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What Happens If Umbilical Cord Stub Detaches Early
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Not much to worry: Cords like people come in different shapes and sizes. I am not sure of the context of your question-but if the infant is born normally with a non-coiled cord-i am not concerned at all. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size.As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding.Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips.Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists.Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: If your ? Is about a umbilical hernia in an infant, the response depends somewhat on the size & age of the infant. They are common & most self heal as the child's abdominal muscles become stronger with age. By 1-2 yrs most have disappeared. Those that are very large or tend to trap intestinal contents may need to be fixed, but most will wait to see if the improve with age. ...Read more
Varies: Even if a patient has a coma after an aneurysm rupture, they have a chance of recovery. It depends on the interventions that are taken by the neurosurgeon to reverse the cause of the coma. Frequently, there is excess pressure from hydrocephalus that is readily reversed. If the coma is because of damage to the brainstem, then the prognosis is not as good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily...: ...Right away, but it does mean that the baby needs more room for the size she is now.. ...Read more
What could happen to crack or even crumple vertebrae, but it happens all the time to crush a healthy lumbar vertabra?
Without osteoporosis: it takes a lot of force to fracture a vertebrae - e.g. falling from a considerable height, high speed motor vehicle accident, significant direct blunt trauma to the spine. Unless there are other problems in the vertebrae, like a tumor or growth in the bone that eats up the bone rendering it weak. ...Read more
Innies and Outies: It may not ever "go in", that would be considered a normal variant. ...Read more
If shoulder distocia happens during childbirth does it mean it will happen again with the next childbirth?
Strangulated hernia: The greatest danger of a hernia is the risk of strangulation. This occurs as a result of the intestines becoming trapped in the hernia and the blood supply becoming constricted. This is a sequela of an incarcerated hernia (one in which the hernia cannot be pushed back in). Incarcerated hernias should be evaluated immediately to prevent strangulation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Active baby: Cord wraps are common & thought to arise commonly around 12 -15 weeks when there is more fluid to baby volume & the baby can turn & wrap themselves.It is often harmless and first known when a baby starts having problems in labor.It may lead to a c-section. I've seen as many as 5 neck wraps and 3 true knots in the cord in babies that delivered okay & grew up to be normal. ...Read more
I had a ruptured herniated disc L5 it resulted in a severe footdrop if this goes untreated what happens.
Is it possible to hurt the baby/cut of circulation/pinch umbilical cord when lying in a distorted position?
Unlikely to happen: I wouldn't worry about your positions as baby naturally floats the umbilical cord away from confining positions during pregnancy. Rarely, the babies actions get them into trouble. During the 2nd trimester they have more room to flip & some tie true knots in the cord or wrap it around their neck. It's not usually a problem until labor puts stress on the system, but the monitor will pick it up. ...Read more
Untreated clubfoot: A person with untreated clubfoot would have a tremendous disability. Difficulty with running, walking, playing sports to name a few. The position of their foot/feet may even predispose them to chronic wounds that develop due to pressure. When a baby is born with clubfoot, there is a simple method of serial casting that can correct the deformity called the ponseti method. ...Read more
In degen. Disc disease, is it better to fuse l5-s1 if disc 1/2 collapsed or wait til disc completely goes & pain is unbearable & nerve damage occurs?
None: Usually, degenerative disc disease is not surgically corrected if no nerve impingement is present. Just treating back pain with surgery will cause more back pain due to scarring and presence of the presence at other levels. If there is nerve impingement and symptoms of it, then surgery will help free the nerve and improve the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you're born without a sift spot or yur it closes prematurely, does that automatically mean you have craniosynostosis?
Craniosynostosis: No is the answer - children can have the soft spot close early and it can mean absolutely nothing. The key question is whether the brain and skull are still growing and the child is making normal milestones - if that is the case you can ignore the premature closure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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