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Dr. PIUS KURIAN Dr. KURIAN
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
30 years in practice
Bombay University, Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College
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Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more


Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention in just one leg is usually related to obstruction in the venous and/or lymphatics draining that swollen leg.

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention causes swelling that increases with gravitation (eg leg swelling after standing for long period of time). It is symmetric and dimples when pressed upon. Also, weight will fluctuate rapidly when caused by fluid retention. Notably, there are many other causes for leg swelling, and if occurring in one leg only, then likely not fluid.

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Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I've been elevating my legs overnight due to fluid retention when I wake in the morning the swelling has gone but now they've swelled up again!

I've been elevating my legs overnight due to fluid retention when I wake in the morning the swelling has gone but now they've swelled up again!

Fluid retention: When you lie down and elevate your legs, the edema fluid leaves your legs and goes into your blood and you have increased urination at night. That's why your legs are less swollen in the am. During the day, water goes to the most dependent part of your body, your legs. At 29, you are not expected to have edema. See a cardiologist or a neprhologist to find out why you do. Good luck.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

Here are some. ..: Known to most, every life event including illness is always a process of lifelong making and, as well, displays itself as a process of full spectrum; so, does hf and yours is expected as you have been experiencing. Besides, it would be helpful to realize life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation.

Dr. John Landi Dr. Landi
Phlebology
43 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Could chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs) be reversed?

Could chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs) be reversed?

CVI treatable.: Chronic venous insufficiency is due to malfunctioning of valves in the superficial, deep or both venous systems. Although not reversible, it is treatable. The superficial valves, if leaking, can be closed via laser. The deep valves are treated symptomatically with elevation, compression hose, possibly lymphedema massage and compression pumps. The goal is to prevent worsening of the cvi

Dr. Ted King Dr. King
Phlebology
36 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to reverse chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs)?

Is it possible to reverse chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs)?

Yes: But as dr. Hertszman said, the first step is to see a vein specialist who can do an ultrasound evaluation of your legs and confirm that you do indeed have chronic venous insufficiency. If you do, then a treatment plan can be put together, as dr. Hertzman outlined.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs) be reversed or it never reverses?

Can chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs) be reversed or it never reverses?

Venous stasis: Venous insufficiency can be controlled medically with compression and some simple preventive measures. Venous insufficiency, if deemed severe enough due to complications (like ulcerations), can be treated with surgery. Even with surgery, complete correction, from the pure sense of the word, is not the correct language. You would still have compression stockings recommended after the procedure.

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Dr. Joshua Moss Dr. Moss
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
14 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Abnormal fluid retention and swelling in the legs with minimal response to diuretics, retention onset was rapid, could be because methadone maintenanc?

Abnormal fluid retention and swelling in the legs with minimal response to diuretics, retention onset was rapid, could be because methadone maintenanc?

Not likely: You should seek a full evaluation from your physician -- such swelling can be the result of cardiac, renal (kidney), liver, and/or vascular (blood vessel) problems, amongst other things.

Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I am having fluid retention (most noticeable in my legs but present everywhere). I work out and watch my salt intake, take lasex. What cld cause this?

I am having fluid retention (most noticeable in my legs but present everywhere). I work out and watch my salt intake, take lasex. What cld cause this?

Leg edema cause: If you have no kidney or cardiac disease and are not pregnant, the possible causes of your leg edema could be chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema of your legs, NSAID use, prolonged sitting or standing and thrombophlebitis (a blood clot in one of the veins of your leg) see your physician to see if one of these is causing your problem and to make sure your heart and kidneys are fine.

Dr. Frank Holmes Dr. Holmes
Sports Medicine
19 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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About 4 years ago I had a knee injury (undiagnosed) and ever since I have had occasional fluid retention in the same area?

About 4 years ago I had a knee injury (undiagnosed) and ever since I have had occasional fluid retention in the same area?

Fluid=damage: Swelling within the knee joint is most often a sign of structural damage. Cartilage injury (both meniscus and articular cartilage) problems would be the most likely source of swelling. Patellar (kneecap) instability, tendonitis (if swelling outside the joint) and chronic ligament tearing are other possibilities. If I can be of help, then join my virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes

Dr. Aaron Milstone Dr. Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Right heart strain: This is usually related to right heart strain from lung disease or from pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the pulmonary vascular bed). Patients with advanced copd/emphysema develop increased pressure in their lungs which causes the right side of the heart to dilate/enlarge. This in turn causes fluid retention in the legs/ankles (known as edema).

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Dr. David Youmans Dr. Youmans
Radiology - Interventional
23 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Foot and lower calf swelling w/fluid retention, blue surface and spider veins, red blotch here and there that follow lower veins?

Foot and lower calf swelling w/fluid retention, blue surface and spider veins, red blotch here and there that follow lower veins?

Discolored leg: You should see a physician immediately to have this evaluated. It will be very important to rule out venous thrombosis, which can be very serious.

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Dr. Peter Duic Dr. Duic
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
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Is it normal to have extra water retention following a knee laceration that required stitches (7)? I also did thyrogen therapy (2 shots) this week.

Is it normal to have extra water retention following a knee laceration that required stitches (7)? I also did thyrogen therapy (2 shots) this week.

No: You should expect some localized swelling around the laceration from the injury. This should not however cause you to retain fluid elsewhere.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Tongue gets very large days before/during period. Fluid retention? How to cure?

Fluid: It is true that fluid retention caused by hormonal changes in the week before the menstrual period commonly occurs, but I have never heard of that affecting the tongue. Careful salt restriction the week before your period is due may alleviate your symptom.

Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Laura Anissian Dr. Anissian
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Recent repeat fasciotomy. Loose fluid found in leg. If fasciotomies causing morel-lavallee lesions causing scarring, what treatment compression drain?

Recent repeat fasciotomy. Loose fluid found in leg. If fasciotomies causing morel-lavallee lesions causing scarring, what treatment compression drain?

VAC will help: Blood supply to skin and subcutaneous tissue comes from perforating vessels from fascia, when disrupted as in fasciotomy, blood and fluid collects next to edges called 'morel-lavallee's lesions that delays tissue approximation and healing, vac (vacuum assisted closure) will help to heal faster.

Dr. Mohammed Parvez Dr. Parvez
Internal Medicine
10 years in practice
NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, Deccan College of Medical Sciences
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I retain fluid in my face and legs. I don, 't usually add extra salt to my diet. What could be contributing to the water retention?

I retain fluid in my face and legs. I don, 't usually add extra salt to my diet. What could be contributing to the water retention?

Multiple reasons: The list of probable causes is long, from heart failure to liver or kidney disease, cushing's disease to hypothyroidism etc. Please discuss with your doctor who can help you to identify the problem and discuss treatment options.

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