A small community woke up to the solemn, shocking news that a 59 year old husband, father and popular restaurant owner had died suddenly from complications during back surgery. After letting that information penetrate the early morning haze, some may have wondered about the cause of death. How can something go so terribly wrong during spine surgery?
The fact of the matter is that millions of surgeries occur per year. Within those millions are thousands of heart attacks that occur around the time of surgery. Up to one quarter of the people that have a heart attack during the time of surgery will die. Those that have diabetes, heart failure, blood loss, or risky surgeries are at the highest risk. As the population ages, people having surgery are more and more likely to be at risk of having the dreaded and often deadly heart attack around the time of surgery.
Heart attacks at the time of surgery are not the usual types of cardiac events that happen during normal circumstanc...
Restless legs syndrome or Ekbom Syndrome affects hundreds of people night after night, keeping them and their partners awake. It can even lead to sleep deprivation.
What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome? The itching, burning sensation on the limbs and the endless need to move them as the sufferer tries to find a comfortable position in which to lie. Often it's necessary to get up and pace the floor, take a hot/cold bath, anything to get rid of the misery in the legs.
What causes restless legs? The cause is unknown, although recent research suggests that a single unknown gene causes many of the cases. It is known that RLS is hereditary, with some families having several members suffering from the disorder. RLS is associated with iron deficiency, disorders of the peripheral nerve (e.g. neuropathy) and various other movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease). However, the cause of RLS for most patients remains unknow...
Definition A thoracic spine x-ray is an x-ray of the twelve chest (thoracic) vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by flat pads of cartilage that cushion them. Alternative Names Vertebral radiography; X-ray - spine; Thoracic x-ray; Spine x-ray; Thoracic spine films; Back films How the test is performed The test is done in a hospital radiology department or in the health care providers office. You will lie on the x-ray table and will be asked to lay in different positions. If the x-ray is to determine an injury, care will be taken to prevent further injury. The x-ray machine will be positioned over the thoracic area of the spine. You will hold your breath as the picture is taken, so that the picture will not be blurry. Usually 2 or 3 x-ray views are needed. How to prepare for the test Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry. How the test will feel Th test causes no discomfort. The table may be cold. Why the test is performed The x-ray helps evaluate bone injuries, ...
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