Dr. Peter Sadow

Pathology
Boston, MA
19 years experience male

About

Bio

Associate Director of Head and Neck Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. I am an endocrine pathologist with additional practice of head and neck, genitourinary and gyn pathology.

Specialties
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Pathology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

189 Answers
30 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Vulva: Vulvar cancers may present with pain, itching, discoloration, ulceration, change in color or texture, and other ways. These changes are quite common ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Endocrine function: Birth control pills function by introducing hormones affecting pituitary-ovarian-endometrial function. Stopping the hormone requires this axis to rea... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Yes: A technologist can become a pathologist if he/she goes to medical school, gets a medical degree, passes the medical boards and then does a pathology r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Yes: It depends upon the nature of the tumor and its location within the brain, but yes, some brain tumors can be completely removed.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Normal: You have just had urethral instrumentation. Some blood and penile (urethral) irritation is normal. Blood-tinged urine is normal but not frank blood.... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
No: Thyroid cancer is fairly common, the most common endocrine malignancy, and therefore, it can be seen in the setting of thyroid dysfunction (most commo... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Smooth muscle: The medical term is leiomyoma, a smooth muscle tumor (usually, the wall of the uterus).
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Not likely: Although thyroid cancer is a common malignancy, it is generally not accompanied by changes associated with thyroid function. However, it sounds like ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
PSA: Psa, prostate-specific antigen, is an enzyme made by the prostate, and it may be elevated from inflammation of the prostate, enlargement of the prosta... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
T1: T1 bladder cancer, invasive of the lamina propria, is generally easily treated. It would, in most cases, be malpractice not to treat it, and therefor... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Thyroid: You should duscuss this problem with your doctor. This can be caused by a number of things, and it's possible that you just have a large thyroid, as ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
It depends: You have nothing to fear regarding the slight exposure to smokeless tobacco in the saliva on the food or beverage lid/can/straw. However, if germs ar... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Many reasons: Some blood tests require that you do them several times to get an idea of how your body is responding to certain internal or external cues (disease, e... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Prevention: Keep your feet dry and well-ventilated. If showering at the gym, wear flip flops in the shower , and stand on a towel while dressing. Warts are unli... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Should not: Odd question, as urine cups typically have a wide mouth, and you shouldn't have had any angling issues. However, straining to make a stream should no... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Maybe all done.: You had a total thyroidectomy for a microcarcinoma. Depending upon what the pathology showed, you are done. You can be followed by an endocrinologis... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Possibilities : It may be a bruise or a result of an injury (bite fibroma), but best to have it checked by your primary care doctor, who may refer you to an oral surg... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Possibly: Certainly, a cardiologist's office can help facilitate testing. Coverage for testing is variable and you would need to consult your insurer.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Work up: Hopefully, you have been referred to an endocrinologist to discuss these laboratory results. Single values in a vacuum often do not tell the whole st... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Common: A very common skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas are generally indolent carcinomas that can be locally aggressive, so they need to come out, but they ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Another opinion A+!: Your body is your own, and you make your own decisions. The treatment approach depends on many factors, including the extent and type of your tumor. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Urethritis: You are having symptoms of urethritis, which is inflammation of the urethra, the tube that connects the bladder to the outside world. There are many ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Sometimes: Patients with cystitis often have variable amounts of blood in the urine (hematuria).
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Yes: It is a benign tumor (not malignant) of cartilage with bone formation, but it is a tumor. Anytime you see a diagnosis that ends in "oma", it is a tum... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Not necessarily: However, a polyp in the renal pelvis may be cancer, and this can be evaluated under the microscope by a pathologist following biopsy to determine the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Discussion: You should talk to your doctor about why you had a change in medicine and what problem occurred. It would seem likely that there was a reason to chan... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Exam: The first step is a clinical history of your symptoms and a physical exam by a health care provider. If it seems appropriate, imaging may be done. H... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Unclear: From what you describe, things are very unclear. If your severe abdominal pain comes and goes with your menstrual cycle, it is likely endometriosis. ... Read More
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A 81-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Monitoring: It is important for you to be monitored for residual/recurrent disease. Since you had a total thyroidectomy, your endocrinologist can do blood tests ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
See your doctor: Unlikely, at 25, for you to have colon cancer. Many pregnant women develop hemorrhoids. However, this is easy to check. Visit with your doctor who ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Unclear: You should schedule an appointment with your obstetrician for follow up, as "bumps" can be caused by a number of different things, and the answer depe... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Report: Basal cell carcinoma of the skin is usually very local, meaning it doesn't often spread, even though it can recur. If the tumor is present at the tis... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Sometimes: The vocal cord is part of the larynx, and if the disease is very limited to a single vocal cord (of two), a smaller surgery can sometimes be performed... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor arising from the lining of the lung or peritoneum. Because the tumor often occupies a broader area that can easil... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Fibroid tumor: Fibroid tumors are quite common. They are benign smooth muscle tumors arising in the uterine wall of reproductive-age women and can result in irregul... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system i... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Capsule: Fibroids are uterine smooth muscle tumors (leiomyomas), and are round tumors without a capsule. Thyroid tumors can be encapsulated. Neither has anyt... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Maybe: It seems as though you've had quite a few tests ordered. Whether or not you're done will likely depend on the reason why they were ordered along with... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Re-test: Your level of TSH is borderline, and your doctor may want to see persistent elevation. However, since you're symptomatic, additional thyroid tests, i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Hearing test: These tests are performed by audioligists, and you can often get same day appointments. You could google an audiologist near you. You will see the r... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Throat cancer: Most throat cancers are generally related to smoking and not hereditary, unless the family members are genetically predisposed to smoking. Outside of... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Tobacco: Tobacco contains nicotine, which provides pleasure, and the remaining additives preserve the nicotine and facilitate its entry into the bloodstream. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancers span a wide range of sites and cancer types with several causes. Depending on the site and type of cancer, many people are cure... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Oral fungus: Fungus can live in warm dark places. Your mouth is one of them, and this is often normal. Sometimes, for various reasons, you can get a fungal infe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
T4 and cancer: Thyroid cancer is entirely independent of thyroid function. High T4 is unrelated to cancer. In patients with thyroid cancer who have had thyroidecto... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Gluten-free: A gluten free diet in a person with antibodies will lower circulating levels of antibodies in response to this change in diet. This will result in re... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
No: Moles don't generally change color overnight, although you may not have noticed before. You should see a dermatologist at your nearest convenience, o... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Many: The head is a complex place. If you have headaches, face pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rapid onset stuffiness, nose bleeds, eye pain, etc, call ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Lab values: Laboratory values have a range of normal. You may have values on the upper limit of the normal range but show symptoms of hyperthyroidism. If your s... Read More
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Testimonials
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Sep 27, 2012
A great physician & educator
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Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Sadow stresses the importance of identifying & correcting a root cause of the problems. Too sad it's hard to find a local doctor who has his insights, who is willing to take extra steps to dig dee...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sadow is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks! I have an appt in morn. I'm a Postal carrier, so I do a lot of repetitive work & heavy lifting. I'm afraid I went back too soon
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Thanks for your quick reply! I'm concerned about genetic discrimination by insurance companies should result come out pos.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I discovered a dent on the rt side of my skull... Got longer . No fall

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL

Awards

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Top Pathologist, First Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2013
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