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Dr. Mark Patterson

Pediatrics
Roanoke, VA
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Roanoke, VA

Address

Carilion Pediatric Associates, 4040 Postal Drive, Roanoke, VA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 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.

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Pediatrics

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221 Answers
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Variable: Keratosis pilaris is a common chronic condition related to dry skin. It may get somewhat better with age, but it is impossible to predict who may show... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Absolutely: Tooth decay is a significant problem resulting from the prolonged use of a bottle. Allowing the bottle contents (milk, formula, or juice) to remain in... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Possibly: There is a genetic connection with narcolepsy, meaning it can run in families. However, having the genetic risk alone is not sufficient to cause the c... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several reasons: The color of baby's stools can range from green to yellow to brown. The color usually depends on how fast the stool moves through the intestines or it... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes for Some People: Most patients with narcolepsy with cataplexy have a genetic marker called hla dqb1*0602. However, many people without narcolepsy also this same marker... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Absolutely!: In my opinion, vaccines are second only to clean water in improving the overall quality of life worldwide. Vaccines act to strengthen your baby's immu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Common in newborns: 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
It depends: A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap is a method for obtaining a sample of cerebral spinal fluid (csf). CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Thrush: It sounds like your baby may have a condition called thrush. It is a yeast infection in the mouth, commonly occurring up to age 6 months. When on the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Breast buds form as the result of exposure of the breast tissue to estrogen. This typically happens at the onset of puberty. The breast buds can be te... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Most go up: An elevated temperature, such as seen with a fever, causes your metabolic rate to increase. This increase can lead to a faster resting heart and respi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Vitamin k is a fat-soluble vitamin used by the body to help with blood clotting. Spinach is rich in vitamin k, with a cup of raw spinach containing ab... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Absolutely!: Ideally, breast milk is the preferred nutrition for babies. Studies have found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for at least four months had... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
To save their life: Prior to vaccinations, thousands of children died each year from infections. Vaccines were developed to enable children (and adults) to develop protec... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Saline spray: Not too many products have been shown to be effective in treating nasal congestion in a 2 year old. Generally, the best strategy is to physically remo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Nap, frequent breaks: Narcolepsy is a chronic condition caused by the loss of cells in the brain which produce a chemical, orexin, which keeps you awake. Excessive daytime ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Hypothalamus: Narcolepsy is a chronic condition leading to excessive daytime sleepiness, among other symptoms. In most patients it is caused by the destruction (th... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Which vaccine?: The only one that i can think of recently was the smallpox vaccine. This was a common vaccine prior to 1972, but routine use was stopped at that time ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually not long: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection. If only a small area is involved, topical antibiotic cream or ointment usually works. Larger areas may need ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Develops later: Narcolepsy is a chronic condition which causes excessive daytime sleepiness and other symptoms. Most people who develop it are born with a genetic mar... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Probably not: Inadequate sleep can cause lots of symptoms: fatigue, irritability, headaches, memory and attention problems, increased accidents, etc. The symptoms r... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on the age: Bedwetting is rather common in childhood; about 20% of 5 year olds still wet at night. Often there is a strong family history. For age 6 and under, re... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Keep covered: The main risk of popped blisters associated with burns is the risk of infection. It is important to keep the area clean, covered with an antibiotic cr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Many: In the first 12 months of live, babies get vaccines to protect them from: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis b, streptococcus pneumoniae, rotov... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Needs to see doctor: Fever is an indication that she is sick. At 7 months of age, she will probably not give you many clues as to what is wrong. It is important that she b... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Call the doctor: An antibiotic is given to treat a bacterial infection. If your child is not taking the medication, then you need to check with the pediatrician to see... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Zero time: A tan is the body's response to exposure to damaging uv rays. People think a tan looks healthy, but in reality it shows that the skin has been damaged... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: You are talking about 2 completely different diseases. Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is a respiratory virus which can cause bronchiolitis in babie... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
7-12 days: The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is typically given at 12 months of age and prior to kindergarten entry. About 5% of recipients may have a mild... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
See below: There are several sites available, from very general to very technical. Here is a site that may be helpful to you: http://www.Babycenter.Com/fetal-dev... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: In children, a fever (temperature above 100.4 f or 38 c) is usually an indication of an illness. Many doctors believe that fever is one of the ways th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Possible causes: Headaches are very common in all ages. If it is associated with fever, vomiting, sore throat, confusion, or due to trauma, she needs to see her pediat... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several brands: Sunblock is important for people of all ages to avoid skin damage. Ones that contain the physical barriers zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide do not b... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
We do: Breast milk is the best nutrition for your newborn and infant. That is the sole reason women are able to produce milk. While breast milk does contain ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends: The need to close a laceration depends on the size, depth, and location of the cut. The purpose of sutures (stitches), staples, or glue is to pull th... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: While some people with narcolepsy can have a problem being overweight, they should not have much more problem losing weight compared to those without ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Generally no: A tendency to have allergies can be passed along in families. However, a specific allergy, such as to penicillin, does not. To become allergic to a su... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Normally, air at the same pressure is present on both sides of the ear drum. With an inner ear infection, the space behind the ear drum is closed off ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Around 18-21 years: Pediatricians are physicians who provide medical care to babies and children. Many pediatrician take care of patients until the 18 to 21 year old rang... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
On side: The easiest position to put a suppository into a child is to have them lie on their side with their knees drawn up towards their chest. Touch the supp... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Stool sample: The best way to check for tapeworms is to have a lab inspect a stool sample. Check with your child's doctor regarding how to go about submitting a sam... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Possible: Plant leaves contain chemicals that can lead to an allergic reaction. Additionally, food crops may be sprayed with materials which can also lead to ra... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Neither actually: If you are talking about a group a strep infection, such as strep throat, an antibiotic in the penicillin family (penicillin, amoxicillin, etc.) is th... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Possibly: Mild jaundice is very common in newborns, especially breast-fed babies. Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a breakdown product of hemoglobin. If the bil... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Genetic link: Narcolepsy is a chronic medical condition which leads to excessive daytime sleepiness in addition to other symptoms. There is a blood test which looks... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
On the web: A great source of information for infectious diseases is www.Cdc.Gov. Go to their site and look under immunization schedules. They have the recommende... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Generally yes: Most common formulas are based on cow milk protein. Occasionally, newborns may have a problem handling the protein or the lactose in these formulas. M... Read More
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Look elsewhere: This is a site for medical questions to be answered by physicians. If you want travel and tourist information, check a site carrying that type of info... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Stay healthy: Hopefully you will not catch the norovirus while on a cruise ship. It is a very contagious disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes leadin... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several reasons: Rashes from being outside can be due to several reasons. This spring has been so warm that, depending on where you live, poison ivy and poison oak are... 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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