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Dr. Charles Sturgis

Pathology
Everett, WA
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Everett, WA

Address

CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories, 1321 Colby Avenue Ste. A2-300, Everett, WA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

After finishing medical school at the University of Kansas, I completed residencies in anatomic and clinical pathology at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center. I then spent an additional year in cytopathology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I am board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology. In addtion, I have focused interests in thoracic/lung pathology and medical microbiology. I have previously worked as a staff pathologist / assistant professor of pathology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. I moved to Washington State in 2007 and am happy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

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Pathology

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103 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Kidney tumor in kids: Wilms' tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, wilms' tumor is the most common kidney cancer in c... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Physical exam: Physical examination of your genital area by a healthcare provider would be a good place to start to answer the question of having possible genital wa... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No: While enlarged lymph nodes can be one symptom associated with HIV infection, enlarged lymph nodes are not "always" present in persons with "early" hiv... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: Penile "warts" are not normal and may be a sign of hpv infection. The human papillomavirus is a common genital condition (in both men and women). Hp... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Type dependent...: The symptoms of cancer depend upon the type of cancer for the individual patient. A breast cancer might present with a mass in the breast and inversi... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Old inflammation.: A granuloma is a type of inflammation. Granulomas can arise in response to some infections and to other inflammatory processes. This process is gene... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
None...: To my knowledge, there are no diseases or specific bacteria associated with urinating in public. There could be unwanted social or legal ramification... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Imaging and biopsy..: The diagnosis of lung cancer is most often made by taking a detailed history fromt he patient followed by a physical examination followed by imaging s... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Pathology lab...: When people have tissues / cells removed from their bodies, these specimens are generally sent to a pathology laboratory where lab staff, technicians,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Monkeys / Apes.: Animals are used in trying to develop vaccines for hiv/aids. It is primarily macaques that are used. Smaller experimental animals such as mice, guinea... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Variable.: There are many different genes that can cause / be related to development of malignancies in people. When you say "the cancer gene", which one do you... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No. It it not normal: What you are describing could be related to a condition / process known as anal "prolapse". It would be good to visit with a physician (starting with... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Inherited disease.: Sickle cell disease is genetic and is present at birth. It is inherited when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent. This diseas... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
All cells same size.: The red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of variation of red cell volume that is reported as part of a blood count. Usually red blood... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Large blister: Most ovarian cysts are benign and physiologic (meaning part of natural processes and not 'disease' related). A 5.3 cm cyst would be just over 2 inche... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: Generally, when someone describes lymph nodes as "reactive", they mean that the lymph node abnormality / enlargement is caused by a benign condition (... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Bladder inflammation: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic painful bladder disorder that affects approximately 1 million americans. The exact cause is not known. Symptoms a... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Itching / discharge.: Women with vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infection) usually experience genital itching, burning, and sometimes a "cottage cheese-like" vaginal disc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Possibly...: A lump behind the nipple that is associated with pain is something to be investigated and not ignored. Not every breast lump is cancer, so don't jump... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Urethritis: Urethritis is inflammation of the the urethra (straw-like hollow tube in the penis). When the hollow tube in the penis is inflammed, there may be a s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Unlikely.: It sounds as if you are asking if a hospital may have "already matched" lungs available for a lung transplant. Organs used for transplantation are ge... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Couple of ways...: Possible for an hpv test to be positive in a patient with a later test being negative. A couple of explanations: 1. Variability in sampling: if th... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Seek care...: A blood pressure of 204/105 is concerning. It would be good for you to see a physician or go to a clinic to have this evaluated. If you do not have ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: Hpv is a virus that can infect the lining of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis and mouth. It is spread by sexual transmission. Hpv infection ge... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Many: There are many types of lung-related illnesses ranging from infections of the lungs (pneumonias and bronchitis) to inflammatory conditions of the lung... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Older smokers...: Historically, men were more likely to develop lung cancer, but as more women began to smoke tobacco, the incicence of lung cancer in women has increas... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: Not all people in the U.S. (and certainly not all people in the world) who are diagnosed with HIV receive therapy. Some people opt for close observat... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: If you are questioning the possibility of acquiring an HIV infection from touching a surface (like the railing on an escalator), the answer is, 'no'. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Used similarly: The endometrium is part of the uterus. People who are not medical professionals commonly use these terms interchangeably. Endometrial cancer is a mo... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Generally no.: Hpv generally infects the cells of the skin / mucus membranes of the anogenital region (cervix, vagina, vulva, perianal skin, anus, penis, scrotum). ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Inferior vena cava: Ivc stands for inferior vena cava. The ivc is a large vein that returns blood (largely deoxygenated blood) from the lower portion of the body to the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Squamous carcinoma.: The most common type of cancer to develop in the scrotum is squamous carcinoma. This is a type of cancer that arises from the skin of the scrotum thr... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
An infection.: Hpv (human papilloma virus) is an infectious organism. It is a dna virus that is spread by human to human contact including sexual contacts. Some hi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Several ways...: Antibiotics "fight bacteria" in several different ways. Some antibiotics attack the cell wall / cell membrane of bacteria punching holes in the organ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Depends on person: Blood clots (pulmonary emboli) in the lung are most often derived from clots in the leg / pelvic veins that break free at those locations and travel t... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
PTH & calcium levels: The most common tumor of the parathyroid glands in an adenoma (benign growth). Adenomas are often associated with elevated levels of PTH (parathyroid... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Depends on people...: One way that HIV is spread from person to person is though intimate / sexual contact such as in vaginal/anal/oral sex acts. If both partners have nev... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Several types...: Ebola virus is the cause of a very serious form of hemorrhagic febrile illness that has a very high mortality rate. Ebola virus can infect several ty... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Bone pain possible: Multiple myeloma is a malignant proliferation of plasma cells. This is a serious disease that can be fatal without treatment. Some symptoms include ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Varies per person.: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific and may include: abdominal pressure / fullness / bloating, pelvic discomfort / pain, persistent indigestio... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
These are benign...: "intermediate and superficial squamous cells" are normal cells from the ectocervix (outer cervix). These cells are not premalignant or malignant. If... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
About a month...: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Possibly: If one lung is collapsed, there will be decreased breath sounds on that side when listening with a stethascope in comparison to the other side of the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
About 1/2 liter: The average adult makes about 500 ml (1/2 of a liter or 1/4 of a 2 liter bottle) of cerebrospinal fluid a day. The total volume at any given time is ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Bronchitis?: One explanation for crackling and wheezing sounds on exhalation is inflammation / infection of the breathing tubes (bronchi). This is called bronchit... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
No.: "bilateral renal cysts" means that both kidneys (right and left) contain cysts. While some kidney cancers may be cystic, most renal cysts are benign.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Yes.: This is an appropriate therapy. It contains clotrimazole, an antifungal medication.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Pediatric oncologist: Physicians who specialize in cancer care for children are pediatric oncologists. These doctors have generally done medical school plus a three year p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Several diseases...: The genus bacillus includes several gram positive spore forming bacterial types. These can cause many forms of infections including but not necessari... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 31 years experience
Fatigue: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Sturgis has the rare gift of being a talented pathologist who contributes a lot to basic science literature in pathology while also being able to answer clinical medical questions in a succinct ye...Read More
Jul 19, 2013
Very timely and accurate responses.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Sturgis was one of the most kind, informative, patient doctors I have ever met with. He made absolute sure that I understood everything he explained, gave me enough time to ask all my questions, ...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you for taking the time to answer questions from your patients the best doctors I have ever had were the ones that took time to talk and most importantly listen to what was being said.
HealthTap member
Recently my boyfriend has experienced redness, soreness and cuts on his penis and I kindof feel a little funny in my vagina.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! Your reply is appreciated!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center

Awards

Bayer Recognition Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology, Department of Pathology Northwestern University
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2012
Top Doctor, First Place, Everett, WA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
College of American Pathologists
American Society for Clinical Pathology
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