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Dr. Stephen Berns

Pathology
Geneva, IL
21 years experience male

Locations

Pathology Consultants

Geneva, IL

Address

Delnor Northwestern Hospital, Geneva, IL, United States
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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pathology

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

115 Answers
74 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Cut the fat/sugar: Me too. There are many approaches to dieting, but i think a slow permanent approach to weight reduction is best. Start slow and be consistent. Repl... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See doctor: Post coital bleeding (bleeding after intercourse) can be a sign of cervical cancer.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See your doctor: This could be a peristent duct from the bowel. See your doctor. This could be an easy fix with minor surgery rather than continuing to let it bother... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
A lot of things: Lumps can be benign ranging from fatty tumors called lipomas to something more serious including malignant tumors (cancer). Until it is removed and e... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Possible: If a tumor is within the confines of the skull, the downward displacement of the brain stem by the tumor can be fatal, regardless of whether or not it... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
A little soon: It is a little too soon to take the test, but the tests are readily available. At this time, i would say that if it came up positive, you would be pr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
If...: If you were my nurse, i would rather you call in sick than take chances with my health.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Two things: Often, the abnormal normal cells are benign and also known as "reactive". If, on the other hand, they are not benign, the may represent changes relat... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See surgeon: You might have a pilonidal cyst. This is a small cyst that occurs in the crack above the anus. This can easily be removed with minor surgery. Pleas... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No...no...no...: Please don't ever drink if you think that you are pregnant. This can lead to something called "fetal alcohol syndrome". http://www.mayoclinic.com... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Ah, yes: In this case, your partner's sperm may also be seen with your cells on the pap smear. Generally, most cytopathologists won't comment on them in the r... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See doctor: Losing weight unnecessarily can be the sign of a very serious underlying illness, such as cancer. See your doctor for a full evaluation.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Lump in prostate: Elevated psa tests and a positive digital rectal exam for a hard lump in the prostate are strong signs of a prostate cancer. A biopsy is still requir... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Talk to doctor: Generally speaking, the doctors only treat the body with as much radiation as it can tolerate. Nothing is absolutely certain in this life and cancers... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Cyst of the neck: It's a large cyst of the neck, typically seen in newborns. There is an association with turner's sydrome, where a baby girl is born with only one x c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Heme/onc doctor: Many doctors who specialize in chemotherapy (oncology) also treat blood diseases (hematology) that are not related to cancerous conditions (most blood... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, but the bodies have usually been preserved with formaldehyde so you can study them for a long period of time. Freshly deceased bodies are reserv... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Yes: Depending on the location of the lesion, different parts of the optic pathway can be affected.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Wait for biopsy rprt: The microscopic features used to distinguish cancer from benign are numerous. Generally, if you have a lesion that won't heal or looks particularly i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
It depends on lab: Personally, i strive for a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours, but complex cases take longer.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Do biopsy: Biopsy is strongly recommended. It is the gold standard test to make a prostate cancer test. Don’t delay.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
A whole lot: Ob/gyns complete college, followed by 4 years of medical school, and then a grueling 4 year residency program. In order to practice medicine, they mu... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Examine support : You may wish to talk to some family members and close friends about this first. Having a child and raising one is a lot of work, and it helps to have... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Maybe: Please check your report and see if there is any mention of barrett's esophagus or intestinal metaplasia. These findings would indicate a premalignan... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Most likely not: Clumpy blood is clotted blood. Portions of the uterus lining are also shed during a period. This is normal. It grows back.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
It depends: Rdw means red cell distribution width. It measures the difference between the sizes of the patient's red blood cells. It increases a little as one g... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Diabetic diet: As an allopathic trained doctor, I would steer away from a lot of dietary supplements. Some of them are pharmaceutically active, but you don't know w... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Probably not cancer: Most gallbladder polyps are cholesterol polyps. Cancer is rare. However, if you are in pain, you might want to have your gallbladder removed. Pleas... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Please be patient: Something this serious should not be rushed. It can take up to 24 hours just to make microscope slides from the biopsy tissue, let alone to interpret... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Two: Bipolar i and bipolar ii. Some mental health experts are working on a new classification called the dsm v which might be published soon.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Compare to pictures: You should be able to find some pictures of the internet of inverted nipples (images.Google.Com) to compare it with. Even so, an inverted nipple is a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See doctor: Might be a fungal infection (candida) or a sexually transmitted disease. See your doctor for examination, testing, and treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Call them and ask: Depending on where the test was done. If it was a blood test, call the lab and ask them. If it was a kit you purchased over the counter at a drugsto... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See below: Tumors are made of cells that have gone bad and started to grow and replicate regardless of the cells around them. Each tumor as it gets more and mor... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No: It is considered too dangerous for a people with cancer or a myeloproliferative disorder such as essential thrombocythemia to donate blood.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Get an ultrasound: Unless there is an obstuction of your bile ducts, blood tests will not demonstrate whether or not you have gallstones. An ultrasound of the gallbladd... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No: With proper treatment, one can live a long and fulfilling life. Please see you doctor for additional information, as this can be a complicated illnes... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Tissue injury: The hyoid bone can also be damaged.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No: Excessive blood may create very thick smears which can be difficult to examine with a microscope. The cells themselves are not distorted.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Yes, but unlikely: Please go see a surgeon for an evaluation. Don't overthink this and worry too much.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See doctor: Until there is a biopsy done and evaluated with a microscope, no one will know if you have cancer, advanced or not. I wish you the best.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Possible, see doctor: Without seeing the flaky area, i can guess that it is yeast, but it would be best to have a thorough examination in person by a doctor. Usually a sim... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Unlikely: Anything is possible, but this is most likely not cancerous. Follow up with your doctor. You may need another scan and a biopsy.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No: The mainstay of colon cancer treatment is surgery, and possibly chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Please see your doctor and listen to his or her... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
A plus sign: It looks like a plus sign. You may want to look at the information that came with the test.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
See doctor: Please see your doctor for a full evaluation. It is difficult to guess what exactly could be wrong without seeing a doctor face to face. I would pre... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
No: There aren't enough resources to provide advanced care for every one in this country, let alone the world.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Please don't worry: One of the next steps is usually a fine needle aspiration biopsy, which involves using a very skinny needle to remove cells from the nodule. In my ex... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Cyst or torsion: Yes, the ovary can physically rupture if it has a cyst or it gets twisted around the fallopian tube in a condition called torsion. Both are very pai... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
Ask doctor: Usually these procedures can be done in the doctor's office where a small amount of tissue is removed from the inside of the uterus through the cervix... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Berns is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Berns is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks. I have no discomfort, nor have I ever had. Though I do have small gel like yellow lumps in my semen, again for around the same time
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I have seen him and they checked my full bloods and all was well. Guess go back and see what else they can check? I have no pain.
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Thanks! But its general check up test so I guess if u have a look on it u can inform what does it tell,plz

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toledo College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

ORLANDO HEALTH
Completed 2006

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Rockford, IL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Rockford, IL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Rockford, IL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Fellow, College of American Pathologists
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