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Doctor insights on: Manual Lymphatic Mapping

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Which cancers need sentinel lymph node mapping?

Which cancers need sentinel lymph node mapping?

A couple: The majority of cancers for which sentinel nodes are taken routinely are breast cancer and melanoma, but sentinel nodes are occasionally taken for other cancers. ...Read more

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Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more


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Lymphatic system specialists?

Lymphatic system specialists?

None: They don't exist as a singular specialty but handled by many specialties such as vascular vein dermatology etc. ...Read more

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Can a lymph node fna with flow cytometry rule out lymphoma?

Can a lymph node fna with flow cytometry rule out lymphoma?

Not 100%: Many enlarged lymph nodes are not cancerous are instead benign and a result of another disease process. An fna is a good starting test for evaluating lymph nodes that appear to not be associated with other things that go along with lymphoma, but if suspicion is high, a fine needle aspiration (fna) is not enough and an excisional biopsy is preferred. ...Read more

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How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

It's very helpful: Looking at the lymph node under a microscope can make the diagnosis if it's uncertain. If there is cancer present, then the pathologist can actually see the cancer cells and ascertain where the cancer is coming from and how aggressive it is. There are other causes of enlarged lns that can be identified as well - e.g. Fungi, or granulomatous diseases - these can be seen many times by microscopy. ...Read more

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How can examination of enlarged lymph node aid in diagnosing certain diseases?

Clinical exam: Clinical exam remains a very important thing in medicine.Examination of the lymph node will give us useful information in regard to the location, the size, the texture, mobility etc. And those characteristics are useful to narrow down the differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does stereotactic radiosurgery work for a cavernous malformation?

Does stereotactic radiosurgery work for a cavernous malformation?

Yes: Generally speaking, abnormal blood vessels formation such as cavernous malformation or aterio-venous malformation can be treated with surgery, embolization or stererotactic radiosurgery (srs). Intracranial lesions are risky because bleeding from those can cause stroke or even death. Srs with gamma knife or linear based external srs are both effective. Contact neurosurgery and radiation docs. ...Read more

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Which is better --- a manual toothbrush or battery operated?

Which is better --- a manual toothbrush or battery operated?

Both: Any brush is good if used regularly and correctly. Most dentists recommend choosing a soft-bristled brush if you are using a manual brush. With power brushes one must take extra care not to be too aggressive, as the bristles tend to be hard. A power brush should only be guided and not leaned on. Try both and see which one works best for you. Just remember to floss as well! ...Read more

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What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

Certain circumstance: When you have an injury to or removal of parts of the lymphatic system, drainage to/from that area is affected. There can be massive swelling (lymphedema), resulting in pain, disability and deformity. In those cases, mld (manual lymphatic drainage) performed only by a specially trained therapist will provide excellent relief of the above problems. If no lymphatic damage, no real benefit to this. ...Read more

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Help please? How is the lymphatic system affected by hodgkin's lymphoma ?

Help please? How is the lymphatic system affected by hodgkin's lymphoma ?

See below...: Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the lymph nodes. It usually occurs in a single lymph node or small group of lymph nodes in a particular location (armpit, neck, thorax, etc.). It may remain localized for a long time or extend to nearby organs or travel (metastasize) along the lymphatic system to other lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Could stereotactic radiosurgery work for cavernous malformation?

Could stereotactic radiosurgery work for cavernous malformation?

Radiosurgery: A controversial subject as historically radiosurgery was not effective on cavernous malformations and not recommended. There have been some recent papers suggesting an effect might be possible but there are no definitive answers yet for this form of treatment ...Read more

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Whats the difference between training for diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Whats the difference between training for  diagnostic medical sonography or vascular ultrasound tech?

Vascular ultrasound : Early training is essentially the same. Later training will focus on vascular or general depending on the program. Many technologist train in both. ...Read more

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Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Not traditionally: I don't believe so. There may be some programs that will experiment with noninvasive pre-fontan imaging, but i believe that this is risky. The pressures are obtainable only by catheterization and this data may change the operation (e.g., whether or not to fenestrate the fontan to allow a pop-off of blue blood to increase the cardiac output.) catheterization also allows presurgical interventions. ...Read more

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By venoplasty of ocluded subclavian n axillary vein can fistula work bettet at patent cephalic n basilary vein how long its chances of work ?

By venoplasty of ocluded subclavian n axillary vein can fistula work bettet at patent cephalic n basilary vein how long its chances of work ?

Graft patency longer: A well cared for av graft can last decades. If the subclavian or axillary area becomes stenosed then a venoplasty or stent can extend the use of the graft for as long as the stenosis is resolved. The key to a good graft is avoiding stenosis. But next best is treating it. Hope this helps. Make sure to get follow up 3-6 months later to keep stenosis resolved. ...Read more

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Can stereotactic radiosurgery work for cavernous malformation?

Absolutely: Please see this published, peer-reviewed abstract for a good summary of what i think our current understanding of the role of radiosurgery in the treatment of cavernous malformations is: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/24093575 good luck with your decision. ...Read more

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Is chemo required for an invasive carsinoma in situ stage 1b grade 2, 0.8 CM in size mastec done, fibroadipose and breast tissue, sentinel lymph clear?

Is chemo required for an invasive carsinoma in situ stage 1b grade 2, 0.8 CM in size mastec done, fibroadipose and breast tissue, sentinel lymph clear?

Maybe: With a node negative cancer. { i don't understand the invasive and in situ as they are apposite. } current recommendations are for genomic testing to see if the tumor has a high or low risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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How important is the lymphatic massage after mastectomy?

Depends. : It really depends on if and how many lymph nodes were removed during the mastectomy. Most mastectomies are done these days with minimal or even no lymph nodes removed. These cases would not likely require any massage to be done, and would only be needed if swelling started to occur. However, if a full lymph node removal was done, then a lymphatic massage would likely be beneficial. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics required after a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

Are antibiotics required after a sentinel lymph node biopsy?

No: Often, patients will receive IV antibiotics in the or prior to the procedure, but a prescription for antibiotics afterwards is not necessary. ...Read more

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