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How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

Yes: Dermatomes are maps of the skin based on study of many people. Based on where the skin is numb or sensitive or has abnormal feeling, a physician can tell which nerves or part of the spinal cord are affected. People do vary in what part of the body is supplied by which spinal nerve root, but a trained physician or health care provider can come close. Imaging like MRI can confirm the location. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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What can be done for nerve impingement in the neck? Is that the same as a pinched nerve in the neck? What are the symptoms of nerve infringement? Help

What can be done for nerve impingement in the neck? Is that the same as a pinched nerve in the neck? What are the symptoms of nerve infringement? Help

Nerve impingement?: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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In general What is treatment for concavity of the contour of the inferolateral patella due to injury in a child?

In general What is treatment for concavity of the contour of the inferolateral patella due to injury in a child?

Depends: The implication would be that it is a post-traumatic finding as in a fracture. If the fracture is well aligned, could be treated in cast or brace, if displaced, then surgical reduction and fixation may be required. We would usually obtain comparison views to the other side as well. ...Read more

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How is a diagnosis of MS supported by an MRI of the brain and the spine?

How is a diagnosis of MS supported by an MRI of the brain and the spine?

MRI guidelines : Mri of brain and spinal cord may show areas of abnormal signal which are consistent with ms but must be taken in the context of the individual's clinical course, objective findings on the neurological exam, and no better explanation forthcoming. Ms diagnosis can be supported by MRI findings, often with additional support from spinal fluid abnormalities consistent with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

Many things : It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more

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What type of exercises can be done for arthritis in the spine?

What type of exercises can be done for arthritis in the spine?

Nonimpact: Non-impact exercises are generally the best type of exercises to do for arthritic pain. Swimming or aquatic therapy seems to be the most helpful as it improves strength while simultaneously unloading the joints. ...Read more

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Can MS show lesions only in the brain and not in the spinal cord? And what type of MS would this be?

Can MS show lesions only in the brain and not in the spinal cord? And what type of MS would this be?

See below: If you have optic neuritis and suspicious lesions in the brain, you have a very high chance of having multiple sclerosis. The absence of lesions in spinal cord is not exclusionary. Although other disorders may cause your issues, would get diagnosis confirmed, and start a potent MS agent ASAP, if that seems to be answer. ...Read more

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Can the age of a damaged ACL in the knee be determined by a MRI scan.

Can the age of a damaged ACL in the knee be determined by a MRI scan.

Not really: The MRI is very good at saying it's torn. As with many things, not when it occurred. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the way the pain a regular run of the mill pinched nerve would present itself vs that of tumor induced nerve compression?

Is there a difference in the way the pain a regular run of the mill pinched nerve would present itself vs that of tumor induced nerve compression?

Tumor vs. HNP: No and yes. Pressure on a nerve will cause radiating pain along that nerve with numbness and or weakness. Tumor, bone spur, misplaced pedicle screw, infection, disk, the nerve doesn't care. You are more likely to have severe, unremitting back/neck pain with tumor especially at night causing awakening. Add weight loss, loss of appetite, fever/chills/sweats, immune compromise, etc, that suggests ca. ...Read more

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Can a pain in the back of the head be linked to a brain tumour?

Can a pain in the back of the head be linked to a brain tumour?

Yes: Brain tumors are uncommon. Nevertheless, a there is always the possibility. If you can reproduce the pain on your scalp above the skull bone than it is less likely to be a tumor under the skull. ...Read more

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What are the the signs of a suspected crps in a bone scan?

What are the the signs of a suspected crps in a bone scan?

3 phase bone scan...: Usually a 3 phase bone scan is performed for crps (rsd). For adults, the classic scan is positive on all three phases with increased periarticular uptake on delayed phase. ...Read more

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For what length of time can it be between the symptoms and rupture of a brain aneurysm?

For what length of time can it be between the symptoms and rupture of a brain aneurysm?

No delay: Patients with an an aneurysm usually present acutely with a rupture. Once the rupture occurs, the blood spills out into the brain. The symptoms are instantaneous. There is the sudden severe headache (often described as a "thunderclap headache"), sensitivity to light, nausea/vomiting, and even coma. Seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What if the cause of the neuropathy (i.e peripheral neuropathy) is injury/trauma can the problem be resolved? I.e nerve damage. e.g in the penis.

What if the cause of the neuropathy (i.e peripheral neuropathy) is injury/trauma can the problem be resolved? I.e nerve damage. e.g in the penis.

Damage and IVIG: Nerve damage does not normally heal in response to IVIG therapy, but there are several helpful treatments that may be available from urology for this particular situation. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of choice for a pinched nerve or disc problems in the neck?

What is the treatment of choice for a pinched nerve or disc problems in the neck?

Evaluation : Proper evaluation is needed by a physician who deals with these problems. An MRI is indicated to insure that the syptoms are not masking more serious problems. The other medical choices can then be discussed and decided. ...Read more

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How can the diagnosis of MS differ from that of asl?

How can  the diagnosis of MS differ from that of asl?

MS v ALS: One important difference- the brain or spinal cord MRI is often abnormal in MS, they are normal for ALS. The EMG is abnormal for ALS, it is normal for MS. MS often causes symptoms that affect touch sensation, ALS causes a painless weakness, no symptoms that affect sensation. MS often causes attacks, ALS is a progressive illness without attacks. ...Read more

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What is the best type of laser or any other procedure for a deep scar on the forehead due to a previous form of injury ?

What is the best type of laser or any other procedure for a deep scar on the forehead due to a previous form of injury ?

Still experimetal: Use Google to look up the phrase" "laser treatment of hypertrophic scars keloids striae", the type of scars more amenable to some cosmetic improvement with LASER (an acronym for a method to heat tissue, etc. when the light is absorbed). Since the response is a function of light absorption, the color/distribution of pigments within the scar will have a big influence on LASER frequency & responses. ...Read more