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Critical Care
Philadelphia, PA
24 years experience male

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Critical Care

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Depends how bad: The time and degree of recovery depend on the size and location of the hemorrhage. Bleeding and swelling go together. The swelling follows the bleedi... Read More
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It can be: We want all of our patients to do well, but that doesn't always happen, because they often hqve very bad diseases. We go to work every day, do the bes... Read More
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Clinically: Parkinson's disease is diagnosed by clinical signs and symptoms. The four key features of Parkinson's are tremor, slow movements, stiff limbs and a sh... Read More
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Depends: For a standard cervical discectomy and fusion for radiculopathy it's 8-12 weeks. You could return to work more quickly depending on what you do. The... Read More
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Sometimes: Autonomy means the patient can do whatever he or she wants. Beneficence means that a doctor or other professional is looking out for the patient's ... Read More
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Two parts: On the outside is the annulus fibrosis, the.
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Principle of medicin: Patient autonomy is one of the ethical principles of medicine. It means that a patient cannot be compelled to do something they do not want, and that... Read More
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Not awful: People with a really bad radiculopathy often wake up from surgery feeling better, happy to trade postoperative pain for the radicular pain. Patients t... Read More
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A neurologist: A movement disorder specialist is a neurologist who has typically done extra fellowship training for diagnosis and treatment of advanced parkinson's, ... Read More
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None: There is no cure for parkinsons disease. There are about two dozen medicines for parkinson's, some 60 years old, others five years old. Each of them... Read More
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Severe nerve pinch: There is a bundle of nerves in the lumbar spine that hang down from the spinal cord. This is the cauda equina or the horse's tail. The syndrome is ca... Read More
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Yes: It can help with arm pain, but usually does not help with myelopathy. There is more risk compared to lumbar epidural steroids. Talk to your pain physi... Read More
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Depends: It depends on the location and pathology and size and any preopertive deficit. Even with a small lesion in a relatively "safe" area, people can feel ... Read More
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NSAIDs and exercise: 85% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. The treatment is generally non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, light e... Read More
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Beta blockers: Most neurologists will start with propanolol or another beta blocker for et. Other meds worth trying include primidone, and medium acting benzodiazep... Read More
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Complicated: For a brain avm, there are three techniques available, which are all complementary: surgery, radiosurgery and embolization. Talk to your neurosurgeon... Read More
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No: Lobotomy fell out of favor in the 1950s.
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Depends: If you had a ruptured aneurysm the recovery can be up to 18 months with variable level of disability. For unruptured aneurysms treated electively with... Read More
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Yes: Depending on why the shunt is present, people can live full and regular lives with a vp shunt.
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Yes: I had a patient who drank 1-2 gallons of diet soda every day and had a pretty bad peripheral neuropathy. When he cut back, his symptoms improved.
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Progression: Kyphosis is normal in the thoracic spine. A cervical, lumbar or abnormally large thoracic kyphosis may worsen over time. Kyphosis can cause pain, po... Read More
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It could be: The risk of having a stroke within one year after a TIA is very high, about 25%. So, if you really had a TIA 30 years ago, then i would say yes you a... Read More
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It's OK: I've done a few. It works ok. The fusion still has to be backed up with posterior instrumentation. One major risk is a bowel injury. I never want to... Read More
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Depends how bad: Soreness the next day or two after exercise can be normal, especially if you are just starting. Very bad pain can indicate that something more is goin... Read More
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Hydrocephalus: Etv is short for endoscopic third ventriculostomy. It is generally done for obstructive hydrocephalus, commonly for aqueductal stenosis. The proce... Read More
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Also..: It depends on whether the aneurysm was ruptured, whether you have to take anti platelet agents.
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Yes: Oftentimes people will wake up the next day after an accident with a stiff neck. Talk to your doctor if symptoms persist.
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Depends: If the symptoms aren't bad then i generally do not recommend surgery. If someone can't walk a block and has failed physical therapy and epidural stero... Read More
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Small incision: Through a small incision, the surgeon works down to the spinal lamina. Make a window in in the lamina, remove or move aside the ligamentum flavum, dis... Read More
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1st choice discectom: For a first herniated disc and anatomically consistent radicular symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatment and time, a discectomy is ... Read More
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Yes possible: An acute DVT causes a pulmonary embolus about 10% of the time, but can cause a stroke if someone has a patent foramen ovale, which is usually not dete... Read More
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Spasticity: Lioresal is a brand name for baclofen. This medication is used to reduce muscle spasticity, particularly after stroke or spinal cord injury. There is ... Read More
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Not at all: There are four different ways to treat avms: 1) observation, 2) embolization, 3) radiosurgery, 4) microsurgery. Embolization with particles or glue is... Read More
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Probably not: Spina bifida occulta is the mildest type of spina bifida. So long as you do not have a tethered cord, it will probably not become worse.
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Depends: Cauda equina is often caused by a very larger herniated disc. This can be treated with urgent surgery. Other causes would be tumors, hemorrhages and ... Read More
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Standard ACDF risks: Bleeding (possibly causing airway compromise, rarely severe due to carotid or vertebral artery prob), infection, spinal fluid leak, nerve damage, spin... Read More
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Nerve root malfuncti: Lumbar radiculopathy just means that a lumbar nerve root is not working properly. It is commonly caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Other ... Read More
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Depends: Lots of people without pain have disc bulges, so it's not at all clear that surgery for a disc bulge would be helpful.
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Electrodes in brain: Deep brain stimulation is a procedure used for advanced parkinson's, essential tremor and dystonia. It involves guiding thin electrodes to deep struct... Read More
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No: There is no known cure for parkinsons disease.
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Maybe: It may become worse or stay the same. About 50/50 chance.

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Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1998MD
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