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Gillian Barre Syndrome
GBS: Anyone can develop GBS, but people over 50 yrs. age are more at risk. It develops several days/weeks after having diarrhea or respiratory infection, with most common cause being a bacterium called Campylobacter, & some cases follow the Flu or Epstein Barr virus infection, and rarely after vaccination. ...Read more
Genetic disorder: It can lead to deafness. It accounts for about 5 to 10percent of congenital deafness. Its also associated with thyroid disease and goiters. 75 percent of pts have a goiter. Hearing loss may not be obvious at birth and progress gradually. Minor head trauma may accelerate symptoms. Gene testing would be neccessary. Its autosomal recessive so both parents would have to have an abnormal gene. ...Read more
Who is in danger?: If this is munchausen's by proxy -- an adult injures or sickens a child or lies, all in order to get them admitted to the hospital -- phone child protective services and fill out paperwork on them. If this is simply a person who is so desperate as to seek warmth by pretending to be sick, the family is probably already dysfunctional and drama is unlikely to help & may be disastrous -- be a friend. ...Read more
I have a healthy 15months old boy and preggo again.what are the chances of me having the second child with downs syndrom?
No different: Your chances are no different than they otherwise are for any other baby you might have. ...Read more
Does anyone know of any research on sweet syndrom? I have been diagnosed but only hear it is very rare. Not much info is available.
Sweet's syndrome: Characterized by the presence of white blood cells in the skin. Usually seen in neutropenic patients with cancer (acute leukemia). Present with red or bluish-red papules/nodules/plaques. Commonly at face, neck, and arms. Patients can also have high fevers. Treatment with high dose of steroids. Suggest to see dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to reduce the chances of my future children inheriting asperger's syndrom. I am a 30-year-old male with no kids. So, how much time do I have?
No one knows: Asperger's syndrome is not known to be inherited though genes are thought to play a role. If you are referring to a heightened incidence with an advanced fathers age autism is the full spectrum condition that has been connected to advancing age. Rule of thumb: men's genetic mutations double every 16 yrs. So sooner is better than later. ...Read more
ODD: Oppositional defiant disorder? Estimates suggest that 2%-16% of children and teens have odd. In younger children, odd is more common in boys. In older children, it occurs about equally in boys and in girls. It typically begins by age 8. Consult a mental health care provider for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Not rare: An acute autoimmune polyneuritis, often subsequent to influenza A infection, but may be associated with other post-infectious problems such as Campylobacter jejuni, EBV, mycoplasma infections, and even occurs with "tick paralysis". Usually self limited, but rarely becomes chronic in form of CIDP. Exact statistics not fully clear but not an uncommon outcome of some common infections. ...Read more
Auto-immune reaction: A triggered auto-immune reaction usually against the myelin of peripheral nerves. In a subset of individuals, the response is also directed at the nerve cells. This causes slowing of nerve conduction and motor weakness classically in an ascending pattern from the legs proximally. The attack may be so dramatic as to cause breathing difficulty requiring a respirator. Treatment options exist. ...Read more
Not usual but...: Kipple fiel is a rare genetic disorder w/ abnormal fusion of some of the cervical vertebra. Usually patients have a short neck, a low hairline, & decreased neck motion due to fusion . Treatment normally: surgery & physical therapy if symptomatic (some have no symptoms!). I could imagine that, in later life, if chronic pain, Cymbalta (duloxetine) or Pregabalin considered if surgery pt were not used in early life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vertebrobasilar : Artery. See: http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/vertebrobasilar-occlusion-and-vertebral-artery-syndromeGet a more detailed answer ›