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Is There One Best Test To Diagnose Cartilage Disorders
Depends: If you are talking about a localized cartilage problem such as in a knee or shoulder...Or a inherited condition or developmental condition which affects cartolilage throughout our body. Xrays can give you a good sense of the overall condition of the joint surfaces. However, a focal cartilage injury is best picked up with a mri. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
Have Gallstones?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more
Best expert Doc: Binge eating disorder is best diagnosed not by a physician in general practice, but, by a physician who treats it chronicallly and consistently with success. Binge eatiing is not a psychological or mental disorder. It is the lack of normal physiologic desire for food. These patients are not "mental" nor "psycho". They are patients that have tried "too"hard..... Too few docs recognize this.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not one: Ewing sarcoma is relatively rare tumor mostly seen in young adults 10 to 20 yrs age involving the long & flat bones, presents with pain swelling , 30% of the time already spreads. Simple x ray will show bone lining ( perosteal ) reaction, MRI , ct , bone scan , pet scan , are all diagnostic tools , confirmation is by biopsy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ALS can be tricky: There is no specific test available to either rule in or out the diagnosis of als. There can definitely be mimickers of ALS and its diagnosis is not always that straightforward. It may take some time for all the clinical criteria to be met especially if it is early in the disease process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the rorschach test tell if a person is clinical depressed and how severe is? How accurate is this test for diagnosing mental illnesses?
Projective tests: are not very helpful in making a diagnosis of clinical disorders in isolation. A careful medical and psychiatric history is needed along with a good physical exam, neurological exam and mental status exam. The Rorshach is a tool. You need to do a good work up and that requires using all the tools necessary to get a longitudinal history and a complete picture of the current state of functioning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tests: Thyroid tests include two kinds -- function and physical appearance. One does not exclude the other. Lab testing can tell the function and antibody lab tests can tell inflammation. There are also lab tests for certain tumors. Radiology tests can tell the appearance ie nodules, inflammation, cysts, enlargement. ...Read more
A good doctor: Mitochondria have their own dna, so mitochondrial gene mutations must be diagnosed at a lab such as dr. Boles at usc; but diagnosing mitochondrial dysfunction is a matter of appropriate interpretation of symptoms, as well as testing things such as vitamin B12 function (mma), mg (rbc), zn (rbc), and phase angle on body composition analysis. Find a doctor who knows mito disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What tests if any are used to diagnose micro vascular disease? Or is it a diagnosis of exclusion?
RE: Exercise Intolerance- the mitochondrial disorder. Is it possible that this and CFS could be one and the same? Any studies done to check this out?
Not likely: Easy fatigue is just one symptom of mitochondrial disease which is a rare medical condition cause by mutations in mitochondrial genes encoding enzymes involve in cellular oxidative metabolism.In contrast to chronic fatigue syndrome which is not uncommon,mitochondrial disorders are often associated with-neurological and cardiac dysfunction and abnormal muscle biopsy ...Read more
Why articles about disorders on the internet don't distinguish between acute and chronic symptoms? Is this not important to diagnose?
Spectrum: Usually they provide a spectrum of signs and symptoms (s/sx) from early to late, as that is how patients present--anywhere in the course of a disease, from early to late. Can usually find specifics within articles as to which s/sx come at which stages of a disease. May not be examining high-quality articles on internet which is a potential drawback to access-be sure has academic merit. ...Read more
How helpful might it be for me to get to the exact nature of my neck arthritis? One test that could be performed is a discogram. Other test availabe
Cartilage is a soft tissue that surrounds the ends of some bones and forms both sides of a joint. When it is healthy, cartilage surfaces glide smoothly over each other. When it is not, a scrubbing sometimes painful motion can occur. Cartilage disorders can be arthritic, posttraumatic, or ...Read more
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