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what are amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and blood/saliva test screening used for? abortions?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Prenatal diagnosis: Cvs and amniocentesis are used to discover chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. They are also used to diagnose genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, that some people are at risk for. Blood and saliva screening tests are used to find out if parents are at risk for a baby with certain genetic diseases.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Is it a boy or girl?: Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are used mainly for testing to determine the sex of your unborn child. Blood/saliva testing is used for so many other conditions they can't begin to begin to be listed here.

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Which test is more telling for kidney issues in pregnancy: blood work or urine test for protein?

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Dr. Richard Godt
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Both: Toxemia of pregnancy may be revealed by protein in the urine along with other signs and symptoms such as elevated blood pressure, significant edema, blurred vision, abdominal pain. Blood work assists in the diagnosis and prognosis.
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A 46-year-old female asked:

My son had his wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. He is now running a 101.1 fever. Can I give his motrin while he is on oxycodone?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
You can but caution: Oxycodone, often given in combo with Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)) and generally known as Percocet for pain control in situation such as dental extraction here. The tylenol (acetaminophen) should help with fever, but may not be enough (often 325mg). So, you can add another plain tylenol (acetaminophen) 325mg or motrin, but must monitor closely as infection is a concern and follow-up with the dentist is recommended. Good luck.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Bump on side of mouth but don't hurt and looks like a blister and I got big bumps on back of my tongue and throat but none of it hurts?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Mucocele possibly: The bump on the side of your mouth might be a mucocele. It is a clear bump filled with salvia. Caused when the duct to a minor salivary gland gets clogged and the saliva backs up. Most common on the lower lip but can occur elsewhere in the mouth. Ussually resolve on their own. Some times large ones require surgical removal. Bumps on the back of your tongue are probably normal vallate taste buds.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Could myoclonic jerks be from cervical spine stenosis. Before I fall asleep sometimes I have this jerk and I bite my tongue. Happens like once a month?

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Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Sleep disorder: Classically myoclonic jerks are a type of rare seizure disorder, these are rare in adults. And its true that a lot of seizures happen upon waking or going to sleep. You may have a sleep disorder that explains this better. It would be wise to have a sleep study to be sure and there are treatment for these as well.
Dr. Nabil Moufarrej
Sleep Medicine 44 years experience
sleep starts are a normal phenomenon that happens at sleep onset
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have blood in my urine that is very visible so I went to ER and they said I had a UTI but my left kidney has me in very uncomfortable pain. Is this symptoms from a uti?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes, upper: The kidney is the upper end of the urinary tract, so an infection here or pyelonephritis is a form of uti, urinary tract infection. Kidney stones can also present this way. A pyelonephritis may require intravenous antibiotics to cure.

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