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Anyone good with medical terminology and dechiphering doctors' writing?

(19 Posts)
Wallace Thu 15-Oct-09 20:34:09

I've been reading dd's notes from when she had heart surgery (VSD closure) and there is a bit I can't make out.

From the notes during the surgery "Tolerated procedure well. L.. mixed venus s...... ? cause. 2:1 Heart block on rewarming > sinus rhythm without intervention"

So what could the missing bit be? I understand the rest but put it in incase it is relevant.

The same term also crops up on the discharge summary from ITu to HDU on the ward "NB L.. mixed venus s... intra op > ? cause"

Now I know I don't really need to know - op was several years ago and dd is fantastically well. But I would like to know

whomovedmychocolate Thu 15-Oct-09 20:36:16

saturation I would think.

Wallace Thu 15-Oct-09 20:39:02

That's what I thought but it really doesn't look like satuaration.

(ps I can spell decipher blush)

Wallace Thu 15-Oct-09 20:45:51

I've had another look and I cannot make it say saturation however hard I try.

i wish I had a scanner...

nellie12 Thu 15-Oct-09 20:50:59

what about shunt? bit of a wild guess.

Wallace Thu 15-Oct-09 20:56:46

I think it starts "sc..." but really not sure.

Thank you for trying

MrsBadger Thu 15-Oct-09 21:06:28

my money's on 'mixed venous sats'

how long is the word? sat? sugar? simpleton?

Could it be SvO2?

saggarmakersbottomknocker Thu 15-Oct-09 21:48:39

Is the L.. low? If so I would think sats or SvO2 as it's a measure of cardiac output, I think.

alypaly Fri 16-Oct-09 00:08:13

mixed venous hemoglobin oxygen saturation (SvO2)

Wallace Fri 16-Oct-09 06:27:39

It is longer than SvO2, but shorter than saturation. I think it also ends in an s. And it does say "venus" not "venous" hmm

It will probably turn out to be something obvious like the mumsnetter who was wondering what on earth "p6 next" could mean in her daughters reading homework wink

saggarmakersbottomknocker Fri 16-Oct-09 16:07:50

Perhaps the venus denotes a doc with poor spelling as well as poor hand writing Wallace smile

Wallace Fri 16-Oct-09 20:46:43

So true.

Or maybe he was just on a different planet...grin

Wallace Fri 16-Oct-09 21:54:36

I think you are right that the L is low. I think the s word ends "tus"

choosyfloosy Fri 16-Oct-09 21:58:28

Could it possibly be 'mixed venous stasis'?

ReneRusso Fri 16-Oct-09 22:09:18

'mixed venous status'

Wallace Sat 17-Oct-09 06:56:04

Actually, I have decided it could possible say "saturations" after all blush The doc seems to blend lots of letters into one sqiggle hmm

Thank you all for your help

FlightAttendant Sat 17-Oct-09 07:00:18

status possibly

FlightAttendant Sat 17-Oct-09 07:01:11

Sorry rene I didn't see your post!

sinus, status, not that I know what any of it means...

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