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Doctor insights on: Lymphedema Capillary Leak

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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Is there collagen in capillary blood vessels?

Is there collagen in capillary blood vessels?

Yes: The basement membrane on which the lining of the capillary rests has collagen as the major constituent. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

See a neurologist: Possibly trauma, tumors or masses but it would be wise to seek out a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What conditions apart from chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (ccsvi) require ijv angioplasty?

What conditions apart from chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (ccsvi) require ijv angioplasty?

Few: Aside from ccsvi angioplasty of the central veins is most commonly done to relieve narrowings caused by previous intrumentation (central lines, dialysis access, pacemakers, etc). In the ijv it is usually done to restore or improve access for insertion of a central venous catheter of some sort. Tumors can also narrow the central veins to the point where dilation is needed. ...Read more

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Does ascites occur in pre sinusoidal portal hypertension ?

Does ascites occur in pre sinusoidal portal hypertension ?

Mainly in dogs: This has been reported mainly in dogs and cats. In humans, pre sinusoidal portal hypertension leads primarily to fibrosis. I would defer to my Gastrointestinal colleagues for more clarification. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary edema happen as a result of swelling blood vessels?

Does pulmonary edema happen as a result of swelling blood vessels?

Pulmonary edema...: Pulmonary edema results in a build-up of fluid in the lungs. There are many etiologies for this but, if the blood vessels in the lungs become inflamed for some reason, they can become "leaky", resulting in pulmonary edema. So, blood vessel inflammation might be what you mean by "swelling"! ...Read more

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How are anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels different?

How are anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels different?

Both cause cyanosis: Both are congenital heart defects that cause cyanosis (less oxygen than normal in the arterial blood.) however that is the only similarity. In transposition of the great arteries, the primary problem is that the aorta arises from the right ventricle instead of the left ventricle. In t(total)apvr, the primary problem is that the pulmonary veins do not connect directly with the left atrium. ...Read more

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Does veins varicose increase blood pressure?

Does veins varicose increase blood pressure?

NO: Varicose veins are a health concern as they can cause progressive deterioration of the leg venous blood flow over time, as the condition tends to be progressive (especially is you have the problem starting at age 20 yo). But there is no correlation with varicose vein disease and systemic hypertension. There is isolated "venous hypertension" in the legs with varicose veins, but this is different. ...Read more

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How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

Less flow to lungs: If the pressure in the pulmonary artery is high enough, the right ventricle's ability to pump bood to the lungs is diminished. Less blood flow to the lungs means that there is less fluid to leak out into the air spaces ( alveoli). ...Read more

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Why coarctation of aorta in infants, causing blood flow from pulmonary artery to aorta?

Why coarctation of aorta in infants, causing blood flow from pulmonary artery to aorta?

PDA : It would only do that if the coarctation was severe and there was a patent ductus arteriosus (pda) which is a connecting artery between the aorta and pulmonary artery, leading to blood flow from pa to the descending aorta. ...Read more

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How does one differentiate between anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels?

How does one differentiate between anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels?

TAPVR vs. TGA: The diagnosis of anomalous venous return (TAPVR) vs. transposition of the great vessels (TGA) is made in the newborn period. Simply put, the TAPVR baby usual presents 'pink' (no blueness) while the TGA baby will appear 'blue'. There are several variations of both TAPVR and TGA. The diagnosis can be accurately diagnosed by transthoracic ECHO and all are surgically operable with excellent results. ...Read more

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Venous tos with chronic dvt, no blood flow trough subclavian vein, just collaterals. Is there any point in doing first rib resection anymore?

Venous tos with chronic dvt, no blood flow trough subclavian vein, just collaterals. Is there any point in doing first rib resection anymore?

Depends: It is all about risk benefit. If there is no symptoms and collateral a are adequate, i would not see any additional benefit from rib resection. ...Read more

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Mitral valve stenosis causes blood to leak back to where when ventricles contract?

Mitral valve stenosis causes blood to leak back to where when ventricles contract?

No: Mitral stenosis reduces the amount of blood filling the left ventricle. The mitral valve is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. The left atrium is responsible for filling the left ventricle. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause venous leaks in the placenta?

Does smoking cause venous leaks in the placenta?

Vascular spasm: Which can lead to impaired placental blood circulation which is bad for the fetus/baby. Please don't smoke if pregnant. ...Read more

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Whats difference between contained anastomotic leak and a free anastomatic leak ?

Whats difference between contained anastomotic leak and a free anastomatic leak ?

Local vs peritonitis: Presumably this refers to an intra-abdominal anastamosis, likely intestinal. "Contained" means the leak was probably slow and there was time for an inflammatory reaction that kept the leak localized and maybe small. Free means intestinal contents leaked more widely into the abdominal cavity. Free is much more serious, usually with peritonitis. Most important that you discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Does Venous insufficiency cause DVTS ?

Does Venous insufficiency cause DVTS ?

Dvt: DVT happens in veins where blood movement is sluggish or even minimal. Venous stasis predisposes to DVT. Particularly when leg muscles are not active. ...Read more

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Could blood vessels repair themselves?

Could blood vessels repair themselves?

Yes: The vessels are remodeling all of the time. However if you are talking about a vessel that has an aneurysm or clogged with plaque then no they can not heal those lesions and a surgical correction is required. ...Read more

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Is it possible to distinguish between varicose veins spider veins and blood clots?

Is it possible to distinguish between varicose veins spider veins and blood clots?

Vein specialist: Spider veins look like spider legs and are usually blue or red and very tiny(1-2 mm) and are several mm to cm long. Varicose veins are large bluish colored veins that are grape-like in appearance. Clots can be superficial on the skin , tender and easy to feel or deep below the skin requiring ultrasound to see associated with pain and swelling. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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