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Is there a danger to my life from bladder diseases?

Is there a danger to my life from bladder diseases?

Yes: Although no one should suffer a fatality from a simple bladder/urinary tract infection; if left untreated something simple can lead to a systemic blood infection and become potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Is this sugeury life threating partial sugeruy on kidney to remove a toumer that has cancer in it they are going to remove 1/5 of kidney is this life threating?

Is this sugeury life threating partial sugeruy on kidney to remove a toumer that has cancer in it  they are going to remove 1/5 of kidney is this life threating?

While : While all surgery entails some risk the key is balancing the underlying problem and potential benefits. A well qualified urologic surgeon should evaluate these risks and benefits. Bleeding and urine leak are the two most common complications but should be manageable by a well trained experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts? Could we ever reach a day where cancer is no longer a fatal disease?

What are your thoughts? Could we ever reach a day where cancer is no longer a fatal disease?

May be: Cancer is not one disease. Some types of cancers are curable, e.g. Most leukemias in children, some lymphomas, early colon and breast cancers. We can hope that medical science will progress enough to be able to cure all cancers. ...Read more

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Sometimes my friend suffers from attack of headache which last for about 30 sec or so. Is there is something serious?

Sometimes my friend suffers from attack of headache which last for about 30 sec or so. Is there is something serious?

Brief Headaches: Need to know much more information on this. 30 second headaches are likely muscle spasm/tension but need to know the frequency, when did they start, where are they located, does anything make them better or worse, are they associated with any other symptoms, etc... ...Read more

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Is there a way to link my Lung Nodules to the extreme levels of Aspergillosis (and a handful of other bad molds) I was living in? -Steven

Is there a way to link my Lung Nodules to the extreme levels of Aspergillosis (and a handful of other bad molds)  I was living in?

-Steven

Possible but: One needs to rule out other conditions which may be associated with lung nodules (previous exposure to pathogenic fungi , sarcoid etc) and to confirm the diagnosis with lab testing etc. before one can draw any conclusion. Of course the chronology of the exposure is also every important. ...Read more

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My fiance is a quad. As a result of an auto accident. Are there any suggestions on how to help prevent kidney and bladder infections?

My fiance is a quad. As a result of an auto accident. Are there any suggestions on how to help prevent kidney and bladder infections?

Clean cathing: The literature is rather clear on the fact that nitrofurantoin, methenamine, vitamin c or cranberry pills do not lower the risk of utis anymore than placebo. The risk of chronic Nitrofurantoin use is pulmonary fibrosis which is to be avoided at all cost, especially in a tetraplegic person. Use clean cathing to avoid contamination and cath often to prevent urine stagnation and bacterial growth. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell drug/medication damage on liver biopsy from disease process (for a child) ?

Is there a way to tell drug/medication damage on liver biopsy from disease process (for a child)
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Sort of: There are some drugs, such as acetominophen (tylenol) that cause a certain typed damage to the liver structure. Some chemotherapeutic agents can do the same thing. Otherwise, likely it will be difficult to distinguish from other types of liver damage, especially if there is a known liver disease. ...Read more

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If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go? Thank you.

If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go?  Thank you.

Should be painless: Death by renal failure should be a smooth, painless death. One has to be sure his doctor and the nurses are courageous enough to use adequate doses of medications to prevent pain and distress during dying. The hospice can help. A website with a more complete description is: http://dying.About.Com/od/thedyingprocess/f/dying_of_kidney_failure.Htm. ...Read more

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If someone has a fear of a disease and constantly dwells on it, how can the mind create real symptoms of the disease? Like if they fear cancer.

If someone has a fear of a disease and constantly dwells on it, how can the mind create real symptoms of the disease? Like if they fear cancer.

It can happen: Hello- the mind is very powerful. A very striking example is a woman who is not pregnant, but thinks she is pregnant, may develop a large abdomen, nausea, etc. It seems cancer has been ruled-out in your case, which is great news. Please see a mental health professional to help you with your anxiety. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a law blood pressure of 90/60. Is there any danger that a damage might be caused to the peripheral heart nerves and should i take a medication?

I have  a law blood pressure of 90/60. Is there any danger that a damage might be caused to the peripheral heart nerves and should i take a medication?

If you are healthy: with a normal blood pressure of 90/60 & no symptoms- then I would not worry. However, if you are ill and this is a marked drop in your normal blood pressure - would discuss that further with your physician. ...Read more

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If someone has a left pelvic kidney are there serious problems that may come in the future? And is there anyway of fixing that kidney?

If someone has a left pelvic kidney are there serious problems that may come in the future? And is there anyway of fixing that kidney?

Fix only if injury: Pelvic kidneys(ectopic) is more mobile (lacks normal attachment) than normally located kidneys. Usually pelvic kidney is smaller. The collecting system and ureter can kink causing hydronephrosis or dilated collecting system. This can increase incidence of stones and infection. Blunt trauma to the pelvis can damage kidney. If in contact sports, need protective wear. Many people have no problems. ...Read more

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How likely are you going to get lyme disease from tick bites in the UK? What are the real risks? Is overgrown garden a risk too?

How likely are you going to get lyme disease from tick bites in the UK? What are the real risks? Is overgrown garden a risk too?

Interesting question: Lyme disease has wide distribution in the USA but I am not aware of it being prevalent in the UK. I have been in practice for 50 years and have treated many patients who are world travelers without any of them coming back from the UK with Lyme disease. You might want to call the local medical society in your region if you are still concerned. I have traveled through out England without any concern ...Read more

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I have heard there is a bit of a struggle between cardiologists and nephrologists; something about the heart vs. The kidneys. Any insights for why?

I have heard there is a bit of a struggle between cardiologists and nephrologists; something about the heart vs. The kidneys.  Any insights for why?

Too wet or too dry?: A weak heart (CHF) would like the cirulation to be "dry" i.e. Less fluid overload, in order to function better. The weak kidneys (chronic kidney disease or acute kidney injury) slows down if the circulation is dry. There is usually a happy medium between the two systems that both cardiologists and nephrologists are looking for. Also, some cardiac medicines slow down kidneys raising some debates. ...Read more

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Is there a medical disease or psychological disorder that can prevent you from going near the ocean?

Is there a medical disease or psychological disorder that can prevent you from going near the ocean?

Fear: Psychological terms are hydrophobia & aquaphobia. Dynamics could involve past scary experiences involving water in open spaces or accident in areas where there was water, such as near drowning. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to send my toddler to a preschool ~150 feet from a highway? Could this cause asthma, childhood cancers, or other health issues?

Is it unhealthy to send my toddler to a preschool ~150 feet from a highway?  Could this cause asthma, childhood cancers, or other health issues?

Preschool: We are all exposed to city pollution if you live in an urban area, and while you want to provide the healthiest environment for your child, they are more likely at that age in a preschool to get sick from other children there than the environment. ...Read more

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Is there a safe cholesterol lowering drug that isnt a risk for diabetes, I'm a 55 y/o woman and scared i can get the disease from the meds! Advice?

Is there a safe cholesterol lowering drug that isnt a risk for diabetes,  I'm a 55 y/o woman and scared i can get the disease from the meds! Advice?

Need more info: It is not feasible to make a suggestion, without knowing more about your health. Drugs may not be needed to lower cholesterol, if you can make the requisite life style changes. You may consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20181958 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do to prevent death from heart attack? Especially when there is no one with medical experience around?

What is the best thing to do to prevent death from heart attack? Especially when there is no one with medical experience around?

Heart attack: Take 6 baby aspirin. Take a beta blocker if you have any (metoprolol, for example). Call ambulance. Do not lie down; remain in sitting position until squad arrives. Stay on line with 911 operator if possible until squad arrives. Minimize exertion to prevent increased demand on heart. ...Read more

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My grandpa is suffering from illness related to kidney he has to do cityscan before that a risky kind of injectio named dye which is risky what to do?

My grandpa is suffering from illness related to kidney  he has to do cityscan before that a risky kind of injectio named dye which is risky what to do?

Check renal function: It sounds like there is a concern whether to do the ct scan with IV contrast. The doctor should check the kidney function by calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (egfr). This is derived from the creatinine level, age, and ethnic factors. If over 60, it's ok to give contrast (assuming not allergic). If less than 30, shouldn't get contrast. If 30-60, needs to be IV hydrated. ...Read more

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Bladder Diseases (Definition)

Any imaginable conditions that affect and impair bladder ability to quietly store urine for convenience and to timely and comfortably squeeze urine for its emptying are considered as bladder diseases, which may be caused by infection, nerve damage, drug, surgery, trauma, ...Read more