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Definitions: 1) etiology = what's the cause? 2) idiopathic = "we don't know" 3) petit mal is a specific form of epilepsy only seen in childhood where a person briefly (seconds) blanks out usually without a convulsion. However, sometimes the term is wrongly applied to the symptoms in adults, where it can be another kind of epilepsy, or a non-epileptic medical/psychiatric condition. ...Read more
In a problem of unknown etiology, a prediagnosis by the dr for the radiologist is bad b/c then the radiologist is prejudiced and misses imp info?
Not necessarily: Radiologists are trained to be as objective as possible when reviewing imaging studies. Yes, it is possible for the radiologist to be biased by an established diagnosis, but most radiologists are taught to be very thorough and come to conclusions based on the imaging findings regardless of the clinical information. In most cases, clinical info is helpful to narrow down differential diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My testicular length has shrunk from 5 to 3.4 cm. How can I reverse this? I do not use steroids but have chronic epididymitis of unknown etiology.
Testicular size: There is nothing you can do to increase the size of your testicles. My biggest concern is why you have chronic epididymitis at age 21. Have you been exposed to std's? Have you had mumps? I would recommend a urological workup to rule out other possible causes of your problem. ...Read more
If you have a disease of unknown etiology that could possibly be contagious, could the CDC test the individual for pathogens? Would u b quarantined?
It's complicated : Excellent question- first, your primary care doctor will test for common diseases; if no diagnosis, your doctor will refer you to a specialist- for tough cases, an id specialist is recommended. If no diagnosis, then you can be referred to the national institutes of health rare diseases section. Unless others around you get ill, quarantine is not needed. ...Read more
Leg pain and swelling of unknown etiology. Doctors are calling it chronic. If it was never properly diagnosed how does it go from acute to chronic?
More consults???: Consult with a Vascular Surgeon, Functional Medicine specialist, Nutritionist. What is your BMI? What is your BP? How active are you.. do you sit long periods at a time. What is your diet like? Has lymphedema been ruled out. What are the results of your plasma proteins, plasma osmolality/osmolarity? There are many factors to consider. ...Read more
Have appt for 2nd opinion on ruptured septated mass of unknown etiology. Current options=lupron or surgery, no other testing done. Can cause be found?
Surgery: If you have a complex mass that is ruptured, it poses a problem. First of all pain and or infection can results. Second of all it could be a tumor or some sort, cancerous or not cancerous. If it is endometriosis and ruptured then it can be a real problem. So most doctors would recommend a surgical diagnosis if the mass is persistent and especially if it is rupturing. Could cause long term problems. ...Read more