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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

Depends: COPD exists with varying severity, and most patients can have surgery with no significant increased risk. If COPD is very severe, or there is significant chronic sputum production, surgical risk is higher, but experienced teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists can help mitigate the risk. One important thing you have control over is pre-op smoking cessation. ...Read more

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I'm in rn school and having trouble obtaining information about the correct procedure for positioning a patient after a nephrectomy. Please help.?

I'm in rn school and having trouble obtaining information about the correct procedure for positioning a patient after a nephrectomy. Please help.?

It depends: It depends on where the doctor makes the incision and whether he/she is doing surgery lap, robotic or open. Campbell's urology, the definitive textbook on urology in your medical library should be a good reference. ...Read more

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Causes of blood +1 , ketone +1.5 , in one sided nephrectomy patient, non diabetic?

Causes of blood +1 , ketone +1.5 , in one sided nephrectomy patient, non diabetic?

Urine findings: Ketones, in the absence of glucose, in a urine analysis are an indication of starvation and are nothing to worry about. Blood in the urine (b) can be due to various factors. Among them are, a uti, kidney stone, bladder or kidney cancer and glomerulonephritis, among others. If the b in the urine persists and is not due to a uti, see a urologist for its diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of renal cell carcinoma patients who have had treatment with nephrectomy?

What is the survival rate of renal cell carcinoma patients who have had treatment with nephrectomy?

Depends on stage: Renal cell carcinoma, like every other cancer, has a staging system. Within any one stage, survival is usually quoted as 5-yr survival, that is, the % of patients one can expect to still be alive in 5 years. So a nephrectomy might be performed on a patient in stage i, and have excellent survival, or in stage IV and have poor survival. ...Read more

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Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways. ...Read more

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Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection( not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read more

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Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Usually not: Most commonly advancing COPD will lead to weight loss. If the person is taking Prednisone for copd, the medication can lead to a substantial increase in appetite and often result in weight gain ( in part due to water retention). ...Read more

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What are 10 important points about the care of patients with copd?

Here they are.: No smoking, flu shot, pneumonia shot, breathing exercises, compliance with maintenance inhalers, prompt treatment for respiratory infections, avoidance of drugs that depress breathing, oxygen may be necessary, avoid beta blockers, monitor lung functio tests. ...Read more

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What is a pulmo aide and why is it used for COPD patients?

Nebulizer: Pulmoaide is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are often used in COPD to deliver medications such as bronchodilators into the lung by inhalation. ...Read more

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