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How Common Is Cysticercosis As A Complication Of Tapeworms
It Shouldn't be: Gangrene, essentially death of the colon should almost never be seen in this day and age if you are being followed by a GI or colorectal surgeon. It is a very late stage of ischemia and infection and most people will present to the hospital or their doctors long before it gets that bad. The exception would be if you take large amounts of steroids which may mask the signs and symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uncertain how common: Information on the approximate percentage of rocky mountain spotted fever patients who get sepsis is hard to find. Nowadays, with antibiotic treatment, the rmsf fatality rate is 4%. A rough guess on the percentage with sepsis could be 20%-25%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common.: A low grade temperature (high 99s to 100s) is common with diverticulitis. Usually people have left lower abdominal pain (70% of people). It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting (20-60%), constipation (50%), or diarrhea (25-35%). However, if you have no fever, but have all the other symptoms, see your doctor, because you can still have diverticulitis without a temperature! cheers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more
What kind of disease is Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and how is it different from regular tuberculosis?
Yersinia etc: The FUZZ! Thats very interesting. I've never heard of this bug. The names of bugs refer normally to likeness between the bugs so I would imagine the name comes from the Yersinia ( used to be called Pastereurella) and pseudo TB because the bug looks like a large mycobacterium TB cell. I will research it and answer this question again in a bit. Nice question! ;-)) ...Read more
Rapid, thready pulse: Many different causes -- treatment and prognosis depends on the cause. ...Read more
Ingestion: Current research suggests that the primary method of infection in animals is through ingestion. Knowledge in this field is in the formative stages, and research is continuing, trying to elucidate the means of transmission. Good news: clearly, occurrence is not common in humans; and when it occurs in animals, e.g. "mad cow disease", is isolated and eliminated, thus no spread. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I heard the bornavirus is a major cause of bipolar disorder. How common is this virus in the U.S.?
Not likely accurate: "Absence of evidence for bornavirus infection in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22290118) indicates "Our results argue strongly against a role for BDV in the pathogenesis of these psychiatric disorders." ...Read more
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