Doctor insights on: What is buccal pit
Normal Tooth Anatomy: A "buccal pit" is a variation of normal tooth anatomy on lower back teeth. If you look closely at a lower molar, on the cheek side, you'll see two lobes which come together with a small groove between them. Sometimes during tooth development this groove doesn't fuse all the way, leaving a small pit behind. This pit nearly always decays early in life and should be filled, ideally prior to a cavity. ...Read more
Hole in bone: This is a finding found on imaging studies (like X-rays) of the shoulder or upper arm. Pitting means small holes or a hole in the part of the humerus (upper arm bone) called the greater tuberosity, where ligaments attach. It can mean there has been an injury to the ligaments that attached there. It may be an important clue if you have shoulder problems, inc. rotator cuff injuries. ...Read more
How long does it take for pitting adema to go away after getting off of a medicine that was causing it?
Not long: It depends on the area affected but if there is an offending agent stopping should bring prompt resolution. ...Read more
Here are 2 scales below:
1+ barely detectable impression when finger is pressed into skin.
2+ slight indentation.
15 seconds to rebound
3+ deeper indentation.
30 seconds to rebound.
4+ >30 seconds to rebound.
1+ 2mm depression, barely detectable.
2+ 4mm deep pit.
A few seconds to rebound.
3+ 6mm deep pit.
10-12 seconds to rebound.
4+ 8mm: very deep >20sec. ...Read more
What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Likely part of it.: The pitting is due to increased pressure in the veins as the clot blocks some of the venous return to the heart. The fluid backs up and leaks out of the vessels and into the skin and other tissues. This causes the swelling. Pitting is just when you push down and squeeze some of the water away leaving a little pit that slowly fills back in. This should all get better as the DVT improves. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Tx Cause: Depends on ethiology. If morbidly obese need to undo morbid obesity. If secondary to congestive heart failure, treat correct failure. If due to venous drainage inssuficiency in leg, anti embolic stockings. Leg elevation higher than right atrium for several hours will diminish leg swelling. Need venous reflux study. If valve on common femoral vein incompetent, axillary valve vein autotransplant ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swelling: It means that you have increased swelling in your legs throughout the day. This can happen if you stand on your feet for long hours. Gravity pulls fluid down. Simply taking a break and sitting with your legs elevated can help issues. However, sometimes it can be caused by several other medical conditions so if you have more concerns I would recommend you follow up with a consult. ...Read more
Different Issues but: No evidence massage promotes health; though may be distracting from other issues. Pitting edema is a result of excess body water due to: CHF, liver or kidney failure/insufficiency, DVT or (rarely) water intoxication due to extremely high intake volumes (eg. >20-30 Liters/day). Obtain assistance worthy of your trust & clear the reasons for the pitting edema else worse outcomes are likely soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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