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How Many Different Diseases Can Be Found In The Urinary System
I understand that an antibody screen can be used to detect a certain type of pneumonia, among other conditions. Can it also be used to identify various infections in the way that blood cultures can?
Yes but: Usually an elevated IgM response to a particular organism indicates an acute infection. However doing IgM ab to a whole panel of bacteria is expensive and many of the tests are not available. The culture method is the default test but can be false-negative in many cases. In the future, I believe PCR analysis of bacterial DNA or a bacterial DNA microarray assays will likely be the way to go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What tests are there that can pinpoint a chemical imbalance in the body? Can the ci that causes gallstones also be the ci in the body causing pvc's?
Lab testing: Many basic lab blood test can detect these types of things. ...Read more
How many cases of Ebola are there in the US as of today? and how many are being evaluated for the disease?
Ebola: 3 US aid workers were treated at Emory Univ. Hosp in Atlanta. 2 at Nebraska Med Ctr in Omaha, 1 at Texas Presbyterian Hosp, Dallas wi admission yesterday of a man for whom the disease needs to be ruled in or out. Ebola was ruled out for a physician at NIH. A # of contacts for the Nigerian National (who just died in Dallas) are being medically monitored. Obviously, this # is subject to change . ...Read more
Kidney number: The least invasive and an effective way to check the number of kidneys that a person has is to have an ultrasound of the kidneys performed. There is no radiation and the number of kidneys can be determined immediately. ...Read more
Disease of adults: Multiple myeloma is not a very common disease. It accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers multiple myeloma is a disease of older adults. The median age at diagnosis is 66 years; only 10 and 2 % of patients are younger than 50 and 40 years, respectively. It is not a disease of teenager. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : Tests need to be done first to determine the specific organism, then treatment of the infestation and its consequences can be initiated. See your doctor. ...Read more
Pus cells in: Urine means infection in the urinary tract. In males, it can be from urethritis (gc or chlamydia most likely), prostatitis, bladder infection, or kidney infection. You need accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, or you can get acutely ill or develop life long problems. Get medical help immediately. ...Read more
What are the comman causes of cists? Can they be present from birth? Can they muliple or travell? Are they connected to strep and straph infections?
Clarify please: What location of the body? What type of cysts? Please clarify & re-ask question. ...Read more
I have read that many different organisms can cause pid, but gonorrhea and chlamydia are most common... So what are the other types of organisms?
E coli: Is the bug i've seen most commonly associated with pid or tubo-ovarian abscess. This bacterium is very abundant in the GI tract. ...Read more
How can you differentiate between endometriosis, which causes bleeding in the rectum and bladder, and other diseases of these two organs?
A pathogen is a germ: So whatever pathogen you pick - you can read about 'what' diseases they cause. Influenza virus for example, causes 'the flu' which is influenza infection. One germ can cause more than one disease too - for example 'varicella' or the chicken pox germ can cause chicken pox, but it can also cause 'shingles' or herpes zoster. You might want to look on wikipedia for 'general' information of this sort. ...Read more
If some common infections can cause cancer(epstein-barr, h pylori) how are these tested for? And if positive, how are they eliminated from the body?
Any symptoms?: Both of these infections are almost universal and do not need to be treated if there are no symptoms. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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