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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

Exam, x-rays, labs: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. X-rays can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more


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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is lymphoma?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is lymphoma?

Biopsy results: Lymphoma refers to cancer of the lymph glands. The typical test to confirm a diagnosis is by biopsy of the suspicious lymph node. In some cases a biospy may not be necessary ut blood tests and bone marrow bipsies can be helpful. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is anemia?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is anemia?

Low red blood count: If you have symptoms and signs suggestive of anemia like tiredness, pale mucus membranes or obvious bleeding, your doctor will run a blood test indicating the percent of red blood cells in your blood, the parameters of the cells to determine if you do not make enough or are nutritionally deficient, etc. This is a usually obvious diagnosis but the cause takes a little work to find out. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is hematocele?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is hematocele?

Hematocele: Scrotal hematoma.....Blood in scrotum....Is very obvious, the scrotum will be black/blue.....Like an egg plant.....If just swollen it is edema or a hydrocele.... ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is mumps?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is mumps?

Signs and symptoms: Mumps almost always causes painful swelling of the parotid glands and fever. In adults it may also inflammation of the testis, pancreas and nerve damage. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is c-section complications?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is c-section complications?

Experience: A qualified physician not only knows how to avoid complications, they must also know how to recognize them & fix the problem. Whether it's from infection, injury, hemorrhage, or trauma; an experienced ob/gyn knows how to keep you safe, correctly explain the complication, and help you understand what it means in regards to your health. A good doc will tell you exactly what happened. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is hirschsprung’s disease?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is hirschsprung’s disease?

Delayed BM in nursry: Normal newborns have a bm (stool/poop) in the first 48 hours. Failure to do so along with distended abdomen and vomiting may indicate hirschsprung's disease in which part of the colon has abnormal nerves. Biopsy of the colon makes the diagnosis. Some babies/children may be diagnosed later in which case the symptoms may be a little different (chronic constipation). A contrast enema helps diagnose. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

Whole picture: Agree with dr. Rosenfeld about shoulder & hip pain. Also, age 50+, high sedimentation rate (blood test), and exquisite response to Prednisone are part of the whole picture which support a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is compression neuropathies?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is compression neuropathies?

Examination: A good physical examination can diagnose a compression neuropathy. This diagnosis can be confirmed with tests such as mris and emgs(nerve tests). ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is puncture wound of the knee?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is puncture wound of the knee?

History & physical: Usually by performing a history and physical examination with possible radiologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is bone metastases?

Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is bone metastases?

Usually: Bone metastases are where cancer from one site (breast, prostate, lung) spreads through the blood and begins to grow in the bone. This can have a characteristic appearance on scans. The way to prove it is cancer is to take a biopsy. However, if cancer has already been diagnosed, bone metastases can be diagnosed by a characteristic bone scan or other radiographic test. ...Read more

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What is the difference if you got hit on the nose, anyplace. How do you know if the bone or cartilage is broken or is it the nerves that is hurting?

What is the difference if you got hit on the nose, anyplace. How do you know if the bone or cartilage is broken or is it the nerves that is hurting?

Broken Nose: If the nose is hit/struck, a broken nose usually causes black eyes. A broken nose is essentially not painful. A very painful nose might be due to a localized staph infection and needs treatment. ...Read more

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What happens if the bone tumor is detected as cancerous then what is the probability that she will recover with medicine?

Depends on primary: Depends what the primary site causing the metastasis is. When tumors of the lung spread to bone, even with standard chemotherapy, the prognosis is poor though improving with some of the immunologic agents like the PD-1's. With breast cancer to bone, most patients receiving hormone therapy or chemo if triple negative can survive for 10 yrs. ...Read more

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What is HPV of the mouth? What are the symptoms and how is it treated. Once infected how long does the take to go away?

What is HPV of the mouth? What are the symptoms and how is it treated. Once infected how long does the take to go away?

HPV: Hpv (human papilloma virus) causes warts inside the mouth and in the genital organs, affects both males and females and causes increased risk of cancer in the mouth, cervix, and rectal and anal regions. Oral lesions are white and painless. Treatment is excisional biopsy. Prevention by hpv vaccine (3 doses in 6mo) for males and females preferably before engaging in sexual intercourse and oral sex. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a tooth infection has spread to lungs then what is the treatment, extraction?

Can you tell me if a tooth infection has spread to lungs then what is the treatment, extraction?

SERIOUS!: I hope this hasn't happened to you and it just reinforces the importance of not letting dental or medical problems go untreated. Have your physician treat you medically and for the lung infection and have your dentist discuss your options regarding all your dental needs. Lesson learned. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if osteosarcoma is in the bone, if it depends, couldnt the bone or limb just be amputated?

Can you tell me what you suggest if osteosarcoma is in the bone, if it depends, couldnt the bone or limb just be amputated?

Local therapy...: The treatment of osteosarcoma involves surgery and systemic chemotherapy. Depending on the exact location of the osteosarcoma, size, and how well it has responded to therapy, sometimes limb sparing surgery is performed (remove the tumor and replace that segment with bone from donor (cadaver)), or an amputation is performed. In almost all cases, chemo is also needing to prevent metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take to see the signs of an std?

How long does it take to see the signs of an std?

Depends on the STD: You could have an STD and be asymptomatic — without any signs or symptoms. In fact, this happens with a lot of STDs. Even though you have no symptoms, you're still at risk of passing the infection along to your sex partners. That's why it's important to use protection, such as a condom, during sex. And visit your doctor on a regular basis for STD screening. ...Read more

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What is a burst ankle bursa and how does one determine if that is the problem and what is the proper treatment?

What is a burst ankle bursa and how does one determine if that is the problem and what is the proper treatment?

Ankle Bursa: A bursa is a fluid filled sac between tendon and bone that can act as a cushion, the "ankle bursa" is usually associated with the bursa sac near your achilles tendon/ heel cord. Having it "burst" could mean it ruptured or popped, and generally there is pain and swelling associated with this. Usually, the recommended treatment is antiinflammatory medication, rest, cut-out back of the shoe, pt. ...Read more

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Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Yes,it usually hurts: Please see a dr soon.Bone infections are very dangerous and often need surgery and long term IV antibiotics to treat.X-ray or ct may assist in diagnosis, with exam, CBC and sed rate. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more