Doctor insights on:
I have an old broken metatarsal that has caused me to have what the orthopedist is calling avuncular necrosis. I also have a cyst. What is this?
Many concerns: Necrosis is "death" or destruction of a nerve, and this sometimes is necessitated to alleviate pain, by an alcohol injection. If a nerve is cut or transected, or if a nerve cell body dies (apoptosis), from a variety of inflammatory or degenerative causes, recovery is not possible. So, nerve death can occur both in central and peripheral nervous systems. Timely treatment is always best. ...Read more
What's the cause?: An elite athlete can kill off huge numbers of his liver cells in a prolonged endurance event and they grow right back with the liver restored perfectly. This also happens after prolonged shock with recovery. If you have a chronic hepatitis (viral, immune) with ongoing cell damage, the outcome is whatever is expected for the hepatitis. Insist your physician tell you what's killing liver cells. ...Read more
Renal disease: Kidney tissue is damaged and is not functioning correctly. You need to take stock of all medication you have been taking and stop any that has an effect on the kidney. Also deal with any kidney infection. Medical care is important and following advise very closely to avoid progression of the condition is essential. ...Read more