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Is central retinal artery occlusion correctible after nine months of diagnosis?

On the only visit to an opthalmologist I was given Timolol and nothing else was discussed. What should I do at this point?

I don't do ophthalmology, but I'm pretty sure that it isn't correctable. Eye tissue is pretty delicate & any damage down "down stream" of the occlusion is likely permanent by now.  (+ info)

Is a Markus Gunn pupil ALWAYS associated with central retinal artery occlusion?

(also known as a relative afferent pupillary defect) describes the finding during the swinging-flashlight test whereupon the patient's pupil dilates instead of constricting when the light swings from the unaffected "good" eye to the affected "bad" eye.

Upon shining the light into the "good" eye, both pupils will constrict. However, when the light moves to the "bad" eye, the light will not be perceived and both pupils will dilate as if there was no light at all.

It is also considered lack of a consensual reflex in the affected eye, showing optic nerve damage in which the sensory or afferent stimulus sent to the brainstem is reduced. Severe retinal disease may also yield a Marcus Gunn pupil.  (+ info)

Medical Specialists to perform Central Retinal Artery Occlusion surgery?

how do i find an opthomalogist who is a specialist at performing this surgery?

You need a retinal surgeon. Most major cities have them.  (+ info)

help! any treatment/surgery for central retinal artery occlusion?

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion is like a "stroke" of the eye, and if found early enough can be treated with TPA, a thrombolytic. Otherwise there is very little you can do. Take aspirin, monitor cholesterol and possibly take a cholesterol medication. Have evaluation for possible causes of this problem, as some causes are quite dangerous, like a Carotid Artery Stenosis or Dissection. These may lead to a real "Stroke", but are sometimes able to be interveined on before that happens. Follow up regularly with your Opthalmologist.  (+ info)

A person has an occlusion in right coronary artery. What are the possible consequences of such a condition?

A person has an occlusion in right coronary artery. What are the possible consequences of such a condition?

A total occlusion will cause myocardial infarction

A partial occlusion - cause angina  (+ info)

Occlusion of which artery commonly, typically causes anterior infarct?

What does anterior infarct mean?
Occlusion of which artery commonly, typically causes anterior infarct?

I'm guessing: anterior wall is really right ventricular wall. Right ventricular wall has LAD and right diagonal arteries running down its face. So I'd say anterior infarct is when right diagnoal is blocked. Is this correct?

The Right Coronary Artery is the one supplying the Anterior area of the heart. This is the most important area of the heart, as it is where the core of your electrical system is located. The Sino-Atrial Node, Atrio-Ventricular node, Bundle of H.I.S., and start of the Bundle Branches are all located in the Anterior region. This is the initial electrical pathway where the heartbeat originates. Without an effective anterior region the heart will not work. Anterior MIs are the most lethal heart attacks. If the blood supply to by the RCA is not restored extremely fast the patient has a very poor prognosis.  (+ info)

My 13 yr old has branch retinal vein occlusion. Is this linked to any other systemic disease?

My daughter has high cholesterol which doctors believe is the main cause of her disorder. However, it is very uncommon in a child her age. I need help in deciding how to proceed as the public health system here in Trinidad is really inadequate. Is there somewhere that I can go to get international medical assistance with this problem? Right now my daughter is taking painkillers regularly because of bad headaches and eye pain.

hello ,your daughter has high cholesterol levels which indicates a genetic form of hypercholesterolaemia ,this results in cholesterol plaques and emboli to block small blood vessels as in her case the branch retinal vein ,it is a systemic disease and it needs urgent address   (+ info)

Surgeons performed an occlusion of the right carotid artery on my son after an accident. What is this?

We've been told this procedure is rarely perfomed on children. He's 9. We'd appreciate any advice/help.

I've heard of it done on adults to prevent bleeding during head surgery.
Hope your son is feeling better.  (+ info)

I am blind in my left eye, from retnal artery occlusion?

I am blind in my left eye from retnal artery occlusion. Well maybe, I was DX about 3 months later with Multiple Sclerosis.
I am still completely blind in that eye three years later, because they waited to long to A) Patch it B) Do freakin anything.

Is there anything that can be done, And please no dumb*** comments this is my vision & I am 26 years old with 2 kids!

Have you seen a neuro opthamologist, with special expertise in MS?. I've had visual problems for 30 years and was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago.

Please join my Yahoo group on MS;

Good Luck  (+ info)

my test came back daying i had occlusion and stenoisis of the cartiotid artery with cerebreral infraction dr?

isnt helping am 44 please help
sorry about the bad spelling also have senile osteoporosis at 44 what gives ?

First lets define the terms in basic english:

1. Occlusion = blockage
2. Stenosis = narrowing of a vessel
3. Carotid artery = the MAIN artery that carries blood from your heart to your head. you have one on each side of the neck. this is the one you may have seen it on TV, where Paramedics feel for a pulse when someone is not responding.
4. Cerebral = related to the brain
5. Infarction = death of tissue usually from lack of oxygen or blood flow.

So lets put it all together:

You have a blockage and narrowing of the main artery or both arteries in your neck which caused you to have a Cerebral Vascular Accident ( medical term for Stroke ). The reason why your carotids became blocked and narrowed is because of arteriosclerosis or "plaque" that builds up along the walls of the arteries. It gets there mostly from the Cholesterol in our blood. Over time as we age more builds up... it becomes calcified and hardens the artery. Arteries should be soft and pliable not hard and thick. A few reasons why this happens has to do with 1) our diet is high in fat 2) our diet is high in cholesterol 3) our genes because if someone in our family had heart disease or a stroke we are also more likely to get one 4) our own body makes alot of cholesterol, more than it should 5) the process of aging makes arteries damaged 6) lack of exercise to remove fat and cholesterol 7) smoking narrows and hardens arteries. So some of this is to blame on our lifestyle, and some of this is to blame on our ancestors.

Strokes can be very mild, so that you don't even realize you had one. Sometimes this is called a "mini stroke". Or Strokes can be very sever and debilitating... so that you could be paralyzed on one side of your body... you may not talk or walk the same... you may lose some vision... and your mind wont work right.

Now your Carotids can be partially blocked or fully occluded. They can do a visual image on a screen, after putting dye in your arteries to tell them how much of a blockage is present. Don't worry, its just like an x-ray. It puts a picture on a screen and shows how the blood flows through your body. Usually they will not do anything if you are less than 80-90% blocked, and have had no problems. If you are more than 90% blocked and having problems, they would do something called Carotid Endarterectomy... it's a quick surgical procedure where they go in and "Roto Rooter" the plaque lining the artery to remove the blockage. Think of it like having the Plumber come by to you unblock your sink drain!

Now as for the Senile Osteoporosis... it is possible to have this age 44...

for one... if you are past menopause, you probably have Post - Menopausal Osteoporosis (Type 1).... This is brought on by the lack of estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that helps women replace the Calcium in our bones. Calcium is essential for new bone formation. Bones are constantly being broken down and rebuilt. As we age, and not enough calciu,, the bones aren't rebuilt as much or as strong. So they become fragile and likely to break (fracture).

Then you can also get Type 2 Osteoporosis. The reason why it's called Senile osteo is because it usually occurs in older people. It is brought on by an age related Calcium Deficiency or Vit - D deficiency. If you live in a cold climate, you haven't gotten enough sun. The Sun helps our bodies to manufacture Vit - D.

Women most at risk for Osteoporosis are Thin or small framed. Their bones are smaller. Also white, fair-skinned women because of the lack of sunshine.

Lastly, some medications can cause Osteo... ask your doctor about your medications and see what he says.

Good Luck to you,
Nurse Angie  (+ info)

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