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Dr. David Lipkin

Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
53 years experience male

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Hello. Im Dr. Lipkin and it would be my pleasure to meet with you and help you with your medical concerns. My goal is to help you feel better if you are ill, and also to provide you with the information you need to stay well and make the best medical decisions for your health. I grew up in New York and received my BA cum laude from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York and my MD from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington D.C., where I was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. My Internship was done at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia and my Internal Medicine Residency was completed at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine. When I’m not online helping patients, or reading the latest Medical Journals, you can find me spending time with my family, raising Koi fish and enjoying nature.

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Internal Medicine

General Practice

Holistic Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Pennsylvania

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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Various causes: Your symptoms suggest muscle strain of the abdominal wall muscles, or perhaps a hernia. Have you been doing any unusual lifting or other exertion that... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See below: There are a number of reasons for spotting or abnormal bleeding or menstruation. Most of the causes are NOT due to any serious condition such as cance... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See below: If it hurts only with a very deep breath, and also hurts stretching to either side with right arm extended above your head, or with twisting at the wa... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: Ibuprofen and tamsulosin can be safely taken together. But I'm not sure why you are taking ibuprofen? Not certain if you are referring to pain from a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Not likely: Likely no serious concern as gummy bears don't contain iron, an overdose of which is the leading cause of poisoning related injury and death in child... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Call your physician: If a HPT is negative 7-12 days after missed period likely not pregnant. This would usually eliminate an ectopic(tubal)pregnancy or miscarriage as the ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Not usually: Keppra (levetiracetam) can lower the white blood cell count uncommonly in adults but in up to 2% of children(usually mildly and not requiring disconti... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Unrelated: Your symptoms are most probably due to two different problems. Swelling of an extremity is often due to fluid retention(edema). Intermittent swelling ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
?: There are many possible causes for your symptoms and there is no way to tell from the limited information available if your symptoms are related and d... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
NO: Antacids like Tums containing calcium carbonate will significantly reduce the absorption of ciprofloxacin. Omeprazole will also reduce the level or ef... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Need more info: Not enough information to give any meaningful advice. Would need to discuss past history and history of current complaint and focused questions design... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Many things: Itching (pruritus) can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or hives. It can also be due to infections such as scabies or lice. Internal, non-s... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See below: Heroin and other opiates can have disastrous effects on the fetus and the health of the mother when used during pregnancy. The same is true for cocain... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
?: Not quite sure if you are describing a muscle twitch and/or a visual distortion when looking to the right. Twitching of the eyelids is most often a st... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: A low white blood cell count(leukopenia) may or may not be significant. People of African ancestry can normally have a reduced WBC. A diet deficient ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes.: Like all fats, olive oil is calorie dense and contains 120 calories in one tablespoon. Two tablespoons (one ounce) contains 240 calories. So using exc... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: Not unusual. It represent older blood that wasn't eliminated from the uterus quickly.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Depends on the cause: The term means a disease process affecting the entire liver. The ability to heal liver disease depends on the specific cause in a given patient and th... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Since there are so many causes for abdominal pain it's not possible to give specific advise based on limited information. The following information on... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Difficulty falling asleep is often due to anxiety, while trouble mainly with early awakening is due to depression. Go to my CHECKLIST: Overcoming Anxi... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
No: No, because patients with meningitis will have at least two of the following: fever 101F or more, significant headache, stiff neck and change in menta... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Not a problem: What your seeing is likely a component of the normal mucus secretions accompanying a bowel movement.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Unlikely: Clear oil floating on the surface is not part of the description fat malabsorption. It may be mucus which is normal with a bowel movement. With signif... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
No. See your Doctor: Menstruation usually lasts 5 days. Abnormal or prolonged vaginal bleeding can be due to diseases of the reproductive tract(such as uterine fibroids, c... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See your physician: This Q & A box is not designed for diagnosis, which isn't possible with such limited information. Best advice is to see your physician if you are ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
May be normal: Moving your bowels 5-6 times a day is more than average but not necessarily an sign of illness. If you are feeling healthy and this has been a normal ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: The most common cause of a swelling in the side of the neck is an enlarged lymph node, due to a recent infection in the the throat or else where, In t... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Serum creatinine is an indirect measure of kidney function. A level of 1.69 WOULD indicate CKD with reduced kidney function. However certain factors m... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Consultation advised: Sorry for your problem. Would like to help but need to see area.An online INBOX TEXT consultation at Health Tap may be helpful. You can upload images ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Some of the causes of painful sex(dyspareunia) include vaginismus, vaginitis, cervicitis,endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PID, ovarian cyst, Herpes, g... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: There are several possible explanations for why CTS symptoms are worse at night. Various positions during sleep will cause the wrist to be bent, which... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Generally, if a 28 year old person noted a spec of blood in phlegm after several coughs and had no other symptoms it's likely due to some superficial ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: Exposure to asbestos for just a few days has caused mesothelioma . If you were working in an area with asbestos dust and you were not wearing a specia... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
No, but re ck anyway: Home Pregnancy Tests are very reliable and a negative test at 14 days overdue is good evidence you are not pregnant. Recheck the test now just to be s... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: Ashwagandha has been shown in many studies to reverse hypothyroidism in mice. It's likely that some Ayurvedic and herbalist practitioners are prescrib... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes.: The stomach will normally empty solid foods within 4 hours and liquids within 2.5 hours on average.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
A number of reasons:: Very slight bleeding could be implantation bleeding, but less likely given the timing. Your cycle is under delicate hormonal control and hormonal fluc... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Uncertain: Probiotics may or may not help with "gas". I assume you are referring to passing gas per rectum(flatus). Scientists are just starting to understand t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: There is no medical condition that would cause swelling of only the right arm and and leg. Nor is there any common condition that would cause swellin... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
No: You are not hypothyroid. The earliest sign of future potential hypothyroidism would be elevation of TSH. Your labs are normal.*Be aware that since th... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Go to ER now: Go to the ER. You may be having acute cholecystitis. This is inflammation of the gall bladder, usually associated with gall stone disease.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Sebaceous glands: Fordyce spots are visible sebaceous(sweat)glands that are a normal variant. They appear as rice sized tiny papules raised above the surface of the ski... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: In a study of 148 healthy subjects and 700 temperature readings, oral temperature ranged from 96.(35.6°C )to 100.8F(38.2°C) with a mean of 98.2 +/- 0.... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
See answer: The following site has very helpful information on constipation in pregnancy: http://bit.ly/24KU1Ts and you can visit My Checklist "Treating Constipat... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
No: It will lower gastric acid levels but not so much as to impair digestion. Long term use can occasionally cause Vitamin B12 deficiency.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
For diagnosis see>Dr: Some of the possible causes include lumbar radiculopathy, arthritis of the hip and trochanteric bursitis. Tenderness on pressing deeply on the side o... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Vasovagal reflex: Dizziness, and even fainting, with moving the bowels is due to a reflex of the involuntary(autonomic) nervous system called the Vasovagal reflex. This... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Muscle strain?: It's not possible to give you a precise diagnosis without examining you, but if your only having pain with the above activities, it suggests a musculo... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Need exam: There are a number of causes for a lump on the toe. Without examining the toe it's impossible to give advice. For this type of complaint you need to s... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Need an exam: This is the first time I have come across such a description of sputum. Uncertain what to make of it. But if you have had this cough for 3-4 weeks it'... Read More
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Dr. Lipkin is an experienced clinician who is dedicated to the care of his patients at all times. His large following is a testimonial for his integrity and the depth of his knowledge and experience. ...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 28, 2014
I highly endorse Dr. David Lipkin as an expert consultant on both HealthTap and HealthTap Prime. His commentaries are insightful , astute and educational for both patients and physicians alike. He is...Read More
Dr. Lipkin is an extremely reputable, master clinician. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help with a complex medical issue. He has years of experience and is a trusted physician. I would...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks doc! I noticed a temporary relief after taking ibuprofen & Tamsulosin. Another Dr suggested Tamsulosin a muscle relaxant to help pass kidney stones for bladder s...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! thank you, so even though its oil, i will be fine/ can recover from it if i do get lipoid pneumonia?Thought since it was a oil, it would cause problems that would be ha...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I can't get any doctor to give me ANY answers at all regarding my NAFLD. It's shameful! All information I've been blessed to learn has come from visiting various Interne...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Howard University College of Medicine, DC
Graduated 1969MD

Residency

Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha- Medical Honor Society
Top General Internist, First Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, Philadelphia Region - Fall
2014
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