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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What are some common liver diseases?

What are some common liver diseases?

Many: Its a long list we can break it down into certain categories 1: toxic (alcohol) 2: infectious ( hepatitis ) 3: immune mediated ( primary biliary cirrhosis) 4: cancers there's many more. ...Read more

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Are there serious dangerous STDs other than HIV, hepatitis and pelvic inflammatory disease ? What can they cause in critical cases?

Are there serious dangerous STDs other than HIV, hepatitis and
 pelvic inflammatory disease ? 
What can they cause in critical cases?

Yes: Syphilis and gonorrhea are dangerous if left untreated with bad complications, and other STDs too, but we don't here much about those complications now given the widespread availability of medications and easy treatment once diagnosed, the problem is undiagnosed cases, partial treatment or treating only one partner not the other partner(s) ...Read more

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What are they and describe several bone diseases?

What are they and describe several bone diseases?

No short answer: There are literally hundreds of primary bone or systemic (whole body) disorders that can affect bone formation, metabolism, maintenance. There are just as many benign and malignant tumors that can arise in or affect bone. Expertise in bone diseases crosses many specialties as well quite a few textbooks. ...Read more

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What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

Immunity against oneself: Autoimmune means you're making an immune response against yourself. There are a variety of different autoimmune diseases. These include lupus erythematosus. Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis scleroderma and overlap syndromes. Each are evaluated differently. Although not common they are not uncommon. ...Read more

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Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Psorisis: Presumably the liver biopsy is being done prior to the use of a medication such as methotrexate. Liver biopsy should not be painful for anyone but can be. A local anesthetic is used to "numb" the area. In some instances the medication may not be completely effective or discomfort may be experienced after the procedure when the effect of the anesthetic has "worn off.". ...Read more

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Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

No even close: There are numerous autoimmune diseases that are not fatal. These include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, certain types of hair loss and many others. In fact, relatively few autoimmune diseases have increased risk of death. ...Read more

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What are some immunological diseases that are bad?

What are some immunological diseases that are bad?

SCID, ANAPHYLAXIS: Very broad question! the immune system can be nearly missing when you are born, that's called severe combined immune deficiency, and usually requires a bone marrow transplant. Lupus is a chronic disease that is also difficult to have and live with, but not always fatal like untreated scid. Even the most severe allergic reactions, called anaphylactic shock, are "bad immunologic" diseases. Lots are. ...Read more

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Are protruding eyes normal for anyone, or are they always thyroid disease?

Are protruding eyes normal for anyone, or are they always thyroid disease?

Not always thyroid : Normal for some people. Concerning if just one side. I had one patient sent to me for possible thyroid disease because she had a protruding eye even though she had normal thyroid tests. I had her get an mri. Turns out she had a tumor behind her eye. ...Read more

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Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Tests: Most liver disease can be suspected or diagnosed with the use of blood tests and imaging using ct scan and/or ultrasound. The exact diagnosis may require liver biopsies. In my experience liver disease is almost always diagnosed with the use of these modalities and with the skill of hepatologists. ...Read more

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Are there any diseases that can cause lesions on multiple organs (liver,brain,pancreas,etc) besides metastatic cancer?

Are there any diseases that can cause lesions on multiple organs (liver,brain,pancreas,etc) besides metastatic cancer?

Lots: infections such as abscess, parasites, fungus, and amoeba for starters. inflammation of the blood vessels can cause multiple lesions. Certain genetic disorders can affect multiple organs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of liver disease and are they affected by alcohol consumption?

Too many to say: But, consumption of alcohol can increase your risks of liver related illness. Viral infections (hepatitis, cmv) as well as bacteria and parasites can cause liver damage. Poor nutrition can lead to problems as well. Patients can develop live failure if they have "shock" from any cause (blood, loss, infection, injury). Ethanol makes the liver more susceptible to damage. ...Read more

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Are myelofibrosis and multiple myeloma are related to each other?

Are myelofibrosis  and  multiple myeloma are related to each other?

No: They are totally different diseases. Myeloma is a malignancy that develops in a type of blood cell called a plasma cell. Myelofibrosis is a disease of the bone marrow microenvironment. ...Read more

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Are all heart malformations hereditary, or are they sometimes just bad luck?

Are all heart malformations hereditary, or are they sometimes just bad luck?

No: Some cardiac malformations are part of syndromes that can be inherited. Others are part of syndromes that occur sporadically. Still others are isolated defects that can have a variety of non-genetic causes. ...Read more

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What are the types of Lyme desease and are they cureable?

What are the types of Lyme desease and are they cureable?

3 varieties: There are 3 variants of Borrelia, the spirochete associated with Lyme Disease. Stage 1 disease is treatable. The four components of Lyme Disease include the spirochete, accompanying parasites, coinfections, and biotoxins. Treating all four components in stage 1 will detox the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased ...Read more