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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: Shingles does not cause death. However, there is a high suicide rate in the elderly who have had shingles and are left with chronic severe nerve pain ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
RELAX: Most of the time we are not able to finger a precise reason for the event. Emotional stress is often cited and is nearly always wrong. Lymphoma as a c ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Shingles : Herpes zoster is due to flaring of dormant chicken pox infection along a verve , usually not lethal but will cause intractable pain even after healin ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes but rare: Shingles, which is a reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus. Most people are infected with the virus as children and it lays dormant in our ne ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Depends on type: Polymyositis / dermatomyositis kill only if they produce extreme weakness that compromises breathing or results in skin damage, or if the heart muscle ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Probably not: Unlike many other physicians, i believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real, and an immune disturbance due to some unknown virus or viruses. Howeve ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: If neurologic symptoms due to rabies occur in a person who has not been vaccinated - it's usually fatal.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dorsey
35 years experience Wound care
Yes: Any time there is a break in the skin bacteria can enter the area and cause a serious life threatening infection.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Bad disease: Myocarditis is a disease of the heart muscle and when the heart muscle fails to work, there is no circulation of blood. Some patients are able to have ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Several: Arrhythmias include heart block, standstill, ventricular fibrillation cardiac rupture cardiac thrombus and embolism syncope and cerebral hypoxia w ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terence Chapman
25 years experience Urologic Oncology
Sometimes: Bladder cancer can be deadly. The grade (microscopic features)and stage (extent of tumor) of cancer, as well as treatment received determine a person' ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised imm ... Read More
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Too many: Too many people die annually due to cancer etiology of it is unknown most of the time, prevention is rarely successful , more research need to be do ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Roughly 20-25% : In adults, the mortality can range somewhere roughly between 20-25% of patients who acquire bacterial meningitis.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
Infections.: Most Alzheimer's sufferers die from intercurrent infection or just a general shut down of the body. They can have aspiration pneumonia because their s ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
From Liver failure: Most such patients will develop liver failure as the terminal event. But it can also be due to a complication of cancer which can effect remote(other) ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Almost never: People can get recurrent viral meningitis from genital herpes(hsv2). People get severe lifethreatening viral encephalitis from oral herpes simplex 1( ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unfortunately: As many as 1 out of 2000 infected people may die from measles infections which can cause serious pneumonia or encephalitis ( a brain infection). This ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
No: While i suppose someone could identify a scenario in the most rarest of combinations of situations such as infection in acute leukemia or severe negle ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
In some cases: However, if you stop drinking, most liver problems stabilize or improve and patients usually do not die.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Perfection: All drugs and vaccines are studied for their efficacy by working in majority of people, not in 100% of people, and not perfect. For example, flu vacci ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience Internal medicine
Rare disease: Scleroderma is a very rare autoimmune disease which often results in a progressive decline in health resulting in death, due to the fact that little o ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
33 years experience Pulmonology
Heart attack: heart attack means part of the heart muscle has died due to lack of blood supply. If you kill enough of the heart you can't survive as there isn't eno ... Read More

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