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Axial Skeleton Disorders
What is Heterogeneous marrow signal within the axial skeleton mean on an MRI of the right hip mean. I am a women age 60?
3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?
Depends: Bone marrow expansion throughout the skeleton typically signals either that the marrow is I appropriately expanding into these compartment such as in a myeloproliferative disorder or the present regions of marrow production are insufficient to keep up with current body needs. Regardless of the cause this is best answered by hands on evaluation, testing and management by an hematologist. ...Read more
Is rickets curable? I was suffering from disease rickets, but skeleton deformities was not recover. At this age (23) is it curable?
Not as an adult: Rickets by definition is a disease of growing bones. It can be accompanied by a condition known as osteomalacia which is a failure to normally mineralize bone. If you have bone deformity as an adult from rickets as a child it is unlikely that it will ever fully correct. However, you can still improve your bone health by treating the osteomalacia. This may require calcium, phosphorus, and or vitamin d depending on the cause of the rickets. ...Read more
Question-results of a total body bone scan- the remainder of the axial and appendicular skeleton is without increase in activity. What is the meaning?
Rest of bones normal: Wording of "remainder" in report strange unless it initially mentioned in report some abnormality. The entire skeleton consists of appendicular and axial skeleton. ...Read more
Will I eventually need aggressive treatment for Graves Disease because I'm very symptomatic and look like a skeleton?
You need: Treatment, not necessarily aggressiveGet a more detailed answer ›
Could you please tell me if Ostoporosis affects the whole of the skeleton or just certain parts. Thanks?
Osteoporosis: Is most noted in the larger bones like hips/spine but will affect the whole skeletal system. ...Read more
Your body type: We classify patients as endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph. The latter are those who tend to eat whatever they want and yet don't gain any weight. The good news is that you're eating healthy. But are you eating enough healthy calories? If you need to expend 3, 500 calories to lose a pound of weight, that means you need to consume an extra 3, 500 calories to gain that pound. Ask doc to check thyroid. ...Read more
One way to put it: That is a very succinct way of stating it. Typically you will notice larger overall bone structure if not general size as well. Think of a small dog like a yorkshire terrier compared to a st. Bernard. Look at wrist size, shoulder and hip width, etc. ...Read more
It can: It does affect the entire skeleton but areas of more stress or use show the changes more and also are more significant with regard to function. It is important to have the tests done and a visit to your provider to determine what type of osteoporosis and what type of calcium, vit D parathyroid hormone levels sex hormones etc are involved in preventing or stabilizing it ...Read more
Sorry not bones:
Your jackets may not be fitting because your body got broader meaning you gained weight. Either from fat or muscle building. The skeleton does not get bigger. ...Read more
My son is 7, he is healthy and active but he only weighs 42 pounds. He is 48 inches high. Looks like a skeleton. How can we get him to eat more?
Healthy looking?: I would first have a discussion with his doc about his his status. Those numbers suggest a real medical problem not just a need to eat more. He needs 3 lb to be considered underweight. After proper exam and tests there, if there is nothing more needed there are meds the doc can prescribe to stimulate appetite, but I suspect he needs to see a pediatric endocrinologist after an initial evaluation ...Read more
Vertebrae are the...: Names of the bones that make up your spine. The skeleton is the structure made up of all of the bones in your body. ...Read more
Depends on age: The skull is composed with an elaborate collection of growth centers that essentially push away from each other as the skull volume increases with age. By the age of 9 most of the suture lines of the skull start to fuse & there is little added increase. Since the adolescence growth spurt occurs in the mid to late teens, there will be a point where u grow taller but your head is done. ...Read more
Saw paralyzed man walking with artificial skeleton at berkeley graduation. Will that help more people?
Yes: Until we find a cure for paralysis which still seems to be a long way off, these "exoskeletons" will become more and more available for less cost and more widespread use. As a rehab doctor., I am really looking forward to the day when we can prescribe these devices more extensively. I think they will change lives for the better. ...Read more
I'm 20. I have 6ft 1in height but having the skinny and skeleton body. What should I do to get a good muscular look like everyone have. Please help.
What is the lowest T-score on the osteo scoring chart? Can the whole skeleton just crumble? I am terrified with my scores and am being left too long.
Pressure and density: Bone tissue is constantly changing. As pressure changes (weight bearing and exercise) the bone will change density to accommodate it. Lack of weight bearing will cause the bone to "thin out" ...Read more
Yes: Any type of joint involvement can affect the movement of the body. As the muscles pivot along with the joints, joint impairment can lead to loss of normal function. The Musculoskeletal function of the body is fine tuned. Any impairment of joints, muscles, tendons, or bursas can affect the total function ...Read more
Most of the time: The most common cause of scoliosis is 'idiopathic scoliosis' and has absolutely nothing to do with quality of skin. However there are a host of other causes for scoliosis in a minority of cases such as neoplastic, infectious, degenerative, neuromuscular and inflammatory to name a few and these may in some cases cause associated skin abnormalities. ...Read more
I had a bone scan done recently I'm trying to see what results mean the findings say homogenous uptake throughout skeleton seen what does it mean?
Homogenous = normal:
The term "homogenous" means something similar to consistent or equal. If there is homogenous uptake throughout the skeleton it means there are no abnormal areas of "high uptake" or "hot spots" such as bone cancers.
Therefore, homogenous uptake in the skeleton is considered normal. Still, have a discussion with the doctor who ordered the scan as they will have a better understanding of your case. ...Read more
I'm running a marathon and am having a lot of trouble keeping weight on. Any tips for healthy foods that keep my levels up? I weight between 120-125 and am nearly 5'9. I'm trying to maintain and not look like a skeleton!
nutritionist: Seek the help of a nutritionist and / or dietition. This way you get custom plan based on your specific needs. You may already have a high metabolic rate. You must consume more calories than you burn to gain, equal to maintain. The type (protein/carb/fat) is also a factor. Weight training will also help maintain muscle mass. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes!: Once they mobilize the joints of your mid-back, the tension and pressure on intercostal nerves can be significantly reduced and your pain relieved in just a few sessions. Graston technique is painful/wonderful thing. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a bone scan reveals that portions of the skeleton show greater than normal deminderalization, what hormone causes this?
Dxa for bone density: Bone scan involves injection of isotope and subsequent imaging of skeleton looking for abnormal areas of bone metabolism. Mineralization is determined by DXA scan, (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) where mineralization of whole body, hips;, lumbar spine, and sometimes wrist are imaged. Dxa uses low dose x-rays to assess bone mineral density. No injection of radiopharmaceutical. ...Read more
If the immune system attacks and destroys nerves and nerve cells in entire body leaving the brain untouched would the human body just be a skeleton?
See below: No that is not quite how it works. You need to have discussion with your neurologist about your symptoms. ...Read more
Igm kappa spike of 2g/L. plasma cell 1% Skeleton survey clean. Do I have mgus or can it be something else. Ps I have a family with rheumatoid arth?
What you described is MGUS, unless proven otherwise. It is important that you follow your doctor's advice for repeat check-ups. In general about 1% of MGUS patients develop multiple myeloma/year. Consult this site for more info on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/mgus/basics/definition/CON-20026422 ...Read more
I was suffering rickets. When I was child calcium oxalate was diagnosed. Skeleton deformities. Now urine test calcium oxalate is +. What I do now? 23 yr
Ca oxalate in urine: Calcium oxalate crystals in urine are common even in normal persona based upon the diet that they took in past 24 hrs. The question is --- what is your urine calcium to creatinine ratio and if that is significantly high, thiazides diuretics will help in preventing renal losses of calcium and prevention of renal stone formation. Consult your nephrologist. ...Read more
Sir I am very weak my body appearence is just like skeleton I want to gain my weight and body shape. One bad habbit I use my hand with anus too much?
I have slap cheek. It has been affecting my skeleton in all major joints and spine inparticular. I have slipped a disk in lower back.
No connection: Slapped cheek disease commonly affects children and causes bright red cheeks. For most people, this illness is no worse than a cold. Most children do not need any treatment except for resting and allowing the body to fight the infection. Fever may be controlled with tylenol (acetaminophen). Antibiotics will not work because slapped cheek is caused by a virus. ...Read more
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