Dr. Mark Patterson

Pediatrics
Roanoke, VA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Roanoke, VA

Address

Carilion Pediatric Associates, 4040 Postal Drive, Roanoke, VA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Patterson has practiced general pediatrics since 1992 and is currently associated with the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College in New York and did his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia. In addition to general pediatrics, he has a special interest in narcolepsy and cataplexy. He also teaches third-year medical students and pediatric residents. He is board certified in pediatrics. Prior to the practice of medicine, he obtained his PhD in biochemistry from MIT and worked in industry for several years. He is married and has one grown daughter.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

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221 Answers
206 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
May be viral: Fever is the body's response to being sick. Fever activates the immune system and helps the body fight off an infection. Both viral and bacterial infe... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Possibly: Cough is the body's effort to clear material out of the airway. If the formula is coming out of the bottle too fast, some of it may be trying to go do... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: Fifth disease is a common childhood illness caused by parvovirus b19. It usually causes red or slapped-looking cheeks, followed by a lacy, pink rash o... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Several answers: No, a spinal tap is not necessary to diagnose narcolepsy. The amount of hypocretin (or orexin) is low or absent in the spinal fluid of patients with n... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Primary care doctor: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection. It can be evaluated and treated by your primary care doctor.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
It depends: While it is generally recommended to get a tetanus shot every 10 years in order to maintain immunity, if you get a dirty cut or wound and it has been ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Would get some rest: The 'stomach flu' is typically a viral infection which causes vomiting for a day, followed by diarrhea for several days. It generally resolves on its ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Unlikely: Screenings which occur in the newborn period include a hearing test, a metabolic blood screen, a screen for jaundice, and occasionally an oxygen level... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Not usually: Fever is the body's response to an illness, leading to activation of the immune system. Vaccinations are designed to teach the immune system how to fi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Causes jaundice: Bilirubin is a breakdown product of heme (found in red blood cells) metabolism. It consists of both direct (water soluble) and indirect (water insolub... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Possibly: The development of the vision center of a child's brain depends on input from the eyes. If a child has a 'lazy eye', it means that one of them is not ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Possible: While specific allergies do not run in families, a tendency to allergies can. Since your daughter's father has allergies, there is an increased chance... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Anti-itch cream: Sunburn is caused by sun damage to the skin. The itching is part of the inflammatory response to that damage. You can use aloe-containing products, mu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Post-nasal drip: Post-nasal drip is a common reason for feeling like there is something in your throat, leading to repeated clearing of the throat. Cough is the body's... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
15 minutes: I'm sure it depends somewhat on the brand of the test, but the one we use in our office uses a nasal swab specimen, takes 15 minutes to run, and has a... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Possibly: As you may know, cataplexy is a brief spell of loss of muscle tone, ranging from a shaky chin to completely falling down. It is associated with narcol... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Possible: While specific allergies do not run in families, a tendency to allergies can. Since your mom has allergies, there is an increased chance that you may ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
See the doctor: The wheezing noise babies make can come from the upper airway tract (nose, back of throat) or from the lower airway tract (lungs). In a small child, i... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Unusual: It would be unusual for a baby to have peanut allergies. Babies should not consume peanuts, or other nuts, until at least a year of age. Allergies are... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Needs to be seen: Blood in the stool can be due to several reasons, but associated with vomiting is worrisome. I would suggest that he be seen by his doctor as soon as ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: People with narcolepsy do have disrupted sleep, but it is not the same as insomnia. With insomnia, people have a hard time transitioning from wake to ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Moisturizer: To help with dry skin, bathe your baby with a mild soap, then apply a fragrance-free moisturizer while they are still damp. This helps to trap the moi... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
It depends: Rash is merely the skin's response to something irritating it. It can range from subtle to life-threatening. As such, there is no one simple treatment... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
May be yeast: Yeast infections of the skin (tinea coporis, ring worm) commonly appear as circular lesions, often in moist areas of the body. They slowly grow over t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Many places: Strep is a bacterial infection, most commonly affecting the throat. It can be diagnosed quickly with a throat swab. Most primary care doctor offices o... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Problems untreated: Strep throat is a bacterial infection. It can easily be diagnosed with a rapid test and treated with antibiotics. Untreated, the symptoms can last 4-7... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
It depends: Steroids are used to reduce inflammation. In babies with croup, Prednisolone (a liquid form of prednisone) or Dexamethasone are often used to reduce s... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
For specialized care: The nicu (newborn intensive care unit) is a specialized area in the hospital where newborns with medical needs are cared for. Babies born too early, t... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Shingles?: Shingles is a reemergence of the chicken pox virus. It usually causes a painful localized blistery rash. If the rash is bothersome and not going away,... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Several: Narcolepsy is a chronic medical condition caused by the loss of a chemical in the brain (orexin/hypocretin). The symptoms include excessive daytime sl... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Waste of money: Anyone can eat baby food, but i would have to ask 'why?'. Baby food overall is wholesome, but bland, as most do not have seasonings. They are also pur... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
It depends: Fever is one of the body's way to fight off infection. Strep throat is a bacterial infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics. Generally, fev... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Around 6 months: Most babies will get their first tooth, usually a front, lower one, around 6 months of age. They will then usually get about one a month until the fro... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Petechiae: It sounds like they may be something called petechiae. They are very small bruises, caused by a trauma such as hard coughing or vomiting. In this case... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
See below: The rotavirus vaccine is given to protect against the development of gastroenteritis caused by the virus. It is a live, attenuated vaccine. There is a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No complications: Mongolian spots are bluish markings on the skin, normally on the lower back, often noted in the newborn period. Mongolian spots are common among darke... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Why do you ask?: There is a wide range of dosing for amoxicillin, depending on the infection being treated. In pediatrics, the dose can range from 20 mg/kg to 90 mg/k... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Places w/o people: If there are humans around, then norovirus infections are possible. It is a highly contagious illness causing vomiting and diarrhea. Good hygiene is e... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Symptomatic care: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral infection, usually occurring in childhood. Since it is a viral infection, there is no specific treatmen... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Physical exam: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood. It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. H... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
None valid: In my opinion, vaccines are second only to clean water in being responsible for the improvement of the health of people worldwide. The anti-vaccine mo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Age 4-6 years: The first vaccine for varicella is given at 12 months of age. A booster is given at ages 4-6, prior to kindergarten entry.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Needs to be seen NOW: Babies the age of your daughter do not have a lot of reserve when it comes to illnesses. As a result, their condition can deteriorate quickly when ill... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Primary care doctor: A child with a fever, sore throat, and abdominal pain makes one think that they may have strep throat. Most primary care doctors can do a rapid strep ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Duricef (cefadroxil) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria such as skin, throat, and urinary tract infecti... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Other way around: Actually, narcolepsy is caused by the death of brain cells, not the other way around. Some cells in the hypothalamus produce a chemical called orexin ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
During office hours: Fever, usually defined as a temperature above 100.4 f or 38 c, is usually the body's response to an infection. A 4 month old can be sick but have few ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Death probably: Bath salts are becoming a major health issue here in the us. They contain unidentified substances which, when smoked, seem to cause psychotic behavior... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Many illnesses can: Whenever you are sick, your body mounts a response to fight off that infection. Some of the chemicals released by your own body and those released by ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Moisturizer: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. It it characterized by rough bumps on the skin, usually on the outer surfaces of ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Patterson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Patterson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, yes a few blisters finally appeared.and he was diagnosed. Interesting side note, this all started with swollen looking testbeds, then fever, then sores, then blisters over 5 days
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thank you. We are going to see if it comes back again. We did take a round of oral antibiotics last fall for this. After that, the strep test came back negative.
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Thank you very much Dr, seizures have been only under fever qhen he was 2 years old and twice in december 2012. We'll check with neurologist

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albany Medical College, NY
Graduated 1989MD

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Roanoke Region, VA - Summer
2013
Top Pediatrician, First Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Carilion roanoke memorial hospital
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