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Does any of you have a case of congenital absence of a pituitary gland?

Does any of you have a case of congenital absence of a pituitary gland?

Very rare: Only a small handful of this lethal congenital malformation have been described. It is usually associated with adrenal hypoplasia. It should not be confused with the empty sella syndrome which gives the appearance of an absent pituitary on ct or MRI scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Pituitary Gland (Definition)

The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and ...Read more


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What're the symptoms of a tumor in the liver if you have or may have gynocomastia?

What're the symptoms of a tumor in the liver if you have or may have gynocomastia?

May not be related: Gynecomastia is caused by hormonal imbalances of many causes. One of these is liver diseases such as cirrhosis. Other causes are medications. This problem is not clearly related to a tumor in the liver. Liver cancer is associated with cirrhosis, but gynecomastia is not a major sign typically. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a child with a underactive thyroid gland?

What are the symptoms of a child with a underactive thyroid gland?

Lab test essential: A child with hypoactive thyroid may have constipation, delayed growth, poor cognitive skills, large tongue etc. However, clinical signs and symptoms are not a good indicator of thyroid function. If there is any doubt, easily available and not too expensive tests, e.g., TSH and free T4 are essential for a proper work-up. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a while have a language impairment in the absence of other medical diagnoses?

Is it possible that a while have a language impairment in the absence of other medical diagnoses?

Specific Language: Impairment is a highly inheritable disorder caused by alterations in multiple specific genes. Early delays in expressive language, often with delayed receptive language,persist past age 4 & confer very high risk of dyslexia. Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, brain damage, hearing loss, psychological trauma, etc. MUST be absent for SLI to be diagnosed, by definition. ...Read more

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What effect will having an adrenal tumor that produces a lot of estrogen have on a female's growth if left untreated?

What effect will having an adrenal tumor that produces a lot of estrogen have on a female's growth if left untreated?

Take it out: It needs to come out - really rare and potentially malignant. High estrogen levels still increases risk for other cancers, particularly breast and endometrial. Additionally, for the girl, sexual maturity comes quickly, growth will be stunted due to acceleration of growth plate maturity leading to premature closure. Infertiility and other problems. ...Read more

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Can you have a tumor a of the brain and have normal reflexes?

Can you have a  tumor a of the brain and have normal reflexes?

Yes/ it depends.: If there is a tumor in the cerebellum, like cerebellar astrocytoma, coordination, etc. Might be affected, but if the tumor is in another place, like in the body of the cerebrum, it might have no effect. Many brain tumors cause their effects by mass or pressure effect, like on vision, seizures, headache, or herniation of brain effect. ...Read more

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Could you please explain the possible causes of TRACE ketones in the urine of a 12 month old? There is a family history of Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you.

Could you please explain the possible causes of TRACE ketones in the urine of a 12 month old? There is a family history of Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you.

Trace ketones: in urine may be useful in determining hydration which may have involve many benign or serious causes. Would recommend blood tests to diagnose more serious concerns like Diabetes Mellitus Type 1. In the near future we will also routinely check Genetic factors to determine the likelihood of developing disease in the future, even without signs/symptoms. ...Read more

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Could any of your children have a genetic disorder if you are a carrier of the gene?

Could any of your children have a genetic disorder if you are a carrier of the gene?

Depends: If you have a disorder that is controlled by a dominant gene, statistically half your offspring could get it. Babies don't always follow statistics, all your babies could get your dominant gene & the condition or none could & none get the condition.If you carry a recessive gene you would have no affected kids unless you had them with a carrier.Then, all or none could get it most would be carriers ...Read more

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How likely is a small stomach on a 20 week us an issue in the absence of other abnormalities? There is a choroid plexus cyst. Amniotic levels wnl.

How likely is a small stomach on a 20 week us an issue in the absence of other abnormalities?  There is a choroid plexus cyst.  Amniotic levels wnl.

More details: This is a very specific question that would need to be answered only after reviewing the report and understanding your clinical scenario. It would be best to schedule a follow up with your obgyn and go through the details. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of having a full recovery in case of paralysis due to stroke?

What kind of likelihood is there of having a full recovery in case of paralysis due to stroke?

I have seen it : Now, don't carve in stone, but I have seen amazing recoveries over a 4-6 month period of time in cases of hemiparesis, where i felt there was no hope. This is relatively uncommon, but does happen. So, work hard in rehab program, take your med, exercise, and stay optimistic. Good luck. ...Read more

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If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of some form of cancer?

If you have ganglion cyst could that be the result of  some form of cancer?

Not cancer: Ganglion cysts are the result trauma, degenerative changes especially in the wrist joint , not related to cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms or consequences of a single ventricle?

What are the symptoms or consequences of a single ventricle?

Blue color: Most single ventricle patients are going to be cyanotic. That is blue in color because of the mixing of oxygenated blood from the lungs and non oxygenated blood in the single chamber. ...Read more

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Might any of the symptoms suggesting prostate cancer be a sign of something else in your body?

Might any of the symptoms suggesting prostate cancer be a sign of something else in your body?

Frankly,: Bladder outlet obstruction is more common in benign prostatic hypertrophy than cancer, and prosca can be silent. No family hx, no symptoms, many advise steering away from psa screening due to over diagnoisis and harms from rx, but identifying curable prosca at an early stage is a reason to be checked. ...Read more

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What types of endocrine disorders could cause the height of a 30-something adult to increase quite a bit--certainly a noticeable amount? Thank you.

What types of endocrine disorders could cause the height of a 30-something adult to increase quite a bit--certainly a noticeable amount? Thank you.

Increase height: It is extremely unlikely for your height to increase at all in a 30 year old. Height is generally closed by age 25. Please give me some more information. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a tumour or multiple sclerosis could have formed in that amount of time?

Is it possible that a tumour or multiple sclerosis could have formed in that amount of time?

Confusing question: Why do you wonder about tumor or MS, as these are very different conditions? And what do you mean by "that amount of time"??? Re-ask your question and clarify what you need us to address. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i fight the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Is it possible that i fight the symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia?

Unclear question: You did not provide any symptoms or signs and it is not feasible to answer the question without examining you and doing some blood tests. Please consult a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can floaters alone be a sign of eye lymphoma? Are there any other symptom the absence of which guarantee that i don't have lymphoma?

Can floaters alone be a sign of eye lymphoma? Are there any other symptom the absence of which guarantee that i don't have lymphoma?

Tough question: Floaters are a "normal" event in most. Yes, lymphoma in the vitreous can present as floaters, but even then, it still needs a pathology diagnosis (biopsy). If there is a history of lymphoma, and now at 21 you have floaters, see a retinal specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Could a low TSH but normal Free T4 mean a Pituitary problem? Or would that be more indicative of the start of Hypothyroidism?

Could a low TSH but normal Free T4 mean a Pituitary problem?  Or would that be more indicative of the start of Hypothyroidism?

Sounds normal: Your description is consistent with normal thyroid function, but if you are concerned, you could provide exact numbers for us to review. ...Read more

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Can you give me an example of a rare type of cancer? Preferably one with maybe a strange wag of diagnoses or strange form of treatment.

Can you give me an example of a rare type of cancer? Preferably one with maybe a strange wag of diagnoses or strange form of treatment.

Here's one: Alveolar soft part sarcoma. Especially in the old days before immunohistochemistry, we looked for bizarre crystals on electron microscopy that made the tumor look like the Ten of Diamonds. It's not all that treatable, but it develops from a translocation involving the X-chromosome, so it's twice as common in women as in men. Why do you ask? ...Read more