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Dr. Ed Friedlander

Pathology
Kansas City, MO
45 years experience male

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Kansas City, MO

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1750 Independence Avenue, Kansas City, MO
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Bio

With a humanities background and board-certifications in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and ringside medicine, "The Pathology Guy" accidentally created one of the first medical sites providing information to individuals during the 1990's, and during those heady times handled 20-30 questions like these per day. http://www.pathguy.com remains a popular site for pathology teachers, learners, and the curious public. He has chaired the pathology department at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences since February 1992. His medical school roommate, distinguished radiologist Joe Panella MD, described him as the only loner he knows who doesn't whistle. "The Pathology Guy" is glad to see so many colleagues now answering the public's questions. Keep it up teammates -- where there is love of medicine, there is love of humankind.

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Pathology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

19K Answers
6.5K Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Benign tumor: This is a fairly common benign tumor. If the imaging specialist is certain of the diagnosis, it's perhaps best left alone. If you have more than one, ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Time for workup: These will probably be repeated after 2 weeks of no alcohol and off all meds that might cause these to be up They're liver enzymes. If still up, the c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes: That's okay
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Be careful: "Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth" is usually a "pop", non-evidence-based diagnosis made by "independent medical thinkers." It's blamed for every... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Minor mystery: Nobody really knows how prevalent demodex is, and what role it may play in some of the dermatitis syndromes especially on the face.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Same locus: Becker's is caused by a milder allele than Duchenne's but otherwise they are the same disease. If you have mutant dystrophin and symptoms but are walk... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
There are none: Some people's kidneys, by birth or sometimes by medication / toxin effect, simply waste glucose despite the blood sugar being normal. Some glucose is ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Of course: Everybody enjoys their body. It lets you stay focused on other things, may even be necessary for you to study and get to sleep, lets you save the best... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Don't Rx a lab value: Serum iron is used for diagnosis. We do the test to look for iron deficiency, iron overload, and some other illnesses. Around 60 to 170 micrograms is ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes: An early basal cell carcinoma can be excised with the expectation of cure. I'm personally familiar with hundreds of different types of cancer and the ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Takes months: They are granulation tissue and the new blood vessels haven't acquired the ability to constrict or been removed as the new dense connective tissue rep... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Technique: You're going to have some swelling after any kind of sexual activity that's exciting enough to lead to ejaculation -- including intercourse and oral s... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Nothing: It's just a foolish scam that targets gullible people. There's no such thing as "toxic bowel settlement."
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Your choice: Many women feel more comfortable if any dominant breast mass is removed. If a dangerous tumor arises near it, the fibroadenoma may mask its presence. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Nothing: GFR obtained from creatinine levels is a crude and frankly pseudoscientific estimate that's only useful for kidney failure patients. I'm going to ass... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: I'm sorry someone told you something to give you this unrealistic fear. People who need to use emergency contraception are already in a difficult situ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes: Genetic factors, including some very high-risk genes, run in families parent-to-child. Rather than study you genetically to determine your risk, simpl... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Relax: All young adults have at least one, and usually 2-4, palpable neck nodes. The ones that are lymphoma -- usually Hodgkin's -- are obviously abnormal (s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Unpredictable: The single most dangerous feature is that at any time -- the first or the 100th use -- you may suddenly discover you can no longer be happy without us... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
What are you asking?: If you are worried about HIV, relax and be thankful for good health. Local skin care for you skin there should help. Might you be allergic to somethin... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: I'm not worried about a "trace" of blood because you mentioned only rare red cells in the sediment. Going to the gym can give you this from the myoglo... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Distal tubule: In the absence of aldosterone and its like from the adrenal cortex, the proximal tubule has some mechanisms that ordinarily waste sodium and hang onto... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
You're fine: Blood comes out because it's under pressure in severed vessels. They'll heal. The medicine stays inside you as it's not under pressure.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Lifestyle: If you're taking methotrexate for the psoriatic arthritis, that may be the explanation. You're a 34 year old man and if you exercise, you're creatinin... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not the beer: If your arm pain does not seem to be musculoskeletal or it is taking your breath away or is accompanied by chest pain, get to the emergency room. This... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not really: Nobody really likes the terms "pigmented hairy epidermal nevus" or "nevoid melanosis". I have several colleagues who are physicians and/or athletes wh... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Sounds okay: I'm guessing that you had one of these modern lab tests that estimates glomerular filtration rate from creatinine, race, and other stuff. This is subs... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
None: Food choices are very seldom the key to the management of any illness, other than the nutritional disease. Being sick is difficult enough without supe... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: That'll show repair if it's recent, but not dysplasia.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Stop worrying: This is normal. Get a follow up next year or if you have symptoms.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: Treat the person, not the lab values. These are trivial, and hopefully you already know that reference ranges are set so that several percent of healt... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Lovastatin: The red rice yeast produces lovastatin naturally. Your decisions about cholesterol need to be made in conference with your physician. If a statin is r... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Patient's choice: Often the best treatment is to do nothing. Depending on what's available, lasers, cryotherapy, microsurgery may all be offered.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Hey, tough guy!: Everybody's thigh goes twitchy occasionally. I think it's from a nerve cell or two dying off the muscle getting extra-sensitive to circulating acetylc... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Maybe: Not all smelly diarrhea after antibiotics is C-diff. Generally it's self-limited. Do get with your physician if this is obviously serious illness.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Lifestyle: I'm sorry that you have an illness that's not curable -- progress in infectious disease, surgical disease, vascular health, and advanced cancer remedi... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
It means nothing: This varies tremendously from person to person for no reason whatever. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside on e... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Easy answer: All cells bearing the CD4 protein are prone to be invaded directly. This is mostly the big class of T-helper cells and the dendritic macrophage family... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Contaminated: The epithelial cells tell me that there was some contamination of your sample. Just being a woman makes it more difficult to give a clean-catch urine.... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Stop worrying: Especially if you're working in a health care setting, you need to get over these unrealistic fears of HIV. It's simply not transmitted by this kind o... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: You can get it from your mother while getting born or nursing, or from sharing needles. Transfused blood should be safe everywhere.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Go right ahead: I'm sorry you felt you had to wait. Get back to enjoying yourself.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Still at risk: It's one of several different tests, and picks up only 1 entity. Chances are you were screened for all the common ones (V Leiden, deficiency in S and/... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
At any time: When two people find one another, and are having or considering having sex -- especially if it's unprotected -- they should really both go and get tes... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Smallpox: Smallpox is the most famous example. Measles is the most contagious disease and was deadly to the American Indians because it was new to them. Ebola h... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Stop worrying: Lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside on either side. At age 23, you need to be concerned with getting you... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not so: Usually skipping a few meals produces mild ketonuria, and non-fasting isn't a problem here. Is there a misunderstanding? High ketone levels have a var... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: You've got small red cells. It's just you. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. We'll watch your th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
It's very common: Swollen lymph nodes are generally your friends, fighting extra-hard for you. If no evidence of cancer cells is found, be thankful for good health. The... Read More
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Testimonials
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Oct 12, 2015
What a delight it is to read Dr. Friedlander's posts. He is direct and his advice is personalized clearly. He's kind as he tells it like it is, without waffling. While doing so, he also recognizes f...Read More
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Oct 30, 2013
Very knowledgeable and capable of conveying his thoughts in a very clear way. Uncommon gift of empathy for those asking the questions, yet answers directly and unhesitatingly. It is a pleasure to read...Read More
Dec 13, 2020
Dr. Friedlander's experience and willingness to teach has impacted many (probably in the thousands) physicians in training (including myself in medical school) over many years as the Pathology Guy- wh...Read More
HealthTap member
ear doctor,i have been working as a Medical/Engineering entrance coaching classes.i have some kind of problem for my throat,somewhat like dryness..and sometimes feels something when swallowing saliva....Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you so much for your response. I have taken enbrel and remicade both for roughly two years. The issue with tnf blockers is that they seem to work for a couple years then they lose their punch. I...Read More
HealthTap member
thanks so much for your response. turns out i have Selective Antibody Deficiency. They also believe i have Mitochondrial Disease...going thru testing. i have 2 family members with it & 7 total w/Immun...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

Liberty Bell Award, Bar Association
Top Doctor, First Place, Missouri - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Missouri - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Kansas City Univeristy of Medicine and Biosciences
USA Boxing
William Carey University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
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