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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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Doc I would to ask what is etiology and what is idiopathic? And wahat is petit mal?

Doc I would to ask what is etiology and what is idiopathic? And wahat is petit mal?

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

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How does one get fever of unknown etiology?

How does one get fever of unknown etiology?

Unknown: As dr. Dretler has suggested, this is a medical definition of a condition which may be due to numerous causes. Usually the best way to resolve this is to be evaluated by an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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.

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

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Can immunomodulators cause bruising? What else can cause painless bruising of unknown etiology?

Can immunomodulators cause bruising? What else can cause painless bruising of unknown etiology?

Possibly: Some immunomodulators can cause low platelet #s which can lead to bruising as well as bleeding. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How about patient with cough, stuffy nose, and fever < 7 days, given antibiotic because of unknown etiology virus or bacteria?

How about patient with cough, stuffy nose, and fever < 7 days, given antibiotic because of unknown etiology virus or bacteria?

Antibiotics: Overused and abused, but cannot tell you whether or not you needed these, because did not see and examine you. From what you say in your question it sounds like a viral illness for which you do not need antibiotics, but your doctor may know better. ...Read more

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What is infectious etiology mean?

What is infectious etiology mean?

Organism: It means that the cause of a medical condition is an infectious organism: bacterium, virus, parasite, or fungus. ...Read more

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What is the etiology of salpingitis?

What is the etiology of salpingitis?

PID: Salpingitis is an inflammation of the fallopian tubes and uterus, also known as pid or pelvic inflammatory disease. This is most commonly caused by chlamydia and is generally a sexually transmitted disease. This can cause a lot of pain and, if not treated, permanent scaring that can lead to infertility and/or ectopic pregnancy. See you doc right away if this is you! ...Read more

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Etiology of DNA mutations?

Etiology of DNA mutations?

Replication error: Most changes in dna come from errors in the duplication of the dna. But changes can occur in the structure from radiation and some chemicals especially those used in chemotherapy. Most mutations are harmless, some are tracked down by your normal reparative mechanism but a few can cause trouble including cancer. ...Read more

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What is the etiology of ewing sarcoma?

What is the etiology of ewing sarcoma?

No body know: For sure what the etiology a lot research are going on. ...Read more

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What does infectious etiology mean?

What does infectious etiology mean?

It means: That the condition or symptom was caused by an infection. ...Read more

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What is the etiology for hellp syndrome?

What is the etiology for hellp syndrome?

Severe Pre Eclampsia: Hellp syndrome is a form of severe pre eclampsia that is characterized by elevated blood pressures +protein in the urine, he - hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells), el-elevated liver enzymes and lp-low platelet count. Patients may experience severe headaches, blurred vision, abdominal pain, nausea, swelling... Most often this occurs late in the pregnancy. The cause for hellp is unknown. ...Read more

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Possible risk factor, and etiology of iugr?

Possible risk factor, and etiology of iugr?

Multifactorial: There are a number of medical conditions preexisting in the mother that can increase risk of iugr, including hypertension, lupus, kidney disease, and sickle cell; fetal conditions such as abnormal chromosomes; twins or more; infection, placental disorders, smoking, and poor diet, as well as history of iugr in a prior pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the etiology of chest pain?

Life-threatening...: These are a few of the life-threatening causes (does not have to be very severe pain): 1) heart attack or impending heart attack, 2) aortic dissection (tearing of the aorta) which can lead to sudden death, 3) pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the vessels of the lung), and 4) booerhave's syndrome (rupture of the esophagus). ...Read more

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What is the etiology & pathology of asthma?

What is the etiology & pathology of asthma?

.: Inflammation in the airways causing construction if airways by spasm. Multiple reasons- genetic, environmental, allergens, exercise. ...Read more

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What is the etiology & pathology of asthma in layman terms?

What is the etiology & pathology of asthma in layman terms?

Chronic inflammation: Asthma pathology is ongoing inflammation (swelling, mucus) in the small airways of the lungs, twitchy airways that constrict leading to cough and wheezing. Asthma is more common in people with allergies, children exposed to cigarette smoke, children who had RSV virus, low birth weight preemie infants, certain occupations with chemical/allergen exposure. Exact etiology is still being investigated. ...Read more

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Lattice reviewed 2 days ago- no vitreoretinal etiology found. Last night I noticed flashes in peripheral vision during (not after) hard cough. Normal?

Lattice reviewed 2 days ago- no vitreoretinal etiology found. Last night I noticed flashes in peripheral vision during (not after) hard cough. Normal?

Depends: Lattice can be a site of weakness with retinal jiggling causing the light flashes. If it only happens when you cough, and not in between and you see no new floaters and the vision remains good, then you can wait it out. If the flashing is continuous or the other factors appear, then have your ophthalmologist (you are not of course seeing an optometrist for this-right?), check it out again. ...Read more

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What's the etiology of chronic leukemia?

What's the etiology of chronic leukemia?

Wish I knew.: There is some evidence that excessive exposure to chemicals such as benzene may lead to an increased incidence of chronic myeloid leukemia, and excessive exposure to radiation has also been implicated. Cllhas been linked to pesticide exposure in some-but not all-studies. In animals, diseases like cll are usually caused by a virus. In practice a doctor rarely finds the cause of a patients leukemia. ...Read more

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Is the etiology of eating disorders always related to weight?

Is the etiology of eating disorders always related to weight?

Eating Disorders: The underlying reason for eating disorders in my experience is usually feelings of inadequacy and fear of conflict. Best. ...Read more

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What is the best current information on the etiology of autism?

What is the best current information on the etiology of autism?

No single answer: We still lack a detailed understanding of exactly what autism is, in terms of the parts of the brain affected and the causes for those effects. Researchers continue to explore lots of different leads, and genetics certainly plays an important role. Environmental causes are much more controversial but probably play a role too. It is clear there is not single cause. ...Read more

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Please describe the most current information on the etiology of autism?

Please describe the most current information on the etiology of autism?

NOT vaccines: > 30 known genetic syndromes have autism & intellectual disability in their developmental profile. Copy-repeat errors are found on genetic microarray in ~15% of people with asd. Epigenetic factors, e.g., ? maternal folate (folic acid) levels, the flu, rubella, alcohol & drugs change the function, but not the structure or sequence of fetal genes. Unknown factors trigger the expression of these altered genes. ...Read more

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Can an astigmatism become slightly worse without the presence of another etiology? Am correctable to 20/20.

Can an astigmatism become slightly worse without the presence of another etiology? Am correctable to 20/20.

Yes: Astigmatism can slowly change over time - sometimes better and sometimes worse. This depends upon a number of factors but is it something you cannot control. The changes mostly, however, are small and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What could be the etiology of a 30 year-old white male redhead be suffering from if he coughed up a little blood?

What could be the etiology of a 30 year-old white male redhead be suffering from if he coughed up a little blood?

Myriad: While being readheaded likely has nothing to do with it, this could be anything from a nosebleed to lung infection. See your primary care doc for a general physical +/- chest x-ray. ...Read more

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What is mitral insufficiency's etiology?

What is mitral insufficiency's etiology?

Structural problems: The most common causes of mitral regurgitation are: myxomatous valve degeneration/valve prolapse, ischemic heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, rupture chordae/papillary muscle, endocarditis. ...Read more

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What is the etiology of tracheomalacia after bypass?

What is the etiology of tracheomalacia after bypass?

Not sure: Cannot think of connection between bypass surgery and tracheomalacia. .. May have already had undiagnosed tracheomalacia, but diagnosed by anesthesiologist or intensivist while intubated for your bypass surgery. .. Also prolonged mechanical ventilator support, with prolonged intubation may have caused inflammation of your trachea that may have caused some weakening of your tracheal cartilages. ...Read more