressure also reduces the blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in activation of hormones that cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

Medical exam needed: Many infants have mild heart murmurs that are of no concern. However, the firm swelling you describe is concerning. It's not likely related to the heart murmur, since heart failure in infants doesn't usually cause leg swelling, but rather poor feeding, lethargy and breathing trouble. But leg swelling should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Possible cause of upper back pain, heart palps, excess nasal & vag mucus(both white & watery), nasal & vag swelling, nausea, weepiness, fatigue?

Possible cause of upper back pain, heart palps, excess nasal & vag mucus(both white & watery), nasal & vag swelling, nausea, weepiness, fatigue?

Needs PCP eval: Hello Michele! Sorry to learn you have all these health issues. Strongly recommed you be seen by a Primary Care physician for a thorough work-up. Please atteptnto follow-thru with this recommendation. ...Read more

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My heart is swelling and I have severe pain. What can I do?

My heart is swelling and I have severe pain. What can I do?

ER: With this limited data, i interpret severe chest pain. In that case, call 911 or go to an er as soon as possible is the right answer. ...Read more

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Why has my heart been skipping beats? Parts of my body are swelling.?

Unrelated: Everybody's heart skips beats. Avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. Reduce stress and get plenty of sleep. If you're still bothered, a 24 hour recording of your heart and and echo (plus some routine lab work) would be indicated. Swelling is a completely unrelated problem. If you're female, monthly hormonal changes may be the culprit. ...Read more