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How to diagnose benign ms? Mri?

How to diagnose benign ms? Mri?

See below: Mri is currently best used to follow ms when a diagnosis has been made clinically. To my knowledge that has not been a documented study that evaluate MRI as the only diagnostic tool for ms. This may be the future, however. Findings on MRI are still somewhat nonspecific. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How to diagnose benign ms?

Benign MS: Benign MS occurs in about 15% of people with relapsing remitting MS. It means a person has 1-2 attacks of MS symptoms and no other symptoms the rest of their life. We cannot determine who has or does not have this form of MS, but it would be nice to be able to determine this. ...Read more

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Are mri's the best way to diagnose or rule out rheumatoid arthritis ?

Are mri's the best way to diagnose or rule out rheumatoid arthritis ?

A rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is your best resource for posssible rheumatoid arthtritis. It is usually diagnosed by a combination of blood tests and xrays of the hands or other affected areas. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

Xam immaging, labs: These 2 entities have very different causes and footprints. Ra = lab test 4 r usually positive, multipal joints involved sed rates high 50-60, immaging=destructive of joint from outter edge inward. Osteoporosis. Osteo films show spurs, joint narrowing. Labs wnl, sed rate may b up a little. No osteoporosis, but sclerosis, more dense bone best i can do in 400 or less. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a reninoma?

How to diagnose a reninoma?

Reninoma: Very high blood pressure, difficult to control, very high renin and aldosterone, low K, Do renal vein renin testing too see where it is coming from after excluding renal artery stenosis. I specialize in difficult HTN and happy to do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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Extensive tumor necrosis! how to diagnose, what to do?

Extensive tumor necrosis! how to diagnose, what to do?

Remove if possible: When tumor get very large and essentially loose blood supply necrosis can set in. If extensive, tumor necrosis syndrome develops and release of toxins into the blood stream can occur. At this point debulking of the lesion is beneficial. ...Read more

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How to diagnose stress fracture?

How to diagnose stress fracture?

Xray: An xray may show a fracture. If not, and there is a high clinical suspicion, an MRI or nuclear bone scan can be helpful. ...Read more

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How does MRI detect and identify possible diseases?

How does MRI detect and identify possible diseases?

MRI: Images you without ionizing radiation. It uses radiowaves and can detect many things be changing the contrast tronically. It is a fascinating and constantly changing technique so going to a university hospital is generally better. Ask for a 3t mri. Ask for a neuroradiologist or MRI specialist to read your study. ...Read more

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What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

MRI: An MRI of brain with and without contrast can be very diagnostic, but often MRI of neck added in ambiguous cases. The lumbar puncture certainly can be confirmatory, especially with elevated oligoclonal bands, but often is not necessary if other studies are convincing. We very rarely use evoked potentials these days, but might also assist in some cases. ...Read more

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What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

What tests besides lumbar puncture can be used to diagnose ms?

MRI: An MRI of brain with and without contrast can be very diagnostic, but often MRI of neck added in ambiguous cases. The lumbar puncture certainly can be confirmatory, especially with elevated oligoclonal bands, but often is not necessary if other studies are convincing. We very rarely use evoked potentials these days, but might also assist in some cases. ...Read more

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How could you diagnose juvenile arthritis?

How could you diagnose juvenile arthritis?

By careful history,: physical examination, and blood tests, as with most disease conditions. ...Read more

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How could radioisotopes help a doctor to diagnose brain tumour?

How could radioisotopes help a doctor to diagnose brain tumour?

Nuclear medicine/PET: Radiotracer examples include 18F-FDG and 18F-DOPA. Because of their increased metabolic demand, brain tumors will "light up" with the radiotracer on PET scans in comparison to non-cancerous areas of the brain. The role of nuclear medicine in diagnosing brain tumors is still in the early stages. MRI is still most often used. Reference: http://jnm.snmjournals.org/content/48/9/1468.full.pdf ...Read more

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Possible herniated cervical disc. How to diagnose it? Is MRI the only sure diagnosis?

Possible herniated cervical disc. How to diagnose it? Is MRI the only sure diagnosis?

Weakness and pain.: Usually a herniated disk causes pressure to be put on nerves of that area, causing pain. Cervical disk problems can be localized by a patterrn of motor weakness, and areflexia. This can be seen at the shoulder(c5), biceps(c6), triceps/finger and wrist extensors(c7), finger flexors(c8). Mri is great to comfirm the diagnosis, but it is expensive. See a good neuro. Doctor first. ...Read more

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Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

surgically excised: A pilonidal cyst, also referred to as a pilonidal abscess, pilonidal sinus or sacrococcygeal fistula, is a cyst or abscess near or on the natal cleft of the buttocks that often contains hair and skin debris. Sometimes, cyst is asymptomatic. Treatment may include antibiotic therapy, hot compresses and application of depilatory creams. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be surgically excised. ...Read more

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How to diagnostically evaluate for groin lump? What are the differential diagnosis? Examinations and investigations done to reach diagnosis?

How to diagnostically evaluate for groin lump?
What are the differential diagnosis? Examinations and investigations done to reach diagnosis?

Need to see your Dr.: When evaluating patients w/groin lumps, possibilities include hernias, enlarged lymph nodes, & fatty tumors, all of which may feel similar. The best place to start is with a primary care doctor. While ct scans and/or an ultrasound can be helpful, a careful exam by a general surgeon may be the only test needed. ...Read more

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Can MRI help to diagnose rotator cuff syndrome?

Can MRI help to diagnose rotator cuff syndrome?

Yes, along with exam: Mri is an excellent imaging choice to further define shoulder problems. Usually, MRI is most valuable after a medical consultation and physical examination by a shoulder specialist. That physician can then best correlate MRI findings with clinical findings and determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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How to treat degenerative arthritis?

How to treat degenerative arthritis?

It depends: It depends on the area involved and the severity of involvement. Medications, injections, physical therapy and surgery may or may not be options. It depends. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more