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Dr. Larry Lutwick

Infectious Disease
Kalamazoo, MI
49 years experience male

Locations

Office

Brooklyn, NY

Address

800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY
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Kalamazoo, MI

About

Bio

Dr. Lutwick is a 1972 graduate of State University of New York - Downstate Medical School and did his postdoctoral training at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO and Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. He spent two years as an ID physician in the US Navy and has been on the faculty of UC SanFrancisco School of Medicine, and the University of Iowa School of Medicine and has been Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate and Director of Infectious Diseases at the VA Medicial Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is now Professor of Medicine at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is authored more than 100 peered reviewed papers and about 20 book chapters and has edited two volumes of the Infectious Diseases Clinics and two books. Editor in Chief, IDCases Corresponding Editor, International Journal of Infectious Diseases Moderator, Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (promed@promedmail.org)

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Infectious Disease

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2.0K Answers
897 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Viral hepatitis: Is diagnosed by a variety of blood tests looking for evidence of the various causes of the infection. Not all causes of an inflamed liver are viral i... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Staphylococci: Are common causes of this, sometimes mrsa.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No : It does not transmit by kissing.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
In the USA: B and c were equally common prior to the use of the Meningococcal vaccine. Y third and a uncommon.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Right: Bed bugs do not live on you but come to feed. Lice, both head and body, do similarly. Head lice stay on the surface of the head whereas body lice ha... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Depends: If the infant's mom has had chickenpox or has been immunized, the infant should be protected by her antibodies.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No: A whitlow is an infection towards the end of a finger.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Sure: First off, a 2 month treatment suggests that you were being treated for 'latent' TB rather overt active infection that is usually treated for 9 months... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Maybe not: The symptoms of lupus are not specific and be caused by a variety of things.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Human papilloma....: Virus (hpv) is a virus group that for some strains can cause female cervical cancer or some male genitalia cancer but most other types of hpv are asso... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Any physician: There are vaccines for both hepatitis a and hepatitis b and indeed one that has both in it. There is no vaccine as yet for types c, d and e.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Different viruses: Both affect the gastrointestinal tract. norovirus causes mostly vomiting and rotavirus mostly diarrhea
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Immunity: You can be immune to that particular strain or have a very mild "sub clinical" infection
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It depends: On whether the individual has underlying diseases that might make the infection worse or affect mortality as well.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Various reasons: Some bacteria are resistant because they do not have the correct target for the drug to work, others are resistant because they produce an enzyme that... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No, not really: EAEC are a group of E. COLI that can cause diarrhea but generally are not invasive outside the gi tract
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Depends: The hepatitis a vaccine is quite well tolerated and side effects such as local injection site pain are treated symptomatically.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
HSV: Abreva is otc and am not at all impressed with its utility. Denavir (penciclovir) requires a prescription. Quite frankly the effect that any topical... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Legionella: Normal if never exposed is negative. If you've had legionellosis you can have persistent positive titters. Rising titters suggest recent or ongoing i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Salmonella: Usually, infections with salmonellae can be diagnosed by culture of the bacterium from the blood or stool.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
The abnormal folding: That occurs in prion diseases in animals produces clumping of these proteins forming plaques. It is likely that the deposition of such plaques damage... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Typhus vaccine: There is no available vaccine for typhus. However, typhoid (called this because it is typhus-like) can be prevented by one of several vaccines, given... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
You are likely not: At risk. Hav is not really a risk at all in the hospital since the virus is mostly gone from the stool by the time you are ill. Hbv spreads by blood... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Streptomycin: Major side effects are deafness and kidney failure.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Strep throat: Symptomatology improves within a day or so. The major reason to treat strep throats has always been to prevent rheumatic fever which is unusual now p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Spleen : If a spleen is enlarging relatively quickly from bleeding or infection, pain can occur from stretching the capsule.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It is not influenza: But rather caused by one of a number of viruses. It is transmissible from person to person.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Yes : It is curable. Essentially all cases in canada are in travelers to endemic areas.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It is safe: But wasteful. Most itchy rashes are not bacterial in origin.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Ascaris lumbricoides: Is treated with Mebendazole or albendazole.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Underlying disease?: Who exposed him since most people have had varicella or been immunized. He seems, given the meds, to have a cardiovascular disease. Let your pediatri... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Probably not: Although some studies suggest more severe smallpox in people with type a blood, others do not.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Most likely: It is either demodex, a mite, or the pubis louse but a variety of other parasites can cause issues such as cutaneous leishmaniasis.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Acute or chronic: Most everyone with acute hepatitis b will recover without issues. Those who develop chronic infection (> 6 months) can carry the virus for years, oft... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Bedbugs do NOT: Get in your system but they do bite you.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Not specifically: The risk would be from blood transfusion not from the surgery per se and all blood is screened to way minimize the risk. There is no reason not to be... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
If the TB infects: The genitals, it is possible. Most TB is active only in the lungs.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No: It can occur after years of exposure, in my experience.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Risk vs. Benefit: It depends on the drug.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Should be..: Most people seroconvert in 2-3 weeks but there are some later outliers.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Probably not...: Starving ones self will not change candidasis.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Not necessarily: Was the test negative before you were pregnant?
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Lots of causes: Some dietary, some intestinal, some colonic. Especially if you are losing weight, see a doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
If you are talking : About the h5n1 highly pathogenic influenza, it is not found in the western hemisphere. Most other avian flus do not spread to man and if they do, the... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
You could..: But as always it should be done in moderation.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Relief of pressure: On the spinal cord is most important.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
If amoxicillin had..: No effect then it is likely the any effect that penicillin had was not related to the penicillin but in spite of the penicillin.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Yes: Bcg vaccine given in childhood can prevent a fair amount of extra pulmonary TB in children. It has never been used routinely in the usa for a variety... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Indirectly: By inducing inflammation from their saliva or from secondary bacterial infection.

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HealthTap member
Nov 24, 2012
in your experience, were the cases with hiv combo test negative at 42 or 62 days and To be an positive after 42 or 62 days?in your experience, have you heard any case?
HealthTap member
Oct 28, 2016
i use to work with him in the brooklyn va , great doctor-- from dolores- still use the soup cup,,best of luck and hello
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lutwick is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Ok thanks, I will have them run those labs. My GP referred me to a Allergy & Immune Dr. I've been tested for Diabetes & HIV several times over the years & those are both negative.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have had a uti for over a year. Have had stones removed but continuies take macrobid 2xday 4 ten days wait 5 days test if positive repea
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Mebendazole or albendazole are not available to people in Oregon pharmacy's. I would bet no where in US. A doctor wrote a prescription to me and it didn't exist. Nice

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

SUNY - Downstate Medical School
Graduated 1972MD

Awards

Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, New York - Winter
2013
Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, Michigan - Summer
2013
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Michigan - Summer
2014

Affiliations

suny - downstate medical school
VA Medical Center
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