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How serious or harmful is scoliosis?

How serious or harmful is scoliosis?

Most cases, not.: Idiopathic adolescent scoliosis is a the most common type of scoliosis diagnosed in pre-teens and teenagers. It is a curvature of the spine that can range is magnitude. The harm in scoliosis occurs with very large curves (>90 degrees) that can cause respiratory problems. Otherwise lesser curves can be treated with exercise, bracing, or surgery to prevent progression later in life. ...Read more

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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

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How serious or dangerous is the surgery to correct scoliosis?

How serious or dangerous is the surgery to correct scoliosis?

Major surgery: Scoliosis is major surgery. In experienced hands it is safe, but all surgery has risks. Depending on your age, health, curve location and severity, the risks can include bleeding that requires transfusion, infection, nerve damage (weakness, numbness), residual or new deformity, implant failure, medical problems, even death. Talk to your doctor about your situation. Consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, location, and how large your spinal canal (channel where the nerves and spinal cord are). If it pushes on your spinal cord and affects its function, it is potentially very serious. If it pushes on a nerve and there is enough irritation to lose strength and feeling that is progressive or severe, it is also a problem. Most herniations are not this serious, improving with time. ...Read more

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Generally speaking, is a fusiform abdominal aortic aneurysm considered to be a potentially serious problem? If so, in what way? Can it cause severe pain even if it doesn't "burst"?

Generally speaking, is a fusiform abdominal aortic aneurysm considered to be a potentially serious problem? If so, in what way? Can it cause severe pain even if it doesn't "burst"?

Potentially serious: An aneurysm's risk is related to leak or rupture. The chance of that happening is related to the size (diameter) of the largest cross section. The size is monitored and intervention is usually not suggested until it's >5cm. The other possible reason to intervene would be rapid growth of the aneurysm. In the WORST case, a free bleed from a rupture, you can bleed out all your blood into the abdomen. ...Read more

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What is ibs? Is it dangerous or life hazardous? will it be lifetime?

What is ibs? Is it dangerous or life hazardous? will it be lifetime?

No, no, maybe...: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, & among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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How serious is spondylolysis?

How serious is spondylolysis?

Spine defect: Spondylo means spine and lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6% of population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes: swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most are treated non operatively. They will not cause usually anything more than some pain in back & occasionally legs. ...Read more

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Is acquired scoliosis different than regular scoliosis and is it serious?

Is acquired scoliosis different than regular scoliosis and is it serious?

Yes: Regular or idiopathic scoliosis is usually a genetic basis whike acquired arises from a secondary issue like a back spadm, disc herniation or disc degeneration or even a tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is breast cancer?

How serious or dangerous is breast cancer?

It depends!: It depends on the type of breast cancer, the "stage" (ie how big or small, whether it has spread to lymph nodes), and other factors. Most breast cancer is detected early and cured. Left untreated, breast cancer can definitely lead to death. Overall, compared to other cancers, breast cancer has a very good prognosis. More than 85% of women are alive 5 years after diagnosis! ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

Need more info: Lumbar disease usually cannot cause myelopathy. Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord or an intrinsic brain disease. The spinal cord ends at about L1 (the upper most part of the lumbar spine) in most patients so lumbar disease (meaning the lower back area) doesn't cause spinal cord compression. A more specific question may be more helpful. ...Read more

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Could a mild scoliosis cause uneven legs? How is this treated? Should a mild cause of scoliosis be treated if it is found in someone around their 20s?

Could a mild scoliosis cause uneven legs? How is this treated? Should a mild cause of scoliosis be treated if it is found in someone around their 20s?

Varies.: mild scoliosis in and of itself usually does not need treatment in and of itself. The relationship between leg lengths and scoliosis verses. A leg length discrepancy can cause a mild scoliosis. scoliosis does not cause one leg to be longer than itself; but because it can be associated with an obliquity of the pelvis, it can make one leg appear to be longer. consider being seen if concerned. ...Read more

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What will happen if a person is having enlarged liver. Does it cause any harmful symptoms. Does this leads to liver cancer?

What will happen if a person is having enlarged liver. Does it cause any harmful symptoms. Does this leads to liver cancer?

Hepatitis: Enlarged liver is seen with liver disease due to various causes, common ones being viral, fatty infiltration or adverse drug effects. A basic evaluation with blood tests and an ultrasound should be initiated by your doctor. Depending on the cause found there may or may not be an association with cancer or cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How is urethroscopy done? Is it expensive? And does it cause any harmful or disturbing after effects?

How is urethroscopy done? Is it expensive? And does it cause any harmful or disturbing after effects?

Simple investigative: low risk procedure , a small telescope like instrument introduced into urethra , usually done to visualize congenital valves , strictures result of infections like gonococcal infections. Speak to your doctor risks . benefits and the cost in your area. ...Read more

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Is it possible or dangerous to exercise too much if one has a heart condition? Such as causing damage to heart?

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Is it possible or dangerous to exercise too much if one has a heart condition?  Such as causing damage to heart?

Exercise: Depends on the heart condition, how strenuous the exercise is, & what your tolerance is. Consult your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is accutane. does it really cause permanent joint damage and GI problems like IBS? can side effects be permanent?

How dangerous is accutane. does it really cause permanent joint damage and GI problems like IBS? can side effects be permanent?

Worth the risk: The claimed link to inflammatory bowel disease -- which I thought was just bad studies -- was laid to rest by a meta-analysis in 2016; anyone still talking should know this. The arthritis is rare and we know little about it -- whether it's cause and effect is unsettled. Acne is a grave social and professional liability. If you need this Rx, go for it with close guidance. ...Read more

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How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

Varies from not at : This varies from not at all to very serious. Treatment ranges from none to use of medication, exercise and sometimes epidural steroid injections to surgery. The only serious condition is when the stenosis leads to compression of the spinal cord leading to a condition known as a myleopathy. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a sprained lumbar?

How dangerous is a sprained lumbar?

It should not be: Dangerous for you, as long as it is just a sprained lumbar muscle or ligament, which is fairly common and you should recover in a few days. That is assuming it is the right diagnosis. If you are having pain radiate anywhere, then it may not be just a sprain. ...Read more

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If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

It depends: This is very difficult to answer as it depends on what the cause of your radiculopathies are. They do tend to resolve with time without significant intervention but there are some cases where permanent damage/disability can occur - this tends to be the more rare outcome. Your best bet is to review this with a spine surgeon, for a more detailed review. ...Read more

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Scoliosis (Definition)

An abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone in which part of the spine looks curved to ...Read more