Definition An abdominal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the inside of the belly area. It does not use radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices. The images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam produces dozens or sometimes hundreds of images. Alternative Names Nuclear magnetic resonance - abdomen; NMR - abdomen; Magnetic resonance imaging - abdomen; MRI of the abdomen How the test is performed You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or clothing without metal fasteners (such as sweatpants and a t-shirt). Certain types of metal can cause blurry images. You will lie on a narrow table, which slides into a large tunnel-shaped scanner. Some exams require a special dye (contrast). The dye is usually given before the test through a vein (IV) in your hand or forearm. The dye helps the radiologist see certain areas more clearly. During the MRI, the person who operates the machine wi...
Puffy face; Swelling of the face; Moon face; Facial edema
Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling from an injury. Raise the head of the bed (or use extra pillows) to help reduce facial swelling.
Call your health care provider if
You should call your health care provider if you have:
Sudden, painful, or severe facial swelling
Facial swelling that lasts a while, particularly if it is getting worse over time
Fever, tenderness, or redness, which suggests infection
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Emergency treatment is needed if facial swelling is caused by burns or if you have breathing problems.
The health care team will ask questions about your medical and personal history to determine treatment or if any medical tests are needed. Questions may include:
How long has the facial swelling lasted?
When did it begin?
What makes it worse?
As an allergist/immunologist, I am frequently asked to see patients with angioedema or swelling. Although many times the source of angioedema is due to exposure to a protein (antigen) to which that person is allergic, in some cases this is not true. One such instance is with Hereditary Angioedema or HAE. HAE presents with episodes of swelling, usually of the extremities, face, trunk, genitals or swelling of the abdomen which can produce severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, patients with HAE have been taken to the operating room as the symptoms of an acute HAE attack can be similar to those seen with appendicitis. Unfortunately, these patients undergo removal of what later is found to be a normal appendix. The most frightening complication of HAE is swelling of the airway which can lead to death. Unlike angioedema due to exposure to allergens, patients with HAE do not develop hives. The cause of HAE is due to a lack of a specific p...
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