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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Edema (Definition)

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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What might cause swelling in ankles, under eyes, and a red, purplish tint to fingernail beds? Also have some gastrointestinal trouble and pain rt ab.

What might cause swelling in ankles, under eyes, and a red, purplish tint to fingernail beds? Also have some gastrointestinal trouble and pain rt ab.

See your doctor: Your history has listed hypothyroid and diabetes on insulin pump; in addition, your symptoms are vague and can be caused by so many things. I would recommend making an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms. That way they can ask the proper f/u questions and better understand what you are noticing AND they can examine you (which is an important part when you are c/o abd pain) ...Read more

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How is edema measured?

How is edema measured?

Edema: The only accurate way to measuse edema is by using a tape measure. Swelling in the legs can be measured in this way however, facial swelling could not. Daily body weight is often used as a crude way to monitor edema that cannot be measured accurately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of edema?

What are the symptoms of edema?

Edema: Edema can be a symptom of heart, kidney and/or liver failure, among other causes. It is also a side effect of some medications. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/edema/basics/definition/con-20033037 & http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/edema-overview for more info. ...Read more

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Edema need refill no insuranve ?

Edema need refill no insuranve
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Healthtap Prime: You could have a consult or concierge visit with one of the physicians on HealthTap Prime. Check out the details on the website. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is pedol edema?

Could you tell me what is pedol edema?

Foot swelling: It is swelling of the foot or feet. It does not necessarily mean a critical problem but the feet are swollen ...Read more

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What's heat edema?

What's heat edema?

Heat injury: One of many signs of heat injury can be swelling in tissues. Often means one has been overheated to such a degree that the kidneys are overwhelmed and are unable to maintain a good salt balance.Avoid heat injury! ...Read more

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Are edema and swelling synonymous?

Are edema and swelling synonymous?

Not always: In most instances when a patient says legs are swollen they are often are referring to edema, which is the accumulation of fluid in the extremities. However other things besides edema can cause swelling such as infection involving a body part, blood clots in veins(phlebitis), a bruise to the head or face, etc. ...Read more

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Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Protein vs calories: in Kwash, there is significant deficiency in protein intake which in turn leads to drop in the oncotic pressure inside the blood vessels, causing leakage of fluids to the third spaces hence the edema. In merasmus, there is calorie deficit in general but still enough protein intake to maintain normal oncotic pressure. ...Read more

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What causes leg edema?

What causes leg edema?

Fluid retention: There are many causes of this fluid retention some very serious such as kidney failure, heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and portal vein blockage in the liver. Less serious causes include varicose veins, and excessive salt in the diet. Infrequent causes can be blockage of the veins in the abdomen. Single leg edema can indicate a dangerous clot in the leg. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is corneal edema?

What is corneal edema?

Swelling : Corneal edema implies swelling of the cornea. There are myriad of reasons for corneal edema, some more serious than others. Treatment to preserve corneal function is important. An ophthalmologist is an expert to evaluate and treat such conditions. ...Read more

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Edema can cause itching?

Edema can cause itching?

If long standing: rather the venous congestion can lead to stasis dermatitis, which in turn can cause itching, but transient edema rarely does ...Read more

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What is peripheral edema?

What is peripheral edema?

Swelling.: Edema is the greek word for swelling; peripheral is the greek word for circumferential. Together, these two words connote the swelling typically seen in right heart failure, when the venous return to the heart cannot be pumped forward adequately, thus dilating the veins and spilling over into the soft tissues. ...Read more

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Is pitting edema serious?

Is pitting edema serious?

Yes: Putting edema is due to significant fluid retention and it is one of the common sign of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for edema?

What is the treatment for edema?

Treat the cause: Edema is swelling of the skin that can be caused by many things. Usually we treat the cause but sometimes we give water pills to decrease it, such as in heart failure. ...Read more

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How can you reduce pitting edema?

How can you reduce pitting edema?

Tx Cause: Depends on ethiology. If morbidly obese need to undo morbid obesity. If secondary to congestive heart failure, treat correct failure. If due to venous drainage inssuficiency in leg , anti embolic stockings. Leg elevation higher than right atrium for several hours will diminish leg swelling. Need venous reflux study. If valve on common femoral vein incompetent, axillary valve vein autotransplant ...Read more

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Can pitting edema be not serious?

Sure.: Swollen ankles after use of calcium channel blockers is anticipated and inconsequential. Another example of benign pitting edema: swollen feet after standing in excessively hot weather. ...Read more

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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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What is the scale of a pitting edema?

See below: Here are 2 scales below: 1+ barely detectable impression when finger is pressed into skin. 2+ slight indentation. 15 seconds to rebound 3+ deeper indentation. 30 seconds to rebound. 4+ >30 seconds to rebound. 1+ 2mm depression, barely detectable. Immediate rebound. 2+ 4mm deep pit. A few seconds to rebound. 3+ 6mm deep pit. 10-12 seconds to rebound. 4+ 8mm: very deep >20sec. ...Read more

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Gastrointestinal (Definition)

Definition: anything pertaining to ...Read more