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What is the main difference between cord edema and cord compression?

What is the main difference between cord edema and cord compression?

Cord compression is: The actual pinching or crushing of the spinal cord that can lead to swelling or edema but one can have this edema or swelling without necessarily having any cord compression. They both can present with the same symptoms and findings on exam. ...Read more

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Edema (Definition)

Edema is also known as Swelling. 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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Had spine mri.. showed 4 compression fractures.. and bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity.. what does this mean? I'm only 39

Had spine mri.. showed 4 compression fractures.. and bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity.. what does this mean? I'm only 39

Needs evaluation: Unless you lift pianos for a living, then you should not be getting vertebral compression fractures at age 39. Have you had your ovaries removed? If so, and you've not had hormone replacement therapy then a lack of estrogen could cause increased osteoporosis. Diseases of the bone marrow can also cause weakened vertebrae, so I'd start by checking blood counts, and serum protein electrophoresis. ...Read more

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Pitted edema both legs, no DVT should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Pitted edema both legs, no DVT  should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Calf high works well: The calf muscles act as the main leg circulation pumps so calf compression stockings may work nearly as well as thigh high supports. The other consideration is what strength: consider 30-40 mmhg compression stockings, but recent studies show 20-30 mmhg may work nearly as well, and are easier to put on and take off. Since results vary, consider experimenting with different stocking types. ...Read more

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Today i'm trying compression stockings for pitting edema. But when i put them on i feel pressure in my face and head, why? -dvt, -chf, -ckd, +hbp, +dm

Today i'm trying compression stockings for pitting edema. But when i put them on i feel pressure in my face and head, why? -dvt, -chf, -ckd, +hbp, +dm

Compression : The hose are likely working pushing fluid into the venous system and the central venous pressure increase is being felt in your face. ...Read more

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I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

Stockings ok: You are female and 42 years old. You have bilateral leg swelling and your doctor notes venous incompetence. Stockings should be ok. First make sure you can have the correct fitting. Many patients can tolerate these if done correctly. Your doctor also may want to assess your cardiac function by echocardiography. Normal function is 75%. Be well. ...Read more

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How long does the edema take to subside? I stopped taking pain-killers. Should i try ice-compression. I have been given normal elastic knee bandage

How long does the edema take to subside? I stopped taking pain-killers. Should i try ice-compression.  I have been given normal elastic knee bandage

Can take a few weeks: Usually most edema resolves in a few weeks, however depending on the type of injury it could take longer. Ice and compression will help. Nsaids will help. If no luck with that see your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

NO: Compression hose per se doesn't cause this - i would be concerned that application of the hose dislodged a pre-existing deep vein thrombosis (clot) with resulting pulmonary embolism (clot to the lung). This must be addressed at a hospital. A spiral ct angiogram of the lung is the test of choice. ...Read more

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What is cord edema at c5-6 and c6-7?

What is cord edema at c5-6 and c6-7?

Exactly what it says: It is swelling of the spinal cord in the cervical areas mentioned. A better question is what is causing the edema. ...Read more

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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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