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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What tests confirm peripheral arterial disease?

What tests  confirm peripheral arterial disease?

ABI/PRESSURES: Ankle brachial index(abi) measures the difference in blood pressures between the arms and legs and arterial ultrasound which is a type of imaging test can be used in conjunction with this to establish this diagnosis along with an appropriate history. ...Read more

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What diagnostic tests are utilized to monitor patients with diabetes mellitus?

What diagnostic tests are utilized to monitor patients with diabetes mellitus?

Aic Hemoglobin,sugar: Following tests 1blood sugar 2a1c hemoglobin 3lipid levels including ldl, hdl, triglycerides 4bp check 5kidney functions 6ekg. ...Read more

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What blood tests are needed to diagnose diabetes?

What blood tests are needed to diagnose diabetes?

HgA1c 6.5 or more;: Fasting BS =126 or >; blood sugar =200 or greater 2 hours after eating ...Read more

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Are random blood sugar test for glucose accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Are random blood sugar test for glucose accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Not ideal: There are multiple tests for diabetes but preferred are fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels. Generally, these are tested on two separate occasions to confirm the diagnosis unless the numbers are way out of range. Non-fasting glucose with symptoms suggestive of diabetes can be reliable. Take care. ...Read more

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What tests are performed to diagnose type 1 diabetes?

What tests are performed to diagnose type 1 diabetes?

Several available: The classical presentation is a very sick child with blood sugars 5-10 x normal & evidence of sugar & fat breakdown in the urine. It may be picked up with a random urine test(sugar) or random blood sugar to high, or A1c level above normal. Some reserch labs look into antibodies to Insulin producing cells but this not used for most cases. Blood sugars that are too high are the main screening tool. ...Read more

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What lab values diagnose diabetes in pregnancy?

What lab values diagnose diabetes in pregnancy?

Any sugar in urine: Above normal blood levels, above 140 mg%. ...Read more

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Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Yes: It's one way to diagnose diabetes. Another way is to check a a1c. That test does not require fasting. ...Read more

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Folic acid blood test --am i'm being tested for peripheral neuropathy?

Folic acid blood test --am i'm being tested for peripheral neuropathy?

No: Peripheral neuropathy is discovered on history and physical exam, perhaps with confirmatory electric nerve studies Folic Acid deficiency will cause general ill-health, mental slowing, and anemia more than a peripheral neuropathy despite claims of "independent thinkers." some people need more Folic Acid than others, even though uncle sam now supplements flour with it. ...Read more

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Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel or PN: If your nerve conduction test showed you have carpal tunnel syndrome, that is your diagnosis. Your nerve conduction test is not normal or negative if this is the diagnosis. This is a good test for distinguishing these two conditions. It is possible to have rare kinds of neuropathy with a normal nerve conduction test- this is why it is important to have an interview and exam with the test minder ...Read more

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What doctor/specialty can order conduction test for neuropathy?

What doctor/specialty can order conduction test for neuropathy?

Any specialty: Any physician (md or do) or podiatrist can order. The test itself should be performed by a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation physician) or neurologist. ...Read more

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Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Random glucose >200: The ADA has set criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes as a patient with classic symptoms of hyperglycemia and a random glucose blood glucose > 200mg/dL http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis/ ...Read more

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What is done for diabetic neuropathy?

What is done for diabetic neuropathy?

Get evaluated: If the symptoms are due to neuropathy, topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medications. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. Consult with your physician for an appropriate plan of care. ...Read more

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What are diabetic neuropathies?

What are diabetic neuropathies?

Poor nerve function: Nerve disease/damage thought to be caused by poor blood supply to nerves &/or high blood sugar. There are 2 types of neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic. Peripheral causes loss of feeling in hands/feet, weakness & imbalance. This can lead to wound development & possible amputation. Autonomic leads to heart problems, problems w/ body temp, erectile dysfunction, dry skin, & digestive problems. ...Read more

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Are fingerstick cholesterol tests accurate?

Are fingerstick cholesterol tests accurate?

Kind of: It can be a quick screening test - but it only shows you your total cholesterol and not the components (hdl, tg, ldl, etc.). ...Read more

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What serious conditions can nerve conduction tests diagnose?

Many.: Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) can diagnose neuropathy (nerve problem), radiculopathy (pinched nerve), myopathy (muscle problem), and other conditions such as ALS (lou gehrig's disease) and myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

Also known as diabetes neuropathy, this is a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes that can cause pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Diabetic Neuropathy (Definition)

Diabetic neuropathy is a problem of the nerves seen in patients with diabetes. Diabetes damages the small blood vessels of the nerves, which may result in ...Read more