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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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I was diagnosed idiopathic interstitial lung disease on 23-02-2012.I suffer frm severe breathlessness aggravated after bathing, talking& least exertion?

I was diagnosed idiopathic interstitial lung disease on 23-02-2012.I suffer frm severe breathlessness aggravated after bathing, talking& least exertion?

Not sure the ?: Interstitial lung disease are a group of diseases in which the lungs become inflamed, develop scar tissue, and become stiff. Breathing becomes difficult. They may or may not respond to some therapies like anti-inflammatory medicine ( steroids) the specific ild you have matters a great deal. Idiopathic just means the cause is unknown. You should talks about specifics with your dr. , . ...Read more

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How can idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura disease be cured ? What medicines do you need to take?

How can idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura disease be cured ?  What medicines do you need to take?

Can be cured: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp) is an immune-mediated lowering of the platelet count. Normally platelets help protect us from bleeding. The initial treatment for itp is often a steroid medication such as Prednisone but other treatments can be used. It is a curable disease but in some people it becomes a recurrent or chronic problem. ...Read more

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Internal defibrillator implanted for VT with no structural heart disease, (idiopathic). Only 20 years old. Is longevity affected by this?

Internal defibrillator implanted for VT with no structural heart disease, (idiopathic). Only 20 years old. Is longevity affected by this?

Ventricular Tachy: You need to discuss this with your cardiologist. Generally VT without structural or functional heart disease is low risk for shortening longevity. Without knowing more about you, it isn't possible to give you reassurance from out here. ...Read more

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What is the rare renal disease called idiopathic collapsing glomeralpathy(icg)?

What is the rare renal disease called idiopathic collapsing glomeralpathy(icg)?

FSGS: Collapsing glomerulopathy is a variant of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. In the past it was linked to HIV but there have been many cases in which the cause is unknown (hence it is termed idiopathic). ...Read more

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Is most generalized granuloma annulare idiopathic or related to disease?

Is most generalized granuloma annulare idiopathic or related to disease?

Granuloma Annulare: Causes, incidence, and risk factors granuloma annulare most often affects children and young adults. It is slightly more common in girls. The condition is usually seen in otherwise healthy people. Occasionally, it may be associated with diabetes or thyroid disease. Its cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Granuloma annulare is considered idiopathic. Origin, trajectory, cure are all enigmatic. What is the state of research into this widespread disease?

Self-limiting: I'm unaware of any major research efforts as granoloma annulare is not known to pose any significant risks and generally self-resolves in about 1 year. ...Read more

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I have both systemic lupus/sjogrens overlap & used to have idiopathic central diabetes inspidus. Could the diseases somehow be related?

I have both systemic lupus/sjogrens overlap & used to have idiopathic central diabetes inspidus. Could  the diseases somehow be related?

"Used to"?: Hi. I'm unclear...did your central DI spontaneously resolve? We don't expect to see that, and it makes me question the original diagnosis of DI in the first place. There appears to be an autoimmune cause of at least a subset of idiopathic central DI, and this is more likely in the setting of other autoimmune diseases (SLE, Sjögren's), but it doesn't spontaneously go away. Ergo, I can't say. ...Read more

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Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension looks to be a pretty rare disease? Is this true? I was looking up numbers online. How many people in us have it?

Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension looks to be a pretty rare disease? Is this true? I was looking up numbers online. How many people in us have it?

IPAH: The number of patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (ipah) is felt to be around 5, 000 in the United States based on a prevalence of 15 per million. ...Read more

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I am suffering from idiopathic myosotis with interstitial lung disease and rhematoid arthritis !iwas wondering what the outlook will be tks?

I am suffering from idiopathic myosotis with interstitial lung disease and rhematoid arthritis !iwas wondering what the outlook will be tks?

Depends on lungs: It sounds like you have an overlap syndrome with an inflammatory arthritis as well as inflammation of your muscles and lungs. In this situation my experience has been that the biggest problem is often related to the severity of the interstitial pneumonitis. Relatively speaking, there effective therapies for both Rheumatoid Arthritis as the myositis so I think those will be well-controlled. ...Read more