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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible For A Doctor To Diagnose Cirrhosis Without A Biopsy

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Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose cirrhosis without a biopsy?

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose cirrhosis without a biopsy?

Yes, clincal dx: Although cirrhosis is classically a biopsy diagnosis, it is not always needed if there is sufficient clinical, lab, and radiologic data to suggest the presence of cirrhosis. For example, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites), bleeding disorders, jaundice, lab abnormalities, confusion and certain appearance of the liver on imaging may suggest cirrhosis without the need for biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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It'd be possible that a doctor diagnose a malignant brain tumor just from an MRI or does a biopsy need to be done to diagnose it?

It'd be possible that a doctor diagnose a malignant brain tumor just from an MRI or does a biopsy need to be done to diagnose it?

Biopsy: There are some tumors which are pretty certain to be be malignant based on imaging alone. However, the only way to be 100% is to do a biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to detect cancer from a laparoscopy?

Is it possible for you to detect cancer from a laparoscopy?

Sometimes can: Zedar1, for a cancer to be seen on laparoscopy it has to be big enough to be seen and has to stand out from normal findings. Most laparoscopy is not to look for cancer so often does not look thoroughly at all the organs and surfaces. So given this, it would only be noticed if someone happen to see it by chance. If the laparoscopy is to look for cancer, it is more likely to see and biopsy things. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

Common for ? cancer: Bladder biopsy is necessary in all cases of suspected or proven bladder tumors. Suspected by abnormal appearing area/s or lesions in bladder lining. Necessary to make complete diagnosis when tumor is found by cystoscopy, ultrasound, ct or mri. Pathology of biopsy specimen helps to identify + grade type + severity of malignancy. As well as degree of invasion (stageing). Necessary to plan treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a nursing diagnosis for leukocytosis?

Is it possible to get a nursing diagnosis for leukocytosis?

I'm not sure: Leukocytosis means an elevated white blood cell count. This diagnosis can be made by looking at the results of a CBC (complete blood count), which is a lab test done on your blood. So a nurse can tell you that you have leukocytosis just by looking at this result. Reasons for leukocytosis include infection, inflammation, and stress! i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a gynecologist to detect cancer?

Is it possible for a gynecologist to  detect cancer?

Of course: Part of routine exam at your gynecologist visit is to screen for common cancers or to further evaluate any symptoms that could be due to an underlying cancer. The most basic exams that enable them to detect cancers are the history, physical exam ( breast exam, pelvic exam, lymph node exam) , mammograms and paps smears. If history merits they can also do ultrasounds and endometrial sampling. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a gynecologist to detect cancer?

Is it possible for a gynecologist to detect cancer?

Yes they can.: Part of a gynecologic evaluation is to look for cancers. This includes a general physical exam (possibly including a breast exam), a pelvic exam, and possibly a pap smear to detect an early cervix cancer or precancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cmml to be diagnosed without a CT scan?

Is it possible for cmml to be diagnosed without a CT scan?

Yes: Yes, it can be diagnosed with lab tests and bone marrow biopsy. CT is often in the workup, but may not be necessary to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a doctor conducting a physical to tell if you've had a liposuction before?

Is it possible for a doctor conducting a physical to tell if you've had a liposuction before?

Often yes.: There may be telltale signs of previous liposuction surgery. Skin contour irregularities, slight changes in the quality of the skin and/or small scars may be telltale signs. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a rectal hernia to occur? How would it be diagnosed?

Is it possible for a rectal hernia to occur? How would it be diagnosed?

Yes: It isn't called a rectal hernia. It is called a rectal prolapse. It usually only occurs in very old people, due to straining and weak pelvic muscles. If you see swollen areas around your anus, they are most likely hemorrhoids. See a doctor to get examined, and get treatment if needed. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible for a newly COPD diagnosis to cause a person to yawn a lot?

Is it possible for a newly COPD diagnosis to cause a person to yawn a lot?

May have OSA: In addition to copd, you should talk to your doctor about being tested for obstructive sleep apnea. This can cause prolonged episodes of not breathing while you are asleep and increased snoring. The result of this is that you do not sleep well and can cause daytime drowsiness which would cause you to yawn. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for a newborn to get a stomach tumor?

Please explain if it is possible for a newborn to get a stomach tumor?

Newborn: Yes, newborns can get abdominal tumors or be born with one. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Yes: Some time the person may not have a severe optic neuritis, or may have a mild symptom that is over looked by the patient. On occasion, on a routine eye exam many problems could be diagnosed including old or active optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Could it be malpractice for a doctor not to examine a patient?

Could it be malpractice for a doctor not to examine a patient?

Probably not: Until there is a direct relationship between a patient and the doctor involving record review, personal examination, testing, etc. - there is no relationship and no possibiliy of malpractice. Some doctors get caught up in this in the type of blanket accusations put forth by greedy malpractice attorneys but these are quickly thrown out at trial. ...Read more

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How is a pe diagnosed definitively, would a blood test give a definite result to determine this?

How is a pe diagnosed definitively, would a blood test give a definite result to determine this?

In short, no: A blood test called a d-dimer will tell you if there is increased likelihood of having a pe or a clot anywhere else if it is elevated. To diagnose, an imaging study is required, either a cat scan of the chest with angiogram or a v/q scan of the lungs to determine if any of the vessels are occluded. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to see a blastocyt on ultrasound?

Is it possible for you to see a blastocyt on ultrasound?

Too early for ultras: It is too early to dee on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a doctor to make an appointment after a skin biopsy?

Is it normal for a doctor to make an appointment after a skin biopsy?

It's ussual practic: Yes, doctor makes an appointment to discuss results of skin biopsy (not necessarry malignant) and treatment. If you worry very much take with you supportive relative or freind. Be well and strong. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an endometrial biopsy?

How common is it for someone to need an endometrial biopsy?

Biopsy: Endometrial biopsy is an office procedure to determine a possible cause of a woman's irregular or a heavy period. It is usually done in an office and do not require anesthesia. If your doctor wants to rule out a possible malignant process, a biopsy is usually done. ...Read more