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What causes burr cells?

What causes burr cells?

Disease and artifact: Burr cells are red cells with abnormal shape and may be due to kidney failure or enzyme deficiency. These may also be artifacts. See this site for more info. http://www.medialabinc.net/spg28876/burr_cells_echinocytes.aspx. ...Read more

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What is burr cell?

What is burr cell?

A burr cell: Is a red blood cell with an irregular cellular membrane. It is associated with a change in the lipid (fat) content of the membrane, often in the setting of liver disease. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 2.5 YO to have results of Anisocytosis: Rare Burr Cells: Slight, Microcytes: Rare, Polychromasia: Rare on a morphology Report?


Is it normal for a 2.5 YO to have results of Anisocytosis: Rare Burr Cells: Slight, Microcytes: Rare, Polychromasia: Rare on a morphology Report?

2.5 YO: No, your comments are not "normal". If your child has the issues you report you must continue to see a specialist. If you are not satisfied with the doctor you take tour child, have one of your friends refer you to a doctor with whom you will be more satisfied. Wish the baby well - please keep me posted; we can all learn something. ...Read more

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3 yr old. Very poor growth. Calprotectin 165, ESR 30, burr cells 1+. Very high IGA. Could this be normal or is something definitely wrong? GI related?

3 yr old. Very poor growth. Calprotectin 165, ESR 30, burr cells 1+. Very high IGA. Could this be normal or is something definitely wrong? GI related?

Not normal: Both calprotectin and ESR are measures of inflammation. Since your child's doctor has already started some testing, I encourage you to continue the evaluation. It sounds like your child has been quite ill, and I hope she improves soon. ...Read more

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3yr old. Calprotectin 165. ESR Sed rate 26, Immunoglobulin A 183. Burr cells 1+. Poor weight gain. Could this be normal? GI related?

3yr old. Calprotectin 165. ESR Sed rate 26, Immunoglobulin A 183. Burr cells 1+. Poor weight gain. Could this be normal? GI related?

Not normal: Elevated CRP and ESR suggest an inflammatory process. With a history of pneumonia and adenoidectomy, it sounds like your child has had sigificant illness. With poor weight gain, both GI and Immune dysfunction should be evaluiated by your child's doctor. ...Read more

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3yr old h/O failure to thrive/poor growth. Ped GI found IgA 183, ESR 26, calprotectin 165, burr cells 1+. Plan is to repeat labs & if unchanged colonoscopy. food allergy??? Maybe see allergist too????

3yr old h/O failure to thrive/poor growth. Ped GI found IgA 183, ESR 26, calprotectin 165, burr cells 1+. Plan is to repeat labs & if unchanged colonoscopy. food allergy??? Maybe see allergist too????

Failure to thrive : I think your GI doctor suggested an upper endoscopy with possible sigmoidoscopy. Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy Is a possible reason which is evaluated by biopsies. If the biopsies are consistent with above then next step is an allergist but make sure you see a pediatric allergist who is familiar with this condition. There are other reasons for failure to thrive as well so follow your GI rec's ...Read more

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Does the oldest child decide on a parents burial and medical decisions?

Does the oldest child decide on a parents burial and medical decisions?

Not necessarily: Hopefully this has been decided by your parents before it is necessary . That is what a will is for. Parents usually choose the child who they feel should be in charge and that may or may not be the oldest. Being firstborn doesn't rest that responsibility on one just by virtue of birth order...Unless you are an only child. ...Read more

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Can my untreated teeth be detrimental to my health? I have over $8000 worth of work to get done. With $0 i'm afraid my health will start deteriorating i'm only 25 years old. Should i start making my burial arrangements? Or are there any dentists that do

Can my untreated teeth be detrimental to my health? I have over $8000 worth of work to get done. With $0 i'm afraid my health will start deteriorating i'm only 25 years old. Should i start making my burial arrangements? 

Or are there any dentists that do

Yes, detrimental: See if there is a dental school near you . The treatment is much less expensive -- what you save in money, you pay in time. It takes longer for treatment. You also might find a clinic at a hospital that has a teaching program for postdoctoral dental training. (gpr or aegd). Good luck -- no burial yet ! ...Read more

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