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Babesiosis In Children
Babesiosis is a malaria-like parasitic disease caused by infection with babesia, a genus of protozoal piroplasms. after trypanosomes, babesia is thought to be the second most common blood parasites of mammals, and they can have a major impact on health of domestic animals in ...Read more
Babesia: Babesiosis is a malaria-like parasitic disease caused by infection with babesia, a genus of protozoal piroplasms. after trypanosomes, babesia is thought to be the second most common blood parasites of mammals, and they can have a major impact on health of domestic animals in areas without severe winters. ...Read more
Can babesiosis return after it was cured? My son has similar symptoms, but I'm hoping its the flu.
Yes: Although uncommon, babesia can recurr and may require multiple courses of treatment in select patients. He should see his doctor for a blood smear. ...Read more
Must be considered: Many patients with lyme disease have co-infections with babesiosis &/or bartonella. These can cause symptoms as or even more serious than lyme. Many lyme specialists feel it is impossible to effectively treat lyme unless you treat these co-infections & that the best strategy is to focus on treating the co-infections first. Babesiosis is easier to clear than lyme but is still a challenge to treat. ...Read more
Can a bad case of babesiosis still leave liver damage after 20 years and can alcohol make it worse at this point?
In the absence of overt allergic symptoms, does a high IgE level (600; normal 0-100) indicate a protozoal infection like trichomoniasis or babesiosis?
Usually not: First of all, the old biology-class story that "IgE fights parasites" isn't true; it's mostly about worms, not the protozoa you mention. Usually we never find the cause for a high IgE, though some folks with bad allergies run high levels and there are a handful of uncommon diseases where they run high. Best wishes. ...Read more
Increased (3x normal) kappa lambda chains with normal ratio. Recurring fever that goes away with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Is this babesiosis, malaria or parasitic?
Kappa lambda chains:
You come with a question which still I do not have the correct answer. Went to Webb MD, searched all the possibilities and came with this response.
Do you have a copy of 'Understanding Serum Free Light Chain Assays' from the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)? It clearly goes into all aspects of the Bence Jones issue. Under the Serum Free Light Chain Assays: Normal Versus Abnormal it says:
"Normal levels of serum free light chains are*:
Kappa: 3.3 -19.4 mg/L*
Lambda: 5.7 -26.3 mg/L*
Kappa/lambda ratio: 0.26- 1.65
*NOTE: The units here are mg/L; different laboratories use different units It is important t double-check the units used when comparing numbers in lab values.
The Kappa/Lambda Ratio
1. The kappa/lambda ratio is as important for diagnosis and monitoring of myeloma as are the levels of kappa and lambda. 2. When the level of either kappa or lambda is very high and the other chain is normal or low, then the ratio is abnormal and indicates that the myeloma is active. 3. If levels of both kappa and lambda light chains are increased, the ratio may be within the normal range, and this generally indicates a disease other than myeloma, such as poor kidney function. When the kidneys are not working properly, both types of light chains are retained in the blood and are not removed by the kidneys. The result is increased levels of both kappa and lambda in the blood. In this situation, in general, the abnormally increased levels are not themselves a direct result of currently active myeloma. 4. If the kappa and lambda levels are both within the normal range, sometimes the ratio may be abnormal. In this situation there may be a persistent low level of active myeloma with excess production of the abnormal light chain. 5. A normal kappa/lambda ratio after treatment is particularly good remission and is termed a stringent complete response. Normalization of the kappa/lambda ratio correlates with possible longer remission and studies are in progress to investigate more about the nature of this relationship,
Yana, this comes directly from the afore named booklet. You can get a complete set of myeloma information from the IMF by going online and ordering it -- for FREE! Its a great resource and they have many other things relative to myeloma patients and carers -- the site is well worth a look!! I don't know if this answers your question, but its a good place to start. ...Read more
Tick borne disease: Lyme disease won't kill you, but can cause serious morbidity. Babesiosis on the other hand, can prove fatal. In fact, it's often referred to as 'malaria of the North East' since it's found in the Northeastern United States. If u think you've been bitten by a tick or have questions about tick borne diseases, it's good to see an Infectious Diseases doctor who's an expert in these types of infections ...Read more
I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?
Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more
Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more
Vomiting: For a simple gastroenteritis, gut rest (nothing to eat or drink for 2-3 hrs) followed by small sips of clear fluids, frequently (goal depending on age of child 1-4 oz/hr). The presence of pain is more worrisome and I would recommend taking the child to their doctor for a hands-on examination to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more
Safe/locks: A good gun safe can double as a home for some family valuables. There are a number of trigger locks and quick entry safes on the market that provide quick access but eliminate child entry. As mentioned, kids taught gun handling and safety as early as age 4 are less likely to play with any gun they find anywhere. ...Read more