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Is Calciphylaxis Life Threatening
Yes: Calciphylaxis is, in a way, hardening of the arterioles (very small arteries) that supply blood to the skin. The arterioles are clogged, and blood does not pass, resulting in the death of the skin supplied. It is rare, occurring primarily in people with end stage renal disease (eg on dialysis) or rarely people with hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calciphylaxis is a condition in which a person (usually somebody with kidney failure) has calcium build-up in small blood vessels of the skin. Calciphylaxis causes painful skin ulcers by clogging off small vessels with calcium, leading to death of affected areas of skin, which ...Read more
It Can Be: 90% of the time, pancreatitis is mild and self-limiting. If severe, people are at-risk at 3 different times: early on, factors are released into the body that can depress many organs' function--if chronically ill, this can be dangerous; middle phase problems arise from pancreatic necrosis, sometimes requiring surgery; late phase problems tend to be infectious in origin, often following surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Osteoporosis put you at risk for hip and spine fractures which can be debilitating and possibly life threatening. Fortunately we have many medications that can successfully treat this. Make sure your house is well lit, minimize loose rugs or clutters to decrease chance of falling. Healthy diet, weight bearing exercises, take the med. ...Read more
Yes, it can be: Melanoma skin cancer is very curable when diagnosed early but is quite vicious if diagnosed late. Avoid excessive sun exposure or use sun protection. Make sure your doc does a skin exam yearly and point him to any new or changing skin lesion. This is specially true in high risk people: fair skinned, blonde/red haired, blue eyed folks and those with family history or history of sunburns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Definitely can be!: More people die each year from Pulmonary embolism (PE) than highway fatalities, breast cancer & AIDS combine. PE causes or contributes to 15% of all hospital deaths. Due to pulmonary arterial obstruction, PE can result in acute right ventricular failure, a life-threatening condition.Since most patients tend to die within the first hrs of presentation, early diagnosis & treatment can be life saving ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Although disease of the arteries of the legs is seldom life threatening untonitself, it is often a marker of more diffuse atherosclerotic disease including carotid disease and coronary heart disease. Therefore, strokes and heart attacks can manifest in many patients with pad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is amenorrhea ever life threatening? Can amenorrhea ever indicate a life threatening condition or be life threatening in itself?
Yes: Thrombus is clot. Most carotid disease is detected as plaque thickening the wall of the artery, and if severe can send small emboli (clots) to the brain causing a stroke or ministroke.The only frank carotid thrombosis I have seen was one day after endarterectomy, eating breakfast one minute, not talking the next. Prompt re-operation brought her back to full function, no deficits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: It really depends on the degree of renal impairment. Most people with moderate chronic kidney disease do not even realize they have the disease! its often not until renal function had dropped below 30% and often lower than that, that you can see side effects. The side effects (anemia, high potassium, high phosphorus) are what cause most of the life threatening issues. ...Read more
Uniformly fatal: Hiv is a virus that causes aids. Without therapy (multiple expensive targeted medications), the average life expectancy for someone who contracts HIV is 8 to 10 years, and without therapy virtually everyone with HIV would die of disease. This is why HIV is "life threatening". With appropriate drug treatments and good diet/lifestyle some people with HIV may live decades and die of other causes. ...Read more
Zero to bad!: 25% of us have a pfo and obviously most of us do fine. However i operated on a young lady yesterday (for a related condition) who was in severe congestive heart failure, mostly resolved by closing her pfo. Closure (if deemed necessary by a cardiologist) can often be achieved with catheter-based technology (amplatzer plug) rather than open-heart surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This is a condition that varies in intensity from mild to deadly (immediately). It is likely that some folks aspirate small amounts into their lungs periodically & there is always a reaction to the debris. They may clear over time even without treatment. When it rises to the point someone has obvious symptoms soon after an event, it may kill within hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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