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Dr. Marilda Chung

Pathology
CA
37 years experience

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Specialties
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Pathology

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

76 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Pathologist: A Pathologist is an M.D. So you would have to have all the pre-med requirements, go to medical school, and complete a residency in pathology. Medica... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Insignificant find: Tubal metaplasia is an insignificant finding in endometrial tissue. Often it is not even mentioned because it is common. It has no association with ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Not routine: A special stain for amyloid is not routine for thyroid. However, amyloid can be seen on routine slides, so if there is a fair amount of it, pathologis... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Black skin spots: Without a picture, it is hard to say. These could be many things, including benign nevus, seborrheic keratosis, or solar lentigos (due to sun exposur... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Endometrial biopsy: when the endometrial sample was sent to the pathologist, there was no uterine lining tissue there. Perhaps it was just mucous or blood. This lack of ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Many things possible: Unlikely to be a hernia if lump is hard, and this isn't a common location for hernia unless you've had surgery in the area. However, that does not me... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Cyst: It depends on how much papillary proliferation there is in the cyst. Sometimes this is a lot, and if the cyst ruptures, the surgeon could see it. Bu... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Histology/Pathology: Pathology is just the histology of disease. That is: Histology is a more general term, meaning the microscopic examination of tissue (normal or not)... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Cervical bx: High grade changes (CIN 3) often occurs in a background of lower grade changes (CIN 1 and 2). They go together. So it is possible that the area of CI... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Endometrium: The endometrium is the lining inside the uterus. So endometrial pathology refers to any abnormality involving this lining. Examples include endometrit... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Prostate biopsy: The turnaround time to get results from a biopsy depends on where your doctor is sending the tissue to be reviewed. Most biopsies take 2-3 days to be... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Retained products: yes, you can have retained products remain in the uterus for quite awhile, and be asymptomatic. usually that is if there isn't much retained tissue. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
3 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm: In a younger woman, about 3 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm. Smaller with age, of course, and by age 70 or so, more like 1.5x1x1 cm or less (Not a scientific answer,... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Trophoblastic cells: A thorough D&C should give enough tissue for the pathologist to examine for GTD. Trophoblastic cells are present in normal implantation sites of... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Maybe: In early pregnancy you cannot see embryo tissue. Unlikely it's umbilical cord but could be placental tissue (decidua/chorionic villi) which means the ... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Blood film: A blood film refers to a slide made of a sample of the blood. It is also called a peripheral blood smear. By looking at the blood under the microscop... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Glial cells usually: There are many different types of brain tumors that arise from different cell types. The glial cells include astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. malign... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Different cell type: SCCa is squamous cell carcinoma. This tumor arises from squamous epithelium which can normally be found in many places including the skin, esophagus, ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Thyroid nodules: Not all thyroid nodules are cancer. In fact, most nodules found in the thyroid are not cancer, they are either hyperplastic nodules (goiter) or benig... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Endometrial dx: Endometrial hyperplasia is not "sudden," it is a progressive thickening of the lining of the uterus due to estrogen effect. Early phases are called "... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Erythroid hyperplasi: Erythroid hyperplasia is an excess of red blood cell precursors in the bone marrow. This is can be due to benign/reactive or neoplastic processes. Po... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Exercise and LDL: exercise right before a blood draw might increase HDL (the good cholesterol), but it has not been show to increase LDL (the bad cholesterol). Longter... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Pap result: Please always call your doctor back when they want to speak with you. It might be something relatively minor that he/she just wants you to be aware o... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Not necessarily: Once cancer has developed, H. pylori is sometimes but not always identified. In the process leading to cancer, H. pylori can cause the stomach lining... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Pathologist: A Pathologist is an M.D. So you need to take all the pre-med requirements, apply and go to medical school. After that, you apply and finish a reside... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Chronic injury: Ulcerative colitis is distinguished from acute colitis by evidence of both acute and chronic mucosal injury. In early stages the chronic changes are ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Not in lymph nodes: In general, the 'N' of a tumor staging report refers to involvement of lymph nodes, and anything that isn't 'N-0 (zero)' usually means there are lymph... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Gastric metaplasia: Gastric metaplasia can be caused by H. pylori but other risks for metaplasia include alcohol, bile reflux, etc. The risk of gastric adenocarcinoma wi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Staging / treatment: Lymph node removal might be part of surgical management, for instance in head/neck cancers. But examination of lymph nodes is also important for stag... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Melanoma/bruise: Melanoma can appear anywhere. The color is usually dark brown/black and irregular. Melanomas can be flat or a bump but don't usually have a bruise ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Myocardial biopsies: Myocardial biopsies can be used to diagnose a number of things microscopically, including transplant rejection (in patients with heart transplant), i... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Common nonspecific: a completely normal stomach biopsy is supposed to show essentially no inflammation. However, it is extremely common to see very mild degrees of chro... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Diseases of chest: The thorax refers to the chest cavity - basically everything inside your rib cage. This includes your lungs, heart, mediastinal structures such as lym... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Hemolysis: Yes, hemolysis refers to the breakdown of red cells in the blood.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Moles: Only things that are obviously benign should be burned off (a skin tag, for instance). But "moles" are usually pigmented (dark colored) and anything ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Pathology: Pathology is the study of disease - pathologists perform testing to diagnose disease. For instance, If there is a breast mass, a biopsy is done by th... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Not at all: There are numerous types of brain tumors, and some are benign, others are malignant. You need to know exactly what kind of tumor it is to assess like... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Extends in: CIN3 is high grade dysplasia of the squamous mucosa of the 'outer' part of the cervix (ectocervix). The inner part of the cervix (endocervix) is lined... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Pathology report: A pathology report should only state as much information as the pathologist is truly certain of. After all, this will be the basis of treatment. Ther... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Sella Turcica tumors: The optic nerve chiasm crosses over the area at the base of the skull called the sella turcica (or pituitary fossa). Tumors arising from this area ca... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Not definitively: Physical exam or Imaging studies like MRI and CT scans in some cases might give a very level of suspicion for cancer. However, the only way to be 100%... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Exam/biopsy: If uterine lining is abnormally thick, hysteroscopic exam can be performed where your MD looks into the uterus and the abnormal tissue is sampled. I... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Yes: Protoplasmic astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma are both malignancies (cancers) arising from the brain tissue. Astrocytomas arise from the astrocytes i... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Atypical cells: Generally, yes. "Atypical cells" means the pathologist who saw the slide saw something abnormal, but the slide wasn't completely diagnostic. Theref... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Likely atrophy: Scant inactive endometrial glands and blood is usually a good indication that the cause of bleeding was endometrial atrophy (thinning of the uterine l... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
No: Not clear on your situation but If you had endometriosis involving your ovary, this causes a blood filled cyst that can become quite large and eventua... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Margins: This means that the lesion is present at the edge of the tissue the surgeon removed, and therefore might not be completely removed. If this is a c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Lab results: You should call the office and ask for the results and ask to discuss them with the doctor if there is anything abnormal.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
Vaginal bleeding: Vaginal bleeding may be many things. It occurs in pre-menopause, because the periods get irregular around that time. It could also be other things in ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 37 years experience
No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of '... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chung is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chung is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have question about xiphoid process in middle have lump.it is a cancer. before i saw a small but now it is big sometimes i feel a pain
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate ur response thank you for taking ur time to answer.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This has helped me alot. Bye!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Davis School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1985MD

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