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What are the tests for intracardiac tumor?

What are the tests for intracardiac tumor?

Imaging: Intracardiac tumors are almost always discovered on imaging studies, typically ultrasound, because of a new murmur or impaired heart function. Most familiar is the atrial myxoma, which is usually easily removed with an excellent outcome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intracardiac tumor?

What are the symptoms of intracardiac tumor?

Emboli: Atrial myxoma is the commonest intracardiac tumor. It produces symptoms similar to that of an infection in the heart, i.e., fever, change in heart sounds. Blood clots form on the tumor and go to any organ in the body with resultant symptoms, e.g., stroke, blood in urine, abdominal pain etc. ...Read more

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What does an intracardiac tumor feel like in the body?

What does an intracardiac tumor feel like in the body?

Cant feel: Intracardiac tumors are within the heart and therefore can not be felt. Usually no symptoms are present. Some can dislodge and present with stroke like results. Others can obstruct flow across valves and cause heart failure like symptoms when large enough. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intracardiac tumor?

What is the definition or description of: Intracardiac tumor?

Tumor inside/Heart: It means there is a tumor or growth inside the cavity of your heart. It is a serious problem requiring immediate attention from a Cardiologist. Most such tumors can be removed with an operation and these tend to be benign..., with a few exceptions. Best thing to to do is get it removed quick. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for intracardiac tumor?

What is the treatment for intracardiac tumor?

Surgical: The common intracardiac tumor is atrial myxoma which is large when found and must be removed surgically, generally with an excellent result. Papillary elastrofibromas and rhabdomyomas may require no treatment, or may require surgery; get a full description of risks and benefits and give informed consent. ...Read more

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What is an echogenic intracardiac focus?

What is an echogenic intracardiac focus?

Benign finding: An eif (echocardiogenic intracardiac focus) is a common finding on fetal ultrasound. This is a small "bright" spot in the heart muscle, meaning that the spot is reflective of the ultrasound waves. The precise cause is unclear, but this finding on fetal ultrasound is not associated with any structural or functional abnormality in the baby. ...Read more

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"Cardiology Explained. Ashley EA, Niebauer J.Normal intracardiac dimensions Men:IV septum (diastole) 0.6-1.3 cm." Is 1.3 cm IV septum (diastole) normal?

"Cardiology Explained. Ashley EA, Niebauer J.Normal intracardiac dimensions Men:IV septum (diastole) 0.6-1.3 cm." Is 1.3 cm IV septum (diastole) normal?

Left Ventricle size.: 6- 10 mm is normal thickness, 11- 13 mm is mild left ventricular hypertrophy, 14-17 moderate and > 17 mm is severe. More than just septal thickness, they see ratio of the spatial thickens to left V posterior wall (back). They utilize the septal diameter for calculating left ventricular mass as a whole fromHypertension, aortic valve dz can cause, IHSS, genetically mediated asymmetric thickness ...Read more

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What is echogenic intracardiac?

EIF: If you are referring to an 'echogenic intracardiac focus', seen in a fetus during a sonogram- then it is essentially a bright white spot, seen within a chamber of the baby's heart, having the same brightness as bone. It is considered a 'soft' marker for down's syndrome. It is present in 15-30% of fetuses that have down's syndrome, and ~5% of normal fetuses. Additional testing (amnio, harmony, mat21. ...Read more

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My friend has an emergency intracardiac injection in her purse. Can an average person be properly trained to use it?

My friend has an emergency intracardiac injection in her purse. Can an average person be properly trained to use it?

Needs clarification: It is unlikely anyone has an :intracardiac injection in their purse because there is no value to injecting medicines into the heart itself for the most part. What many people have is an Epipen (epinephrine) which allows people with severe allergies to give themselves a dose of Epinephrine and stop or limit a severe allergic reaction. It is given into a muscle, often the thigh. It is easy to use, even kids learn. ...Read more

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Why does intracardiac right to left shunting occur? Since the left side of heart has higher pressure, how can blood from right side flow through?

Why does intracardiac right to left shunting occur? Since the left side of heart has higher pressure, how can blood from right side flow through?

Shunt: Good observation....We see right to left shunting when the right sided pressure is higher than the left side and a connection is present between the circulations. This is when pulmonary hypertension is present. There are various causes of pulmonary hypertension including late changes in the lung from left to right shunting. ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more

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Where can Wilms tumor be located in children?

Where can Wilms tumor be located in children?

Kidney: Wilms tumor is a tumor of the kidney. See this site for more info on this topic:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/wilmstumor/detailedguide/wilms-tumor-what-is-wilms-tumor ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of brain tumors in children?

What are the common symptoms of brain tumors in children?

Several: Vidual disturbance, headache, gait abnormslity, clumsiness, failure to meet milestones or regressio, alot depending on type and location. ...Read more

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If I have wilms tumor than will my children have this condition?

If I have wilms tumor than will my children have this condition?

Occasionally: Wilms tumor is a very uncommon, childhood tumor of the kidney. There are known cancer syndromes (such as beckwith-weidermann, denys-drash syndrome, pearlman syndrome), in which there are specific genetic alterations. However, if your children do not have these syndromes, it is most unlikely. ...Read more

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If I am caught with wilms tumor than how does it effects my chances be able to have children?

If I am caught with wilms tumor than how does it effects my chances be able to have children?

Unlikely to affect I: Although you will be getting chemo, it is unlikely that it will affect your ability to have children based on your age. ...Read more

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What is atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor and what is the survival rate for children 3 and older?

What is atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor and what is the survival rate for children 3 and older?

Malignantbrain tumor: Malignant brain tumor more commonly diagnosed in the childhood
usually localized in cerebellum so commonly children will have walking unsteadiness, headaches irritabilty
survival rate varies with age of child, amount of tumor left behind and metastases. Although survival is less than 15 % at 2 years for children less than 3. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex. Will all such children get tumors?

My daughter was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex. Will all such children get tumors?

Variable process: These kids get tubors, fleshy benign growths that can show up in a lot of places like the brain, heart, kidney etc. Thought they do not spread like cancer, they can interfere with normal organ function & trigger seizures. Ts can be very mild, I knew one mom who found out after college & chose to adopt rather than risk passing it on. Regular tests, ultrasound or ct can help avoid surprise complications. ...Read more

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Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Any ideas why most children have primary brain tumors and why do most adults have secondary brain tumors?

Simply age: Cancer is very rare in children, and relatively common in adults. So children rarely have a "chance" to have a cancer elsewhere in the body which can spread to the brain, whereas adults have plenty of chances to acquire secondary brain tumors. ...Read more

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How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

Vanishingly rare: Except as part of tuberous sclerosis, primary tumors in children rare exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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What are some types of brain tumor/cancer that's common in children-teens?

What are some types of brain tumor/cancer that's common in children-teens?

Brain tumor: Most common brain tumors in this age group are tumors of the posterior fossa which are medulloblastoma and cerebellar astrocytomas, also not uncommon are ependymomas. ...Read more

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What children are more likely to have childhood cancers/ brain tumor (brain cancer)?

What children are more likely to have childhood cancers/ brain tumor (brain cancer)?

Unlucky children: With very rare exceptions where a child has inherited a cancer predisposition gene, we do not understand what makes a child susceptible to developing a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Would children tylenol (acetaminophen) get rid of brain tumor headache in toddler? If a tumor was present would more symptoms be present beside headache?

Would children tylenol (acetaminophen) get rid of brain tumor headache in toddler? If a tumor was present would more symptoms be present beside headache?

Please clarify: Looking at the bigger picture it appears you are concerned that a child may have a brain tumor. However, it would appear also from the question that there has not been a diagnosis made to this point of such a thing. The child simply has a headache. Is that correct? I see no downside to using pediatric tylenol (acetaminophen) preparations in this particular case. What else is going on to worry you for a tumor? ...Read more

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Docs, what's causing brain tumours in children?

Docs, what's causing brain tumours in children?

We don't know: The only known cause for brain tumors is ionizing radiation (atomic bombs, radiation treatment for cancer). A few genetic syndromes raise the risk of brain tumors (neurofibromatosis types 1 ; 2, von hippel-lindau syndrome, li-fraumeni syndrome, turcot syndrome). There's not enough data to show that radiowaves (cellphones) or electromagnetic waves (power lines) cause brain tumors in anyone. ...Read more

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WHat are some tumor-causing diseases?

WHat are some tumor-causing diseases?

Viral associated: Many disorders have organisms that lead to malignant transformation. When hepatitits C causes cirrhosis one finds hepatomas developing. Gastric inflammation with helicobacter pylori lead to gastric and distal esophageal carcinomas. Aids immunodeficiency is associated with herpes 8 leading to cutaneous Kaposi sarcoma and inflammatory bowel disease has a high association with colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a type of music that can shrink tumors?

Is there a type of music that can shrink tumors?

No: Playing good classical music is known to help brain function. Exam performance does improve. The brain is tied to the immune system so that good brain function does help immune reactivity targeting a tumor. Similarly stress lowers immunity by pouring out steroids. While good immune function helps it has not been shown that with music, tumors will shrink. ...Read more

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Can a 3mm petuitary tumor cause hashimtos disease?

Can a 3mm petuitary tumor cause hashimtos disease?

No.: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body is mistakenly making antibodies against it's own tissue. But it is not related to the pituitary (although you should probably get that worked up). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a legion and a tumor?

What is the difference between a legion and a tumor?

Not sure = lesion: Common doctor jargon is when you see something abnormal and you are not sure what it is yet you call it a lesion. Once you do know, you call it what it is. (tumor, abscess, lymphnode etc) I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I know if it is circular or is this a tumor?

How can I know if it is circular or is this a tumor?

Question is unclear: A tumor is a growth or lump which can be felt as bump or swelling. I do not underastand what you mean from circular? ...Read more

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What is best option to remove tumor on illiac crest?

What is best option to remove tumor on illiac crest?

Resection: Most tumors situated on the iliac crest are sarcomatous in origin, that is bone, cartilage, fibrosarcoma et. Al. If they not too large, that is under 10 cm., en-block resection is employed. If larger and resection performed then radiation should follow. If final path shows lesion possibly metastatic then PET/CAT performed and chemo may be added ...Read more

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Is it true that excessive drug use causative of tumors?

Is it true that excessive drug use causative of tumors?

No: Malignancies are characterized by mutational changes in the gene structure, that is activating oncogenes. Carcinogens like benzene and viruses like the HPV, hepatitis virus, MMTV virus in breast cancer induce the genetic changes needed to induce malignancy, possibly with the EBV virus. Drug use, unless containing carcinogens do not cause cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what 61 hounsfield units on a tumor means?

Can you tell me what 61 hounsfield units on a tumor means?

Refers to density: Hounsfield units are a measure of how easily xrays penetrate the object, and therefore how dense it is. For example structures with lots of air in them, allow xrays to easily pass and have very low hu values (lung would be (-) 700, water is 0, muscle has a score of 40, bone being very dense is 700. What a score of 61 means depends on other factors (where the tumor is, its shape etc). ...Read more

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If you have a growth after age 30, is that indicative of a tumor?

If you have a growth after age 30, is that indicative of a tumor?

Yes: All growths represent a proliferation in cells to produce a palpable lesion. If the latter has those oncogene mutattions that allow for blood vessel invasion and metastasis as well as telomerase overexpression for immortality then the growth is malignant. If not the growth stops and will not spread, a so called benign umor ...Read more

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Was wondering what illess would cause your body to be literally covered in small tumors?

Depends on type...: There are some medical conditions in which patients can develop small tumors covering areas of their bodies.
An example of one of these is called neurofibromatosis. In this condition (which is often an inherited / genetic disease), patients can develop innumerable nerve tumors all over their bodies. This disease can become disfiguring over time. ...Read more

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How do a polyp and a tumor differ?

Polyp is type of 2mr: A polyp is a type of tumor arising from a mucous membrane like the lining of the intestines, nose, or other body part that looks a bit like a mushroom. Many if not most polyps are benign which means they do not really tend to spread around the body or regrow quickly if removed. Others are precancerous and some are actually cancers. ...Read more

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When headache mean there is tumor?

When headache mean there is tumor?

Yes but on rare occa: Headaches are common, most of us have them. Some people have tension headaches (stress related), others have Migraine (one half of the head hurts with a throbbing pain).
Brain tumors can be the cause on rare occasions. So we do not think of tumors unless the headache is new, getting progressively worse everyday, often waking you from sleep.
You should get yourself medically checked if you R worried. ...Read more

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What does malignant mean for a tumor?

What does malignant mean for a tumor?

Cancer: Tumor is a term gor a mass or lump. The causes can be a large number of things. Malignant means cancer. Sometimes when a patient has cancer the malignant masses are called tumors. This is not a specific term. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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Intracardiac Tumor (Definition)

It means there is a tumor or growth inside the cavity of your heart. It is a serious problem requiring immediate attention from a Cardiologist. Most such tumors can be removed with an operation and these tend to be benign..., with a few exceptions. Best thing to to do is ...Read more


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