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Dr. Frazier Frantz

Pediatric Surgery
Washington, DC
34 years experience

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Pediatric Surgery

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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Oral antifungals: The most effective treatment for onchomycosis is oral antifungals (i.e., terbinafine) taken for 12 weeks. Because of potential adverse effects on the... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Esophageal tear: Mallory-weiss syndrome describes a tear of the lining of the distal esophagus as a result of forceful vomiting. It is characteristically associated w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Esophageal atresia (ea) commonly occurs in association with other congenital anomalies, including the vacterl (vertebral/vascular, aortic/anorectal, c... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
In some cases: While wilms' tumor usually occurs sporadically, there are common genes/gene mutations that have been discovered in patients with wilms' tumor. There i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
3 weeks to 3 months: Pyloric stenosis occurs in newborns, typically born at term, anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months of age. Some babies will tolerate some feedings betwee... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Bowel inflammation: While crohn's disease can involve inflammation of the entire GI tract, appendicitis is confined to the appendix. Clinical presentation can be identic... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
No: It isn't normal for a corrected undescended testicle to be much smaller than the other. It may be slightly smaller, and this is usually due to the fa... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on location: Depending upon the site of the primary tumor in the neck, spine, mediastinum or retroperitoneum, that body cavity is entered & complete gross resectio... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Lymphangiomas, or more correctly, lymphatic malformations result from abnormal formation of the lymphatic system & are characterized by obstruction to... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Variable: Depends on the child's health and type of atresia. Healthy, term children undergo surgery in 1-2 days. Those that are premies or who have associated... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Forever: Like any scar from surgery, this scar is permanent. In some patients, this scar will elongate with advancing age, but not in everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
No: Gastroschisis has no hereditary basis. In usually occurs in first-born babies of young mothers and associated anomalies are limited to intestinal atr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly: Undescended testes, regardless of when they are surgically delivered into the scrotum, are abnormal testes and would not be expected to have "normal" ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Usually 6-12 months: In some cases where the testicle is palpable in the inguinal region but is not easily delivered into the scrotum, it can be advisable to wait 12 month... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly: An inguinal hernia usually presents with a visible or palpable bulge. Pain alone without a bulge is more likely to be from another source, such as a ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
In certain cases: In babies with duodenal atresia who have associated congenital heart disease, it is sometimes necessary to postpone the repair because of cardiac stat... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
No: Meconium plug syndrome, as opposed to meconium ileus, is not necessarily associated with cf. It can occur with hirschsprung's disease. It is usually... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Gastric perforation: The most worrisome complication of pyloromyotomy is gastric perforation. This can result when the incision made to spread the hypertrophic pyloric mu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pneumatic reduction: For young children with ileocolic intussusception, the best treatment method is pneumatic reduction. This is successful in 85% of cases. Surgical re... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Ped surgery referral: Most Nuss repairs done in patients your son's age are done by pediatric surgeons. I would recommend arranging a consult for him. The closest center ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
No: Meconium plug syndrome is caused by retention of thick meconium after birth. It presents with abdominal distension & absent stooling. It is usually... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Multiple: True toxic megacolon is a complication of crohn's disease and uc. It can be associated with any bacteria present in the colon. Antibiotics given as ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Testosterone is produced by the leydig cells in the testes. Production is controlled by hormones (gonatropin-releasing hormone, luteinizing hormone & ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pediatric surgeon: You need to see a pediatric surgeon with experience in minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum. The workup will include chest CT scan, cardiolo... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: During development, the growing intestines herniate out through the umbilicus & eventually return to the peritoneal cavity during the 1st trimester. ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: There are many prognostic factors which dictate treatment and prognosis for patients with neuroblastoma. These include histologic, biologic, and gene... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Allow fluid drainage: They prevent fluid, which has the potential to become infected, from building up behind the tympanic membrane.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Not usually: Abdominal hernias don't typically cause constipation. Hernias are more common in children with constipation because they strain more, causing the her... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Cincinnati Childrens: Cincinnati Children's Hospital is another good option.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Ped surgery referral: Have her evaluated by a pediatric surgeon. The closest center of excellence to you for this repair is CHKD in Norfolk, VA (www.chkd.org). In the mea... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Close fascial defect: Umbilical hernia repair is done with the child under anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The defect in the abdominal fascia is closed with suture,... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Pediatric surgeon: Umbilical hernias are very common and usually don't cause problems in young children. Many will resolve with age. For this reason, most surgeons wil... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Vicks vaporub applied to the affected nails 1-2 times daily is effective. Reports of the efficacy of tree oil are also available, but I have no exper... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: The open approach uses an incision on the anterior chest through which the abnormal rib cartilages are excised & the sternum is fractured into normal ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, but: While vomiting is seen with nec, there are so many other causes of vomiting in babies, that it is difficult to use this alone as an indicator. More o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Go to the nearest ER: This is a life- threatening illness that requires immediate treatment.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Pectus excavatum can recur after surgical repair. This is particularly true when the repair is done before puberty. For this reason, most repairs ar... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: When it pertains to children, projectile vomiting is a sign of gastric outlet obstruction due to pyloric stenosis. This typically occurs between 3 we... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Commonly at birth: While evidence of pectus excavatum is commonly present at birth, it can also develop in early childhood. The most significant changes in the chest wa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Less than 5%: The description of reversion of a gastroschisis is really the development of an incisional hernia at the repair site with or without evisceration of t... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Temporarily: In patients born with giant omphaloceles, typically containing the liver and a good portion of the intestines, immediate fascial closure is not an opt... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Only w/o symptoms: The are many people with pectus excavatum who have no associated physiologic symptoms. They don't require treatment. However, for those with pectus ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
It depends.: It depends upon the technique used and the severity of the deformity. Open repair with sternal osteotomy and cartilage resection will take 3-4 hours.... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
24 hours: Once the appendix is removed for acute appendicitis, the recovery is quick. There is prompt return of bowel function and diet tolerance. Most patien... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on cause: The primary symptom associated with esophageal stricture is difficulty swallowing or food getting stuck. Babies can have this an a congenital anomaly... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly: If the diagnosis of "moderate" pectus excavatum was made without imaging, get a chest x-ray or CT to quantify your Haller index. This is the ratio us... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Pediatric Surgery 34 years experience
You can do sports: You are fine to do aerobic activities and can probably improve your endurance. Indications for repair of pectus excavatum are a severe deformity (Hal... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Frantz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Frantz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1988MD
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