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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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My doctor says I've got macular edema. What does this mean?

My doctor says I've got macular edema. What does this mean?

Macular edema: This is a swelling of the layers of central retina in your eye. Because light rays are focused on the central retina, any swelling here can blur and threaten vision.
The causes of macular edema are best determined by an eye exam and further testing. The treatment depends on the underlying cause ...Read more

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Explain the detection of macular edema?

Explain the detection of macular edema?

Eye exam: Most cases of macular edema (or swelling) can be detected by a simple ophthalmoscopic examination. ...Read more

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Can atavastin injections reverse a macular edema?

Can atavastin injections reverse a macular edema?

Commonly: You are thinking of Avastin, (bevacizumab) used for macular edema of various causes with good success - especially diabetic macular edema. It will not help the edema of Central Serous Maculopathy, however. ...Read more

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Explain the method of treatment for macular edema?

Explain the method of treatment for macular edema?

Laser welds, retina: The eye surgeon uses a laser to target tiny areas of fluid leakage around the macula. This essentially 'welds' the leaks shut and stops fluid from causing edema. ...Read more

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Could removing an AC iol improve chronic cystoid macular edema?

Could removing an AC iol improve chronic cystoid macular edema?

Yes: Removing an ill fitting aciol will improve edema. A well placed iol should cause no problems. ...Read more

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What is the likely prognosis of diabetic macular edema if it blur my vision?

What is the likely prognosis of diabetic macular edema if it blur my vision?

Depends: You must see a retina specialist. Diabetic macular edema (dme) is treated with focal laser, intravitreal injections (avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) triamcinolone, triescense, ozurdex, etc.), and sometimes vitrectomy surgery. Prognosis depends on severity and duration of untreated disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any definitive treatment for cystoide macular edema?

Can you tell me is there any definitive treatment for cystoide macular edema?

Yes: First an evaluation to determine cause must be done, then the caused treated. For the edema, itself eyedrops containing steroids and non-steroid anti-inflammtory agents are used. If this fails to work, then injections of anti-vegf agents, such as avastin, (bevacizumab) can be done. See a retinal specialist for this problem. ...Read more

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Hi! I was diagnosed with a macular edema few days ago. I had a surgery in order to remove an icare- ICL, 11 months ago. Is that possible? Thank you

Hi! I was diagnosed with a macular edema few days ago. I had a surgery in order to remove an icare- ICL, 11 months ago. Is that possible? Thank you

Yes it can...: This lens is a posterior chamber implant that is situated behind the iris and in front of the natural crystalline lens. When you have this type of surgery you are exposed to a whole new level of complications. The degree of trauma induced inserting and /or removing ICLs influences the complication risk, along with the reason why it had to be removed. See a retinal MD to exclude other problems ...Read more

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Diabetic macular edema can be cure with acupuncture?

Diabetic macular edema can be cure with acupuncture?

Although: Acupuncture is used by some practioners to treat diabetic macular edema - I wasn't able to find research that directly addresses this. I encourage you to work w your opthamologist. More generalized acupuncture treatments to reinforce deficiencies of liver yin ; kidney yin as well as qi ; blood may augment treatment from your eye doctor. I can't provide any helpful info on use of localized >. ...Read more

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Can a person with macular edema get medical marijuana?

Can a person with macular edema get medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana: Medical marijuana does nothing to help macular edema. Historically, people have thought that they could treat glaucoma (elevated intraocular pressures) with marijuana, but this is not the case. The iop lowering effects of this drug are very short lived and so currently this is not an accepted mode of treatment for this condition. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I've got macular edema. Anyone ever hear of this?

What do you suggest if my doctor says I've got macular edema. Anyone ever hear of this?

Macular Edema: Macular edema is swelling or fluid of the central portion of your retina which is responsible for your fine visual acuity (in contrast to your peripheral retina/vision). Depends on the cause of edema and on how you would treat. Could be observation, eye drops, Injection in our around the eye, or surgery. 35 is young for this, are you diabetic? ...Read more

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Retinal traction that is involving the Macular., can this lead onto any problems. I have this only slightly & Macular edema & leakage from a HRVO.

Retinal traction that is involving the Macular., can this lead onto any problems. I have this only slightly & Macular edema & leakage from a HRVO.

Unclear: I assume you mean either CRVO or BRVO. Central vein occlusion and branch retinal vein occlusion can lead to macular edema. Neither condition usually cause macular traction. Macular traction is usually a result of proliferation diabetic retinopathy of macular pucker from an epiretinal membrane. Epiretinal membranes usually don't cause macular edema unless in the postop period after cataract surger ...Read more

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Can topical gentamicin cause macular edema in children?

No: While topical preparations can cause conjunctival or even corneal problems, they would not penetrate enough to have any macular effect. However, it is possible the eye condition that warranted the antibiotics may have some relationship to macular edema. See an ophthalmologist! ...Read more

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Are there any current studies being done for cystoid macular edema?

Are there any current studies being done for cystoid macular edema?

Depends.: Depends on the cause. Cme can result most commonly after cataract surgery but can also occur as a result of diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, exidative macular degeneration, uveitis, and retinitis pigmentosa. Lots of great treatments for any of these causes. ...Read more

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I have macular edema. I got an injection a month ago. I was better for a week. Now I am not ok. Can I use eye drops to cure macular edema?

I have macular edema. I got an injection a month ago. I was better for a week. Now I am not ok. Can I use eye drops to cure macular edema?

No eye drops: Macular edema is due to leakage of blood vessels surrounding the central retina - the macula. No current eye drops can affect this although extensive laboratory research is being done to develop such an eyedrop. You need to return to your retina surgeon to have the edema re-evaluated and further injection be done if required. ...Read more

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Diag with DM retinopathy, macular edema and scattered hemes and my eyesight is -225/-200 in R eye and -200/-100 in L eye. I cant find wht #'s mean

Diag with DM retinopathy, macular edema and scattered hemes and my eyesight is -225/-200 in R eye and -200/-100 in L eye. I cant find wht #'s mean

Eyes: Your eye doctor MUST tell you all the current and potential problems with your eyes and then make appropriate recommendations. ...Read more

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I have macular edema in my right eye. What treatments are available and recommended?

I have macular edema in my right eye. What treatments are available and recommended?

See your eye doctor: Macular edema can arise from several conditions, including eye surgery, diabetes, and any retinal disease that can lead to leaking blood vessels. In short, water leaks out of the vessels into the surrounding retina, causing decreased vision. Depending on the cause, it can be treated with medication, laser and certain surgeries. Ita can also resolve over time. Speak with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Are there currently any stem cell studies being done for young patients w very complicated eye issues? Ectopic lens & pupil, cataracts, macular edema?

Are there currently any stem cell studies being done for young patients w very complicated eye issues? Ectopic lens & pupil, cataracts, macular edema?

Sort of: There is research in corneal stem cells but that doesn't really relate to the issues that you are describing. However, all of those problems can be managed without the need for stem cell technology (ectopia lentis, cataract, macular edema). ...Read more

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What qualifies to get an eye enucleated? I have perfect OD, my OS has uveitis, glaucoma, and macular (sp) edema. Nothing helps, and I'm in intense pain

What qualifies to get an eye enucleated? I have perfect OD, my OS has uveitis, glaucoma, and macular (sp) edema. Nothing helps, and I'm in intense pain

Eye issues: Follow up with your eye doctor. He or she will help you. I do not think that the eye has to go
Yet. There are still many treatments that can be tried to keep the eyesight
The bast it can be. Hang in there! ...Read more

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A patient of 65 years has bilateral pedal edema. Everythng is being evaluated. Thyroid n kidney tests n doppler is normal. Tell me further wht to do?

A patient of 65 years has bilateral pedal edema. Everythng is being evaluated. Thyroid n kidney tests n doppler is normal. Tell me further wht to do?

Many possibilities: Some of the most common causes for pedal edema include: excess salt intake, varicose veins, prolonged sitting, certain medications (calcium channel blockers, pioglitazone, steroids). You did not mention if a heart evaluation has been done, as heart failure is also a common cause. Avoiding salt is very important to help decrease pedal edema. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. I take 112 of tirosint and 90 of armor thyroid daily. I have pitting edema in my legs. Why and how can I fix this?

I have hypothyroidism. I take 112 of tirosint and 90 of armor thyroid daily. I have pitting edema in my legs. Why and how can I fix this?

See doc.: Edema of the extremities is only very rarely related to hypothyroid. When it does occur it is usually with marked and protracted hypothyroid (very high tsh) and it is non pitting. If your TSH is normal the edema is due to something else. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Please help me, my heart cath, lung x-ray, thyroid, liver test & kidney biopsy are all normal but I still have severe edema in my whole body. Why? Why me?

Please help me, my heart cath, lung x-ray, thyroid, liver test & kidney biopsy are all normal but I still have severe edema in my whole body. Why? Why me?

Seek rare causes: Causes of generalized edema that may be missed on first screen include conn's (rarely causes edema), allergy to a rx (some antihypertensives, nsaids), early diabetes (leaky vessels) or scleroderma, esterase deficiency (unusual), mastocytosis, or even poorly-understood effects from diuretics. A nephrology consult in particular may help. Be brave and we'll figure this out. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lymph sarcoidosis to cause non-pitting edema. Possibly lymphadenopathy? Thyroid, kidney ok and no protein in urine. Feet & legs huge

Is it possible for lymph sarcoidosis to cause non-pitting edema. Possibly lymphadenopathy? Thyroid, kidney ok and no protein in urine. Feet & legs huge

Non pitting edema: Sarcoidosis may involve lymph nodes and other organs. It would be unusual for it to obstruct lymph flow enough to cause pitting edema and highly unlikely to cause non pitting edema. Other causes should be sought ...Read more

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What is edema in chest and neck area in early pregnancy mean?

What is edema in chest and neck area in early pregnancy mean?

Need more info: I am not sure what you mean by chest edema or how early in pregnancy. If you mean swelling in the neck and the area above the clavicles that is completely new finding for you then you need to contact your OB and make appointment to be seen soon. If you cannot get in then see your primary to start. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, elevated blood pressure go to er now. ...Read more

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I have briny smelling urine, generalized edema, and stiffness in my neck just at the top.

See a doctor: Malodorous urine and oedema can be an indication of kidney infection and even renal failure, so these symptoms require urgent assessment by a doctor including urine tests, blood tests and possibly a kidney scan. Furthermore neck stiffness, especially if a fever is present, can indicate more serious systemic infection such as meningitis. See a doctor urgently. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Gary Pess
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more