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Alternative Names Calcifications on mammograms References James JJ, Robin A, Wilson M, Evans AJ. The breast. In: Grainger RC, Allison D, Adam, Dixon AK, eds. Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging . 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 52. Muss HB. Breast cancer and differential diagnosis of benign lesions. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 208.
Despite the tag-teaming of breast surgeons and plastic surgeons, and despite the fact that there were no surgical complications, my surgery took 12 hours - 12 hours of anesthesia and lying on the table and keeping my family and friends waiting to hear it was over and that I was fine. Of course, when you're the patient you have no idea how long you've been out, so when I woke up in the recovery room and looked up at the big black and white school-room style clock and saw that it was after 10 p.m., all I knew was that I had slept through a huge portion of the day.
There was one other thing I knew: I knew that I felt like I'd been hit by a truck and then the truck sat on me.
I know I said that in an earlier post - used those exact words, in fact, about getting hit by a truck and having the truck sit on me - and I'm repeating them again in this post because, in truth, there are simply no other words to describe what it felt like at that exact moment and almost every ...
Definition Calcification is a process in which calcium builds up in body tissue, causing the tissue to harden. This can be a normal or abnormal process. Information Ninety-nine percent (99%) of calcium entering the body is deposited in bones and teeth. The remaining calcium dissolves in the blood. When a disorder affects the balance between calcium and certain chemicals in the body, calcium can be deposited in other parts of the body such as arteries, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Calcium deposits in these parts of the body can cause problems with how these blood vessels and organs work. Calcifications can usually be seen on x-rays . A common example is calcium depositing in arteries as part of atherosclerosis. See also: Mineral metabolism disorders
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