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Describe an ultrasound procedure for kidney stones?

Describe an ultrasound procedure for kidney stones?

Easy peasy: Usually you will be asked to come with a full bladder. Gel will be placed on your skin and a tech will place a small device over the gel to take pictures, typically of your bladder first. It is painless. Then, you will likely be asked to empty bladder, then kidneys will be imaged same way. If you have ever seen a pregnant woman get an ultrasound it is the same thing, just in a different area. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Hows stereotactic biopsy procedure done?

Hows stereotactic biopsy procedure done?

Computerized locati: The suspicious density, seen in x-ray but can not be felt , this area is located in two or more planes, marked, computer guided needle enters, at the marked site and takes biopsy, radio opaque, marker is placed for future reference, that biopsy was taken from correct location , then simple small dressing will be applied. ...Read more

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What is the procedure kub for blasting a kidney stone?

What is the procedure kub for blasting a kidney stone?

Do you mean: Lithotripsy? If so, it uses high energy sound waves to break up kidney stones into smaller pieces that the patient can then pass in their urine. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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How is a CT Cisternogram done? I'm having done with a full spine CT Myelogram

How is a CT Cisternogram done? I'm having done with a full spine CT Myelogram

It is a CT myelogram: except that you are tilted feet up/head down so that gravity allows the contrast to get into the brain cisterns from the spinal thecal sac. The injection is the same. So, it is a CT myelogram with the addition of an extra manuever and an extra scan. ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

Different settings: There are different settings for this. The most appropriate is when a patient comes to the hospital with a heart attack in progress, under those circumstances, angioplasty (opening the occluded artery) saves lives. Cardiac catheterization is also indicated in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath with a positive stress test or high risk. Your doctor should decide. ...Read more

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Nstemi s/p cath: is this a diagnosing or treatment procedure?

Nstemi s/p cath: is this a diagnosing or treatment procedure?

Both: A cath will allow them to look inside the arteries. If there is a significant blockage they can fix it. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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Nstemi s/p cath: diagnosing or treatment procedure, what is this for?

Nstemi s/p cath: diagnosing or treatment procedure, what is this for?

Both: a cath post NSTEMI is done for "early definitive diagnosis and therapy". a non-invasive risk assessment will provide similar intermediate term mortality benefits, but may have more hospitalizations for chest pain and the patient will be on more meds for angina. in a young active person, the invasive approach is often reasonable. in an elderly sedentary person, i'm comfortable with noninvasive. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not miss dialysis sessions
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Eat low phosphorus foods
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Eat low potassium diet
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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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What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

PD cath: A peritoneal catheter is introduced in the lower abdomen to allow for introduction of fluids in and out. ...Read more

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What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

Excellent question!: Screening means checking for something when you don't have any symptoms (e.g., screening mammograms). Diagnostic procedures are done in order to figure out what is causing some problem (e.g., mammograms to see what is causing a breast lump). A list of needed screenings by age can be found in an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Lithotrypsy 10/15/14 kidney & opposite ureter. Still have Hydronephrosis both kidneys. Can cause be healing from procedure. CT Scan scheduled. Thanks?

Congratulation....: Congratulate for having successfully gone through procedures as reported 4 weeks ago. Lesser dedree of hydronephrosis may be still present if it was prominent resulting from long-term obstruction before procedures. So, ask Doc to elaborate the sequence of events in the imaging studies before & after procedures. At times, a degree of hydronephrosis may persist forever after a reasonable resolution. ...Read more

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Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Not traditionally: I don't believe so. There may be some programs that will experiment with noninvasive pre-fontan imaging, but i believe that this is risky. The pressures are obtainable only by catheterization and this data may change the operation (e.g., whether or not to fenestrate the fontan to allow a pop-off of blue blood to increase the cardiac output.) catheterization also allows presurgical interventions. ...Read more

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