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What test would you do to diagnosis vipoma? 1 high VIP & chromogranin, hypok be enough to confirm ? How long does diagnosis take?

VIPoma: This is complicated. You may not have the satisfaction of "a diagnosis" until your doctors have found a tumor, removed it and the symptoms have resolved. As I mentioned to you before, you should be seeing someone who specializes in these kinds of tumors. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

Be VERY careful: Most of the outfits offering "heavy metal testing" are scams, charging outrageous prices for"tests" intended to get you to buy their nutritional supplements, have your fillings removed, and generally suck you into a expensive racket. They exude warmth and this is the one thing that may make you feel better. ...Read more

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Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

No, but must dx & rx: Whipples disease is a very rare condition, often found in middle age men, that is also called lipodystrophy. It a bacterial-caused disease that leads to malabsorption of mostly fats and certain sugars into the bloodstream. It will lead to nutritional deficiencies among other problems. Need rx with antibiotics, usually at least a year, herbs and supplements. If left untreated, it can be fatal. ...Read more

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Orthodontic spacers placed 4 days ago. Painful to chew, teeth sensitive, and pain wrapping around to front teeth now. Is this norm? What to do 4 pain?

Orthodontic spacers placed 4 days ago. Painful to chew, teeth sensitive, and pain wrapping around to front teeth now. Is this norm? What to do 4 pain?

Call orthodontist: Follow the instructions your orthodontist gave you. There is ususally some pain after spacers have been placed. Ibuprophen will help with the pain.. Soft diet until you feel better. If the pain is more than you think it should be call your orthodontist and talk with them. ...Read more

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L endoscopic hernia repair. Pmh: mild l cerebral palsy. I had l spasms coming out of anesthesia. S/p 1 mo. I have a painful large 3rd testicle?

L endoscopic hernia repair.  Pmh:  mild  l cerebral palsy.  I had l spasms coming out of anesthesia.  S/p 1 mo. I have a painful large 3rd testicle?

PostOp Seroma: It is very common for fluid to accumulate where the old hernia was immediately after surgery. It can feel just like a hernia but will not "yo-yo" in and out. Best option would be to see your surgeon in-person so they can examine you & reassure you that all is well. ...Read more

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Focal adenomatous chg seen in the epithelium, does not involve the margin on gall bladder pathology report, what does it mean? Told results were norma

Focal adenomatous chg seen in the epithelium, does not involve the margin on gall bladder pathology report, what does it mean? Told results were norma

Benign growth: Adenomatous changes are benign, due to a "polyp" that does not have any more ominous or pre cancerous features. If the gallbladder has been removed, then you have nothing to worry about here. ...Read more

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Went to endocrinologist they said I have high chromogranin. What does this mean?

Went to endocrinologist  they said I  have high chromogranin. What does this mean?

Chromogranin A: Chromogranin a (cga) is a protein made by certain cells scattered throughout many tissues in the body. These cells are called neuro-endocrine cells, because they behave somewhat like nerve cells, and somewhat like endocrine, or glandular cells. They produce a variety of hormone and Amino Acid derivatives, and can form tumors. High cga levels mean a person might have such a tumor, but isn't certain. ...Read more

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Hypok vs periodic paralysis? Endo tumor have fluctuations in potassium or consistently low? High vip & chromogranin, hypok, dehydration, numbness

Hypok vs periodic paralysis? Endo tumor have fluctuations in potassium or consistently low?  High vip & chromogranin, hypok, dehydration, numbness

HypoK: If you are losing so much K consistently, you should probably be on K supplements. Overall, however, you have a complicated medical condition and you should not be getting day to day medical advice from a blog. Please see your doctor, and if necessary go to a specialty center for diagnosis or treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have false positives for chromogranin A , vasoactive instestional peptides, 5-hiaa? All these test have been high than others normal

Is it possible to have false positives for chromogranin A , vasoactive instestional peptides, 5-hiaa? All these test have been high than others normal

No test is perfect: Hi. In medicine, we rely heavily on objective data, but no test is perfect. The fact that your Cg A, VIP, and 5-HIAA are ALL high lends credence to the hypothesis you have a neuroendocrine tumor in the carcinoid/VIPoma category. I trust you are being seen by a physician experienced in endocrine tumor syndromes, or will soon be referred to one. Mayo Clinic is great for that. Others too. Good luck! ...Read more

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Whats the test using chromogranin a?

Whats the test using chromogranin a?

Tumor marker: It is a test for neuro-endocrine tumors. See this site for more info. http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/34641 ...Read more

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