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Is there one best test to diagnose cartilage disorders?

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 more

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Cartilage (Definition)

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


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Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

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

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Is there one best test to diagnose appendicitis?

Is there one best test to diagnose appendicitis?

CAT scan: Good history and physical exam labs and if needed a cat scan to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there one best test to diagnose binge eating?

Is there one best test to diagnose binge eating?

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 more

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Is there one best test to diagnose ewing's sarcoma?

Is there one best test to diagnose ewing's sarcoma?

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 more

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Is there one best test to diagnose breast lump?

Is there one best test to diagnose breast lump?

No: All tests can miss a breast lump. They are best used together. An ultrasound may find a lump that is missed on mammogram. A MRI may find lumps missed by the usg etc. ...Read more

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Is there a test to evaluated the liver better?

Is there a test to evaluated the liver better?

Better than what?: Liver has large range of functions and a battery of tests is needed to address those functions. The investigation includes, multiple blood tests, urine tests, imaging and sometimes biopsy of the liver. In short there is no single test to evaluate the liver. ...Read more

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Is ALS as difficult to diagnose as multiple sclerosis? Is there a definitive test for als?

Is ALS as difficult to diagnose as multiple sclerosis? Is there a definitive test for als?

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 more

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Can the rorschach test tell if a person is clinical depressed and how severe is? How accurate is this test for diagnosing mental illnesses?

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 more

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What is the best way to detect immune deficiency disorder?

What is the best way to detect immune deficiency disorder?

Multiple tests: A person with frequent or unusual infections needs to be investigated for immune deficiency. The deficiency may be of immunoglobulins or cellular immunity or both. Tests for the two are markedly different and beyond the scope of a 400 character answer. ...Read more

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What test is used to diagnose thyroid problems?

What test is used to diagnose thyroid problems?

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

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose mitochondrial disorder?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose mitochondrial disorder?

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 more

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What tests are done to evaluate one for asthma? How is a diagnosis made?

What tests are done to evaluate one for asthma? How is a diagnosis made?

Check with lung doc: Pulmonary function testing with bronchodilator response in a good lab is the standard. Cxr is standard. Evaluation by lung doc is useful - they have been trained for many years. To fix your asthma. ...Read more

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What tests if any are used to diagnose micro vascular disease? Or is it a diagnosis of exclusion?

What tests if any are used to diagnose micro vascular disease?  Or is it a diagnosis of exclusion?

Histogy: It is a clinical diagnosis?can be definitively diagnosed with small vessel biopsy and use of special tissue staining. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Cartilage Disorders (Definition)

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