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Can you die from pancoast syndrome?

Can you die from pancoast syndrome?

No, but: The cause of the syndrome (drooped eye, lack of sweating, pain in the shoulder or arm) is usually lung cancer! first described by hare in the london medical gazette in 1835. Pancoast was a radiologist at penn and said it was incurable. It is cured as frequently as other lung presentations, commonly treated with chemo/rt, then surgery. ...Read more

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Pancoast Syndrome (Definition)

Pancoast syndrome = malignant neoplasm at the top the ...Read more


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What is pancoast syndrome?

What is pancoast syndrome?

Superior sulcus: This is a syndrome that results from a tumor that sits in the top or apex of the lung, called a superior sulcus tumor. These tumors if appropriate stage should be removed surgically. The symptoms should resolve, except for the facial smptoms (horner's syndrome). ...Read more

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How fast can I make my pancoast syndrome go away?

This varies: If your pancoast syndrome is caused by a malignant tumor in your lung then treatment, whether surgical, or with chemotherapy and radiation would be the best way to make the syndrome go away. Surgical removal, if possible, usually results in the quickest regression of the syndrome. But chemo/radiation often resolves the syndrome as well, but in a longer period of time. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like pancoast syndrome go away quickly?

Do symptoms like pancoast syndrome go away quickly?

No, usually worsens: Usually pancoast symptoms worsen as the lung cancer gets bigger and invades more tissue... Surgery and/or radiation may relieve the symptoms ... ...Read more

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Do lots of people get pancoast syndrome, or is it unusual?

Not very common: Pancoast syndrome is characterized by a malignant neoplasm ( usually lung cancer) of the apex of the lung. It is about 2-5% of all lung cancer. ...Read more

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My sister says she has pancoast syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No: Pancoast syndrome is caused by the pressure of a tumor high up in the top of the lung on the nerves (brachial plexus). This is usually from a lung cancer. Family members may not have the same risk factors that caused the lung cancer and if they do it may develop elsewhere and not in the same location. Most lung cancers are associated with smoking. If all family members smoke, they should stop. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of pancoast syndrome?

Seek specialist: Pancoast syndrome is due to a tumor of the "top" of the lung causing pressure on vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels. Depending on the type of tumor, the treatment may vary. This is something you need a specialist to help you with; you probably want to start with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Will I die from sjögren’s syndrome?

Will I die from sjögren’s syndrome?

No: Sjogren's does give you a somewhat increased risk of malignant lymphoma, and it may run with a disease like lupus or scleroderma which you'd know by now whether or not you have. By itself, sjogren's is a nuisance disease. The most dangerous feature is that maybe 1% of patients get a vasculitis that can cause brain dysfunction that mimics multiple sclerosis. Be alert as it's manageable. ...Read more

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Can you die from werner syndrome?

Can you die from werner syndrome?

Yes: People with Werner's syndrome typically live to c. 54 years of age in the US, about 20 years less than you would expect. Vitamin C therapy may lengthen that lifespan, but it not clear yet that this is true. ...Read more

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Can you die from aspergers syndrome?

No.: Asperger's syndrome (which actually no longer a diagnosis in the new dsm-v) is an autisitc spectrum disorder characterized by poor social skills, a lack of understanding social interactions and interpersonal skills as well as being disconnected from others. In now way is fatal. ...Read more

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Can you die from post concussive syndrome?

Can you die from post concussive syndrome?

Not likely: Post concussive syndrome should not be fatal. Although this is one of the disorders under traumatic brain injury, concussion should not show abnormalities on ct scan or the diagnosis changes to something more severe such as diffuse axonal injury. ...Read more

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Takosubo syndrome 47 year old male can you die from it?

Takosubo syndrome 47 year old male can you die from it?

NOT usually: Overall mortality is <2% (so its rare to die). Tako-tsubo (or 'broken heart') syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. Symptoms mimic a heart attack. These symptoms may be brought on by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones. In tako-tsubo syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn't pump well. ...Read more

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I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?

I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?

No: Although some ds kids have life threatening conditions at birth these are usually recognized & fixed as they would for any other newborn. In life they have many challenges but generally live out a long life if these issues are managed. Expected lifespan of a newborn with ds today exceeds 60 yrs. ...Read more

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Can you die from asperger's syndrome? Would you have a shortened life span?

Can you die from asperger's syndrome? Would you have a shortened life span?

Nope.: Asperger's syndrome is a high functioning form of autism which affects an individuals communication and their development of social skills. Understanding of others emotions may be a challenge. Many individuals with asperger's are intelligent and successful, however they may have difficulty with interpersonal relationships. ...Read more

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Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

See below: There are risks with any procedures, but with this procedure the risk is very small. The major problem a woman has after an abortion are muscle cramps and some minor bleeding. At about the 5 months old the child becomes technically viable, that is to say it can survive in an isolate in the ICU with lots of support. A down's syndrome child has a genetic abnormality. Please ask your md these ques. ...Read more

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Could zollinger-ellison syndrome cause death?

Could zollinger-ellison syndrome cause death?

It can and it does: Ze patients eventually bleed to death from their eroded stomach linings, if they have not died first as a result of malnutrition from their damaged gut or the direct effects of their tumor. These folks also often have pituitary tumors and parathyroid disease, both life-threatening. Thankfully, ze is generally manageable. I admire your strength in asking -- be brave and beat this thing. ...Read more

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What is the reason of sudden adult death syndrome?

What is the reason of sudden adult death syndrome?

I think you: may be referring to so called "Athletes Heart" , the cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement) from regular EXTENDED exercise (such as Marathon running) and its more likely than not due to an arrhythmia (fatal hear rhythm ...) Hope this answers your question Dr Z ...Read more