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What is the cause of vertical ridges of finger nails leading to vertical split of nail? Any treatment?

What is the cause of vertical ridges of finger nails leading to vertical split of nail? Any treatment?

Normal: As people age it is normal to get vertical ridgesand splitting of the nails. Some people believe that if you use a moisturizer around the cuticles this will help. ...Read more

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Lack of lunula and discoloration of proximal side of nails?

Lack of lunula and discoloration of proximal side of nails?

Not a concern: Unless this is associated with nailbed discoloration or pigmentation. In some instances, it may be an indication of vitamin deficiency such as vitamn b12, c, and d as well as hypothyroidism, anemia, iron deficiency or associated hypoxemic states with congenital heart disease. ...Read more

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Can the degree of nearsightedness affect the size of the iris?

Can the degree of nearsightedness affect the size of the iris?

Nearsighted: No-- although nearsighted eyes are usually longer in front to back dimension. ...Read more

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Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?

Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?

Fairly common: Description for imaging by age 30 relating more to age relatd degenerative changes particularly at the lower two disc spaces ascwell as involving the small joints or articular processes of the back with two facet joints found at each disc level. This can be further affcted if one smokes ;/or obese. Genetics also play a role while ther is mixed data as to other possible environmental causes. ...Read more

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"Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?"

"Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?"

Varies : Increased sclerosis on the articular processes throughout the spine is another way to say you have diffuse arthritic changes in you spine. The end plate irregularity is harder to say without seeing the film, it can also represent a change seen in arthritis, but can also represent a fracture or even be seen in an infection of the vertebrae. You should see your doctor to go through it with you. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cause of appearance of fused ear lobes in some persons against the progression of evolution?

Please help! what is the cause of appearance of fused ear lobes in some persons against the progression of evolution?

That's silly: Evolution doesn't proceed in any particular direction. This is such a basic misunderstanding that if you heard it from a biology instructor, you should report that individual to their supervisor. It's the natural tendency of living things to differ from one another, more or less randomly. Please, to be literate in the 21st century, get a good book to understand basic biology. ...Read more

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What this is:echogenic basal plate along the peripheral margin of much of the placenta?

What this is:echogenic basal plate along the peripheral margin of much of the placenta?

Echolucent?: There is an echoluscent plate around the placenta on us that represents the nitabuch's layer where the placenta separates after childbirth. Its absence is abnormal and results in excessive bleeding with placenta accreta. ...Read more

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My Xray of both the knee joints shows that the epiphyses of the upper end of the tibia are in the process of fusion. Will its fusion increase height?

My Xray of both the knee joints shows that the epiphyses of the upper end of the tibia are in the process of fusion. Will its fusion increase height?

Not necessarily: That they are open means some growth is left, yet if they are far along in the process of fusion, no further growth is possible. The better area to assess growth potential are the bones of the wrist and hand. There are dozens of growth centers there and their sequence of closure has been studied and cataloged for docs to predict growth. ...Read more

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Why numbness of the feet could result as one of the chronic complications of uncontrolled hyperglycemia?

Why numbness of the feet could result as one of the chronic complications of uncontrolled hyperglycemia?

Diabetic neuropathy: High uncontrolled blood sugars cause damage to the micro vasculature to the nerves. This decreased blood flow to the nerves damages them causing the sensation of numbness and tingling. As the damage worsens you get chronic pain in the nerve distribution. ...Read more

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Are normal looking freckles on the sole of the foot or palm of the hand of any concern?

Are normal looking freckles on the sole of the foot or palm of the hand of any concern?

ABCD's….: Look to see if they are asymmetrical, have irregular borders, have different color or diameter greater than 6mm. Look to notice if there are any changes over time. A good dermatologist will use a dermascope to magnify the lesion and expect them closely, sometimes a naked eye can't give a proper diagnosis. When in doubt…biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

Muscle spasm: Commonly, muscle spasms may cause your neck to straighten. If there has been injury or arthritis of the vertebrae of the neck then the bony problem may be contributing to the straightening, . ...Read more

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Is edging exercise or ballooning can increase the girth of the penis?

Is edging exercise or ballooning can increase the girth of the penis?

EXCERSIZE: There is no data to support that idea in any peer reviewed journal. Most anything in moderation is ok. ...Read more

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What are the causes of reactive end plate changes in the cervical spine?

What are the causes of reactive end plate changes in the cervical spine?

Aging/activity: As we get older we develop some degree of osteoarthritis in many of our joints. The speed of these changes depends on the wear and tear/trauma or how much activity we have and are enduring. Reactive endplate changes may be considered some of the earliest changes in osteoarthritis we can get. In my opinion theses are common in people in their 40's and do not mean severe disease is going to occur. ...Read more

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What can be the cause/s of hump of the ribs underneath the breasts.Other than scoliosis.?

What can be the cause/s of  hump of the ribs underneath the breasts.Other than scoliosis.?

Sternal asymmetry: Your breast bone (sternum) can articulate with your ribs deeper, shallower, or in the center of your your rib cage. The former is called "pectus excavatum, " the next is called "pectus carinatum." both can cause the ribs to hump up in the chest. Both are innocuous. Check with your doctor for proper diagnosis and explanation. ...Read more

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Whould a cervical spine MRI show the cause of pressure, numbness, tenderness of the area at the base of the skull to the middle of the top of neck?

Whould a cervical spine MRI show the cause of pressure, numbness, tenderness of the area at the base of the skull to the middle of the top of neck?

It may or may not as: There are several different possibilities for your symptoms including none cervical spine ones-some may arise from the cervical spine but may also not be diagnosed by the MRI as well-tests are usually done to confirm or help to narrow done the possible causes after a careful history and exam is done by a physician who will then order the appropriate tests or referrals ...Read more

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What is the rate of occurrence of color blindness in the u.S.?

What is the rate of occurrence of color blindness in the u.S.?

About 8%: The standard statistics for inherited color deficiency is about 7.5% in males and 1/2 % in females. This can vary somewhat with different racial groups. The degree of color deficiency and the type are variable so your ophthalmologist can test you and see in which category you are if that is important to you and also give you information about your family possibilities. ...Read more

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