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My Son Has Coarctation Of The Aorta Should I Be Concerned
Should i be concerned if my daughter has hlhs and she has had her final surgery the fontan. Mild leaking of the tricuspid valve ?
Not particularly: A PDA is present in all fetuses & allows the fetus to minimize pumping work of the heart. It allows minimal blood flow into the lungs for growth, pumping most of the blood to the rest of the body for growth & placenta to get more nutrients. In the hours after birth, the PDA usually closes.(not always) rare blue baby heart pbs benefit from having a PDA remain open until surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Annular calcificatio: Not really. It is an aging process. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity of the coarctation. Some are very mild. I suspect your child has hypertension which lead to the coarctation diagnosis. In these cases, the coarctation is usually severe enough to require treatment. We can often do this in the cath lab. The procedure is generally safe, but there are risks. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Given the fact that I have 3 brain aneurysms and an asd should I be concerned over a slight size diff. In my pupils?
Not necessarily: Anisocoria, or a difference between the size of the pupils, can be present to a small degree, up to one millimeter, in normal people. If the pupillary difference you are noticing is different from before, it would be reasonable to mention this to your doc. In any case, you probably need following for the aneurysms on a regular basis to be sure no change in size. Pupils not related to asd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took my 3 year old son to the Doctor and found that he had 3-4 beats of clonus in his Left ankle? What could this mean? Should I be worried?
Hyperreflexia: or overactive tendon reflexes suggests injury to brain or spinal cord. This could be from inflammation like infection, electolyte imbalance, tumor or other lesion. Kids tend to have active ankle reflexes, and several beats of clonus in the ankle is a common finding but asymmetry or persistent clonus needs investigation. It is very common in mild cerebral palsy. Symptoms and developement are clue ...Read more
My 3 weeks old son has swelling in his right nipple, is that cause for concern? What should we do?
Usually normal: It's normal for babies (boys and girls) to have mild or even swollen, enlarged breasts and/or lumps under the nipple. Almost always benign and due to exposure to maternal hormones in the womb, same hormones that cause the mother's breasts to swell and produce milk. Over weeks to months, no more exposure to the hormones, the breast tissue begins to shrink and eventually flattens. ...Read more
Not necesarily: Lymph glands are part similar to drainage ditches around a city, they collect serum that is not in blood vessels, remove debris in the gland ; eventually return the fluid to the heart.They are located in intestines from the tonsils to the rear end, under your skin in various locations, along your organs inside the body.Those located in the neck ; head are noticed because they are not buried in tissu. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my friend is 36y old and needs an aortic valve replacement. Has anyone had this done?
Yes: Certainly a fairly involved procedure but safe in good hands. You should talk to his physician. ...Read more
My four year old has a knot in front of her ear and is complaining of it hurting. What could it be and should i call the doctor?
Knot: Could be a first brachial cleft sinus tract/cyst, See ENT ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my grand daughter who is in the hospital is 12 years old and has numerous brain tumors?
Should i be concerned if my daughter is 6yrs old recently was diganoised with scolosis but my main concern is an enlarged chest bone on?
She needs to be seen: By an orthopaedic surgeon in any case but most likely the chest bone appearance is related to the scoliosis of the spine which is really a coiling or twist of the spine that can lead to abnormal appearances in the chest and rib cage as well in addition to the pelvis/hip region. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my best friends friend just found out that his one year old cousin has mps and i'm wondering what it is and what the life expectancy is?
It is genetic: "mucopolysaccharidoses (mps) and related diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (lsd) caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes." i would not be worried. Some forms of mps are more of a problem than others. I would not worry about something you cannot control. Instead be supportive. Here is a good place to start: http://www.Mpssociety.Org/. ...Read more
My thirteen year old daughter has a "buckle fracture" on her wrist. Should I be concerned about possible weaknesses that would have caused this?
Not likely: Most often a "buckle fracture" is the result of trauma or injury. If there is a reasonable mechanism of injury (for example a fall) then a reasonable outcome is a buckle type of fracture. In the vast majority of cases, if this is appropriately treated, there are no long term sequelae. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my son had a chest X-ray the results are back it says he has a small aortic arch and aortic knuckle?
My one year old has had a muscle spasm/twitch with his mouth since he was a newborn. What may be causing this and should I be concerned?
Depends: A PDA is caused when a natural by-pass channel during pregnancy does not close after delivery when the blood oxygen levels rise. In most it causes no problems in early infancy. If it does not close by itself later, a pediatric cardiologist will often close it before or after school age.This can be done with an umbrella like device that is passed through a tube from a blood vessel in the groin. ...Read more
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