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Is it common for a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

Is it common for a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

No: It is not a common treatment though it is used. It used usually in severe /end stage copd. These patient tend to have very severe COPD and need frequent treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Can a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

Can a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

Not as a treatment : Patients with terminal COPD may end up in a tracheostomy but it is not a treatment for COPD per se. ...Read more

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Is a leep procedure another form of a biopsy for furthef testing or is it a treatment?

Is a leep procedure another form of a biopsy for furthef testing or is it a treatment?

A biopsy.: A leep procedure is another form of cervical biopsy. It can be considered a form of treatment if it fully removes a cancerous or precancerous lesion, but it is done as a biopsy that helps see what's found on colposcopy and completely removed. ...Read more

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With moderately severe cryofibrinogenemia that requires treatment, what type of specialist is the best to consult for this disease? Is it considered to be a form of vasculitis?

With moderately severe cryofibrinogenemia that requires treatment, what type of specialist is the best to consult for this disease?  Is it considered to be a form of vasculitis?

It depends: Cryofibrinogenemia can be primary, or secondary to another illness. If it's primary, it's a blood disorder and increases your chance of lymphoma, so you should see a hematologist/oncologist at some point. It can also be due to a rheumatologic illness (eg lupus, rhuematoid arthritis) and either way, it has symptoms like vasculitis, so a rheumtologist should also be on your team. ...Read more

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What treatment is most used for a hemothorax?

What treatment is most used for a  hemothorax?

Chest tube vs obs: It depends on the size of the hemothorax. Many will observe small hemothoraces not evident on chest xray. Larger hemothoraces require drainage, usually with a chest tube. ...Read more

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Is there a way to be easily tested for renal hypertension as a possible cause of secondary HTN? Why is it such an involved procedure?

Is there a way to be easily tested for renal hypertension as a possible cause of secondary HTN? Why is it such an involved procedure?

Screening?: You can be screen for renal hypertension using an Ultrasound study with doppler to evaluate artery flows and renal artery stenosis. This test is easily done in most hospitals with no pain and no preparation. ...Read more

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Is it common for long term complications or pain to result from a full epididymectomy? Or is the procedure considered safe?

Is it common for long term complications or pain to result from a full epididymectomy? Or is the procedure considered safe?

Low grade pain.: There should be little problem especially if this is to treat epididymitis. The procedure is safe and no long term complication as usual. There is always a small chance but most of the time people do well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a septoplasty to fail? Is it possible that a septoplasty could be performed only to have the patient still complain of breathing issues? .

Is it possible for a septoplasty to fail? Is it possible that a septoplasty could be performed only to have the patient still complain of breathing issues?

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It : It is possible for a septoplasty to fail. Reasons for a true failure include failure of total correction of a deviated septum, failure to remove the bony part of the septum, failure to address inflamed turbinates, which are bony protrusions in the nose, covered by mucosa that can inflame and swell, and residual swelling from allergies or sinusitis. Early after surgery, difficulty breathing may be simply due to crusting or clots. Gentle cleansing with salt water or a netti pot may be helpful, but first check with your surgeon. If your symptoms persist 4-6 weeks after surgery, it's time to evaluate the other issues. ...Read more

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Is the stoma created for a total laryngectomy still referred to as a tracheostomy or does it have a different term?

Is the stoma created for a total laryngectomy still referred to as a tracheostomy or does it have a different term?

Tracheotomy : Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure creating a hole in the trachea to relieve obstruction. A tracheostomy is a tracheotomy with a tube placed to maintain a tracheal airway. ...Read more

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In general, if a 91 yr-old has acute transformation of a myeloproliferative disorder then is it worthwhile to treat the pt, if there is a treatment?

It depends: It depends on the Diagnosis of the new transformations(there are multiple ways transformation occurs...so tell us what is the new diagnosis and we can guide you further. ...Read more

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Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

The : The procedure can be done with an epidural or general anesthesia. If your health permits, there should be little or no difference in anesthetic risk. With regards to your spine, its curvature will usually not affect the effectiveness of the epidural only the difficulty of its insertion. By the way, it is unlikely your curvature is due to a pregnancy. It is most likely congenital. Most people have some asymmetrical curvature of the spine. Although it may not be noticeable or problematic. Discuss the anesthetic with the anesthesiologist that will be there for the procedure since it is usually best(safer/better results) to do what he feels the most comfortable doing. Good luck and i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

Yes it is common: The reason an epidural is offered with a "butt-lift" is that it can assist with post-operative pain control for a prolonged period of time. If you have had problems with placement in the past (curved spine) there are other techniques that can be used. Talk with your anesthesiologist about what technique is best for you. ...Read more

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In case of paralysis of a leaf of the diaphragm, is a surgical procedure needed or can it be treated by medicines only?

In case of paralysis of a leaf of the diaphragm, is a surgical procedure needed or can it be treated by medicines only?

Surgical procedure: If only one side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, and the muscle is so thinned out it is pushing on the lung, sometimes a procedure to plicate the muscle is performed. This should be done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in this technique in a minimally invasive fashion - thoracoscopiccally, or laparoscopically. I am not aware of medication that will work for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Yes and no: Yes its an exclusionary diagnosis. No real good evidence that closure is beneficial. A recent study published in new england journal of med. Noted no real benefits. ...Read more

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Is it common to get a recommendation of hysterectomy for a diagnosis of hgsil?

Is it common to get a recommendation of hysterectomy for a diagnosis of hgsil?

No : That is not a normal reason to do a hysterectomy at all. Usually when a hgsil pap is found then a colposcopy is done. Once a colposcopy is done then a biopsy is done which gives you a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made then options such as cryotherapy, leep and cold knife conization is done to rule out cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective age for a woman to have a baby?

What is considered the most effective age for a woman to have a baby?

Varies: The best response would be when she's emotionally ready.There is increasing risk for complications & birth defects both for women in their early teens & after 40. Women in their early 20's may have less risk for many issues but be better prepared when she is older. There is no one answer that fits all situations. ...Read more

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Explain why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve complications than the same procedure for an adult.?

Explain why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve     complications than the same procedure for an adult.?

Tonsillectomy: It is not. The rate of complications is similar in adults and children. The major risk is bleeding, approximately 1-2% risk, which can occur 7-10 days after the procedure. ...Read more

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Explain why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve complications than the same procedure for an adult?

Explain why a tonsillectomy in a child is less likely to involve complications than the 
same procedure for an adult?

Tonsillectomy : Complications after tonsillectomy include bleeding and infection. Postoperative pain is a potential possibility after surgery. It seems to manifest more dramatically in adults especially if they have large tonsils with scarring due to chronic infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Highly unusual...: ...But not unheard of. There are a select few reports of fetuses who developed exceedingly rare lung tumors during gestation. Practically speaking, the overwhelming majority of lung cancers occur in adults and have genetic, environmental, and other causes, many of which only present themselves much later in life. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more