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What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

Stable vs growing: An adhesion is a scar anywhere in the body (not just the skin) that physically causes two structures to become adherent and is a common cause for bowel obstruction. They remin stable in size over time. Keloids are scars that have a tendency to grow over time and more likely occur on the skin. Read more

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Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


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What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

Big difference.: Moles are benign lesions that stable over time but may grow slowly. If they suddenly change, a biopsy may be recommended. Keloids grow and be one larger over time and generally associated with trauma or injury or inflammation. The keloid in the photo has been treated whereas the other smaller pigmented lesions appear more similar to moles. Read more

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What is the difference between hypertrophic scarring and a keloid?

What is the difference between hypertrophic scarring and a keloid?

The area affected: Hypertrophic scars are raised scars that do not spread beyond the boundry of the original scar. A keloid is a scar that continues to grow, extending well outside the boundary of the original scar site. That is, it spreads into areas of previously normal non-scarred skin. Read more

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How do doctors tell the difference between a hypertrophic scar and keloids?

How do doctors tell the difference between a hypertrophic scar and keloids?

Scars: Yes experienced doctors tell the differences between Keloids and Hypertrophic scars by examinations. The keloids 'out grow' the dimensions of the original injury. While hypretrophioc scars stay within that dimension.. Read more

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What's the difference between scar tissue and keloid? Can ultrasound be used to reduce both? Are there any other ways to get rid of it? What can I do?

What's the difference between scar tissue and keloid? Can ultrasound be used to reduce both? Are there any other ways to get rid of it? What can I do?

Scars/ keloids: A keloid is a raised scar that grows beyond the original cut. The most common places for it are the earlobes and chest. Scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process. Keloids can be treated with steroid injections, silicone dressings, pressure earrings, and surgical excision with radiation to reduce the risk of recurrence. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to decide which treatment. Read more

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Why do some people get adhesions and some don't?

Why do some people get adhesions and some don't?

Unknown, but...: Genetics plays some role. Any surgical procedure of the pelvis or abdomen can cause adhesions; more so if inflammatory/infected surgical field, e.g. Pus, stool, blood. Less likely with careful handling of tissue, and elective rather than emergency procedures. Most everyone gets adhesions; a minority get aftereffects (pain, bowel obstruction) even decades later. Read more

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"adhesions" or what others factors can contribute that my organs are (twisted, retroverted)?

"adhesions" or what others factors can contribute that my organs are (twisted, retroverted)?

Congenital: Congenital malrotation, situs inversus are conditions that affect location of one's organs. Read more

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Where can I find a specialist in ny for adhesions?

Where can I find a specialist in ny for adhesions?

Albany or syracuse: Great sacandaga lake for vacation near gloversville, ny is wonderful place. You want a surgeon to help with adhesions and you live in new york. The closest places would be albany or syracuse. Get to know your surgeon before you have obstruction that way in the future he/she will be ready to take care of you. Eventually adhesions do get better but it can take a long time. Read more

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Can gastric adhesions be treated with scope safely?

Can gastric adhesions be treated with scope safely?

Yes: Any adhesions in the abdomen may be safely treated laparoscopically if done by an experienced minimally invasive surgeon. You may want to see a bariatric surgeon or an anti-reflux surgeon because they will have extensive experience in laparoscopic gastric (stomach) surgery. Read more

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What is the percentage of getting adhesions after abortion?

What is the percentage of getting adhesions after abortion?

After 1 uncomplicate: Uncomplicated meaning, no infection, no perforation of the uterus, no retained products requiring a 2nd procedure- if non of those - very low. Read more

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What can pelvic adhesions cause?

What can pelvic adhesions cause?

Obstruction, Pain: As a general surgeon, I am called frequently to care for people whose small intestine has become twisted on itself due to adhesions from prior abdominal surgery (sbo-small bowel obstruction). Often, this will correct itself with in-patient mgmt, but it occasionally requires surgery. My gynecology colleagues care for many patients with pelvic pain presumed to be due to adhesions to the ovaries. Read more

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What causes adhesions on the intestine?

What causes adhesions on the intestine?

Peritoneal loss: Intestinal adhesions are due to the loss of the protective peritoneal membrane which envelops the small and large intestines. This is most commonly due to previous surgery but can be due to infection as well. Read more

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Lysis of labial adhesions how they do it?

Lysis of labial adhesions how they do it?

Surgical separation: Labial adhesions or vaginal synechia where labia of both sides get adherent in midline, causing urinary symptoms, seen in prepubertial females, surgically dissected and separated, also occasionally seen in sexually inactive females and elderly. Initial non surgical treatment done with estrogen ; steroid creams Read more

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Are a fistula and an adhesion the same thing?

Are a fistula and an adhesion the same thing?

No.: Fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow organs, such as intestines or bladder. An adhesion is merely a scar. Read more

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What problems can be caused by scar adhesions?

What problems can be caused by scar adhesions?

Several: The most common problem with postsurgeryu adhesions is pain. Some surgeons do not feel that adhesions cause pain but frequently freeing up adhesions from prior surgery can reduce pain at the site. Adhesions in the abdomen can trap bowel leading to obstruction, & scars around a woman's fallopian tubes may prevent pregnancy from occurring. Read more

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Could I get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Could I get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Doubtful: Legionella doesn't cause gallbladder problems to my knowledge. It usually affects the lungs. Read more

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Could someone get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Could someone get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Never heard of that: I suppose that anything is possible, but I have never heard of Legionella infection being the cause of gallbladder adhesions. Inflammatory disease involving the gallbladder is more likely to be due to prior episodes of cholecystitis. Read more

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I need to know if there is a cure for adominal adhesions?

No: So far nothing works 100% of the time. Surgery leads to more adhesions although laparoscopic surgery tends to cause less adhesions. So far the best thing is seprafilm. It works most of the time where it is placed. It is, however, difficult to work with. Read more

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Can I do anything to avoid getting adhesions from a surgery?

Can I do anything to avoid getting adhesions from a surgery?

No.: Adhesions are due to your body's intrinsic reaction to inflammation. With that said, the extent of adhesions can be affected by the nature of the surgery, the degree of surgical trauma, and the extent of inflammation brought about by the disease we are trying to treat. Read more

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Can you explain why patients with endometriosis have adhesions?

Can you explain why patients with endometriosis have adhesions?

Inflammation: Endometriosis causes inflammatory changes in the pelvis. This causes tissues to become swollen and stick together causing adhesions which may add to pelvic pain. Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more