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At night, my sinuses swell. Sometimes they instantly clear, else they'll clear while i'm asleep. In daytime drippy nose = atrovent (ipratropium) spray a.M. Had turbinate procedure. Ent says he can't help. Can you?

At night, my sinuses swell. Sometimes they instantly clear, else they'll clear while i'm asleep. In daytime drippy nose = atrovent (ipratropium) spray a.M. Had turbinate procedure. Ent says he can't help. Can you?

Common as we age: Many, many older people develop chronic nasal drainage/ nasal congestion for unknown reasons. Claritin or Allegra bring mixed results. Some people have great success with steroid nasal spray (a prescription). Some people use an otc sleep aid that inserts into the nostrils to widen the airway. You may have this forever without ever determining the cause or finding a great cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Ent And Head And Neck Surgery (Definition)

Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and ...Read more


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What are the differences between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

What are the differences between a cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?

In a diagnostic : procedure, they are just trying to figure out if there is a problem and what it is. In an intervention, they are trying to fix a problem, like a blockage in an artery, for instance. ...Read more

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Why is doctor planning to do laproscopy as diagnostic procedure for ectopic pregancy?

Why is doctor planning to do laproscopy as diagnostic procedure for ectopic pregancy?

To keep you safe: Ectopic pregnancies are somtimes hard to locate. They also are life-threatening if not caught in time. Your doc has probably determined that it is safer to perform a laparoscopic procedure to visually evaluate your pelvic organs, make sure an ectopic is identified early & treated if needed. A salpingostomy can be performed (open the tube & remove the ectopic) which spares your tube if undamaged. ...Read more

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Is there a less invasive procedure to shrink tonsils than tosillectomy? I have asymmetric tonsil. Ent dr says no problem unless gets bigger. Big 4 yrs

Is there a less invasive procedure to shrink tonsils than tosillectomy? I have asymmetric tonsil. Ent dr says no problem unless gets bigger. Big 4 yrs

Most commonly time: Tonsils ; adenoids are lymph nodes exposed to what is coming in by mouth, a first line of immune system awareness. Surgical excision (cutting out the tissue) was long promoted but an ENT group, starting in the early 1980s, began their own randomized trial of surgical vs. Symptomatic treatments. Results, no benefit (except $) from surgery unless breathing was blocked or abscess under the organ(s). ...Read more

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What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

A biopsy: A biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of tissue that is then examined by a pathologist to come up with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Relating to a diagnostic procedure what does the term sensitivity mean?

See below: Sensitivity is the chance of getting a positive test in someone who has the disease. For example, if you have 100 people with a strep throat who get a throat swab, and 95 of those throat swabs are positive, that throat swab test has a sensitivity of 95%. Notice that a sensitivity of 95% means that 5 out of 100 who have a strep throat would be falsely negative on the throat swab. ...Read more

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What diagnostic procedure would you expect prior to direct current cardioversion?

What diagnostic procedure would you expect prior to direct current cardioversion?

Depends: This would not apply to an emergency situation. Obviously, an electrocardiogram is done in all patient requiring cardioversion. Also, echocardiogram in most. Additional studies may be done based on situation/diagnosis. For example, in patients with atrial fibrillation, a transesophageal echocardiogram maybe needed. ...Read more

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Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Digital mammogram: For general screening, mammograms, while imperfect, remain the best tool and digital mammograms are better at "seeing through" breast tissue. A mammogram is more likely to miss cancers in women with dense breast tissue and young women. Ultrasound is most often used with mammogram either to help characterize abnormalities seen on mammogram or to aid in finding abnormalities in dense breast tissue. ...Read more

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