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What does dialysis vascular access mean?

What does dialysis vascular access mean?

Access to blood: Hemodialysis needs access to blood to run high speed flow about 12-15 oz of blood per minute. This requires a larger line under the collar bone which is a temporary method or a surgery to connect the veins of arm with an artery which pours great flow of blood into the vein. The vein will get larger and can be stuck with a needle to make access to blood easy. A plastic tube may be used, a graft. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Access (Definition)

Vascular access is a catheter or other small device that IV's can be attached to or needles can be inserted into, in order to give medications to a patient and/or take blood samples from him. Simple vascular access can be placed by a doctor at the bedside, but deeper or complex access is usually done under anesthesia, ...Read more


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Can docs explain what does vascular invasion means?

Can docs explain what does vascular invasion means?

Cancer?: Vascular invasion is a term used when describing tumors. In this regard, vascular invasion means that the tumor has grown into, or invaded, a nearby major blood vessel. ...Read more

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What does vascular dry mean?

What does vascular dry mean?

Could mean anything: When a vascular surgeon says something is "dry" it means there is no bleeding. Alternatively, I have heard body builders refer to a "vascular dry" appearance where they have prominent veins sticking out. Need more context. ...Read more

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What does it mean to say portal and hepatic veins are patent?

What does it mean to say portal and hepatic veins are patent?

Evaluation liver: Portal vein is the main blood flow to the liver it occluded sometime with thrombosis that is usually treated with blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) . Hepatic veins drains blood from liver to the heart , if they occlude the patient will develop jaundice and sometimes severe liver dysfunction . Really depends why you had the test for ? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have carotid stenosis?

What does it mean to have carotid stenosis?

Narrowing: It is narrowing in the carotid artery typically at the bifurcation into the internal carotid which goes to the brain . The more the narrowing especially above 50% the more it needs attention by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have carotid endarterectomy?

What does it mean to have carotid endarterectomy?

Clearing of Plaque: This is to surgically expose the carotid artery in the neck and to remove the plaque of the diseased artery. Arteries have 3 layers. Plaque / atherosclerosis develops in the inner two layers. The outer layer is the strength layer. These layers peel apart similar to the layers in an onion. Once cleared, the artery is closed using patch to prevent it from scarring down. The goal: prevent strokes. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

Depends: They, the person completing the dictation on your imaging study might be referring to "advanced" in comparison to your age. Alternatively, it might also mean that your stenosis (narrowing of the signal canal) is severe. ...Read more

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What does success mean on vascular surgery?

Depends: A successful outcome in vascular surgery will depend on the procedure performed but will entail achieving the desired goal of the procedure without major complications. ...Read more

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What does perfusion mean on a MRI?

What does perfusion mean on a MRI?

MRI Perfusion: Perfusion MRI is an advanced MRI technique which shows whether blood flow to regions of the brain is normal or abnormal. In the picture above, in the right upper part of the image, there is a dark area showing an area of brain stroke in the frontal lobe. The technique requires injection of gadolinium contrast through an IV. In addition to stroke, it can also be used to diagnose tumors or infection ...Read more

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Please tell me what does atherosclerosis vascular diasease mean?

Please tell me what does atherosclerosis vascular diasease mean?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a life long disease. It is generally at different stages at the same time in various vessels. For this reason taking care of diet, exercise and drug therapy to stop progression of the disease is crucial. Some areas won't be as helped as others but you may stop them from getting worse or at least slow the process down. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure i recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means to not have visible veins anymore from a circulatory standpoint?

Please explain what it means to not have visible veins anymore from a circulatory standpoint?

Normal.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does pedal edema mean in medical terms?

Can docs explain what does pedal edema mean in medical terms?

Swelling feet: Pedal edema simply means swelling in one or both feet. Depending upon one or both feet being involved changes the list of possible causes. ...Read more

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What does cystic artery leak mean?

What does cystic artery leak mean?

Gallbladder: The cystic artery provides the arterial blood supply to the gallbladder. When the gallbladder is surgically removed, cholecystectomy, the cystic artery is clipped and severed. A cystic artery leak usually refers to bleeding from the cystic artery stump following cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

PAD: Peripheral arterial disease is caused by cholesterol build up that narrows the arteries carrying oxygen and blood flow to the legs. Most patients have no symptoms and are diagnosed with an abi, measuring blood pressure in the legs. Treatment is lowering cholesterol, exercise, not smoking, and controlling blood pressure. ...Read more

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What does collateral circulation mean?

What does collateral circulation mean?

Accessory pathways: Collateral circulation is a term used to describe alternative pathways of blood flow that become prominent when a main vessel is blocked. These smaller vessels exist in everyone but are usually very small if the normal pathway is open. Some areas of the body have more secondary branches to provide collateral circulation than others. ...Read more

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What does it mean when brain MRI results state "arteries are patent?"

What does it mean when brain MRI results state "arteries are patent?"

Good news. : The blood vessels supplying your brain are not narrowed or blocked. These are the cerebral arteries. ...Read more

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What does the term vascular invasion mean?

What does the term vascular invasion mean?

Vascular invasion: Vascular invasion refers to the direct invasion by cancer into a blood vessel. That can render a cancer intersectable, and can be a harbinger of more extensive spread of the cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Vascular (Definition)

"vasculum" ...Read more