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Hearing Your Own Heart Beat
Can you hear your heart beat? What about your stomach growling or air flowing in and out of your lungs? The constant functioning of our organs generally goes unnoticed, but it was a different story for 46-year-old Karrie, who suffered from a rare condition called semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS.)
“Two years ago I woke up one morning to the room spinning. Two or three months later I started hearing my heart beating in my ear. My heart would be like a drum, it was 24/7,” Karrie says.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Isaac Yang says that Karrie had a hole between her inner ear and her brain. “Because of this hole, all the sounds in her body were excessively loud,” he explains.
“After you’re born the bones in your skull develop between the brain and the ear, but in Karrie’s case the bone was very thin. Over time the bone wore down to form a hole,” Dr. Yang adds.
Knee Nerve Injury
USA Rugby player Marc, 24, suffered a severe injury while on the field for a regional all-star tournament. After going in for a tackle at full speed, he tripped and threw his right leg out, which caused it to hyperextend and snap. Marc says he immediately experienced extreme pain and was rushed to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a tibia platon fracture, a damaged meniscus, a torn PCL ligament, torn post lateral core ligaments and compartment syndrome due to swelling, in addition to a crushed perennial nerve. His right foot has been numb since the injury and he’s unable to lift it – a condition called drop foot.
Marc has undergone six surgeries to repair his injury and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Adickes explains his recovery may take one to two years. Learn more about Marc’s latest surgery and how nerve injuries affect the body.
“That is the worst injury you can [see] as a sports medicine doctor. As far as surgeries go, this is as big as it gets,” Dr. Adickes says.
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Ask Dr. Lisa: Preeclampsia
I am currently in my seventh month of pregnancy and am worried that I might again develop preeclampsia like I did with my last child. What is the likelihood that I will get it again? And I have PCOS – is there are relation between the two?
Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy, which can reduce blood flow to the placenta. PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a condition when a woman’s hormones are out of balance. Pregnant woman who have PCOS have a 45 percent greater risk for developing preeclampsia.
“This is a great question because if anyone out there has PCOS, you have to know that your pregnancy is considered high risk,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “We know it is associated with higher risk of having complications with pregnancy. It doesn’t mean you’re going to [definitely] have them, it just means you have to have an obstetrician who’s experienced with high-risk pregnancies.”
Dr. Lisa goes on to explain that preeclampsia can be a very serious condition, which is why it needs to be caught early. The first symptom is high blood pressure, which usually starts in the 20th week of pregnancy.
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