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List All Pathogens That Can Cause Abnormal Feces
What causes some women to produce such excessive amounts of hCG that it causes all urine/blood pregnancy tests to be false negatives? (hook effect)
Natural variation: There are biological variations in hormone levels as well as other characteristics, e.g. Height, among individuals. The normal levels of all hormones have a wide range and this range is even more marked with hcg. See this site for more info though it does not address your question directly. http://americanpregnancy.org/duringpregnancy/hcglevels.html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have read that many different organisms can cause pid, but gonorrhea and chlamydia are most common... So what are the other types of organisms?
E coli: Is the bug i've seen most commonly associated with pid or tubo-ovarian abscess. This bacterium is very abundant in the GI tract. ...Read more
Standard pap+hpv tests for the two strains that cause 70% of cervical cancer, what strains cause the other 30 and can they be tested for?
Others can be checke: Other strains of HPV can also be checked but requires more expensive testing. Ask your gynecologist about it, he/she can explain the nature of tests to be done and the costs involved. The new HPV vaccine covers nine strains of HPV (9-Valent HPV Vaccine) which includes 90% of of cancer causing HPVs. ...Read more
How many strains of c diff are there? Do they all cause watery d? Or is there strains that cause loose mushy stool?
Cl. difficile: The effect of this organism on the lining of the colon is due to two toxins it produces and there are numerous different strains of the organism, some more malignant than others. The effects on the stool are based upon many different factors including the strain, number of organisms present, the associated gut flora and so on. Go and get tested. ...Read more
Wording issue: If you have an illness that injures the absorptive surface of your gut,all foods will not be as well absorbed.This can be transient, as a gut virus or long term,as an immune/allergy/intolerance to a number of ingested items.Red #40 is a food dye that causes problems for some, gluten in grains does for others, there are many more.Individual testing can identify specifics when needed. ...Read more
Everyone names acromegaly as the reason for growth in height after 35. But can you please list ALL other poss reasons that could cause that to occur?
That takes me back..: ...to my med school days at Temple. It's the kind of question they torture students & residents with. The attending fixes his gaze on you. "DOCTOR: Give me the differential diagnosis of growth after age 35;" & you had to know the list, & woe betide you if you missed one. The magic words are "differential diagnosis;" if you do a search for that, you should find what you're looking for. ...Read more
Ebola/Marburg virus: High fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pains are the first symptoms. Dirrhea (bloody), nausea/vomiting, raised rash and bleeding from mucus membranes occurs. This family of viruses doesn't cause cardiac disease per say, but left long enough hemodynamic changes occur and chest pain and cardiac failure can occur. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could someone please list all the vitamins that may get depleted in the body by bacterial overgrowth in small intestines?
SBO: The major issue is with B-12 which is absorbed in the last part of the small bowel, and patients may then develop a megaloblastic anemia with large red blood cells. In older adults, small bowel bacterial overgrowth is associated with a higher frequency of diarrhea, a lower body mass index, and a significantly lower serum albumin concentration. Not aware of other vitamins lost thru this. ...Read more
Are there any viruses that can cause impotence? Is it possible that a virus such as the h1n1 virus could lead to impotence?
Many diseases: Many different bacteria can cause "common" diseases in humans. Infections of skin and soft tissue are commonly caused by staph bacteria and other types of bacteria. While not as common in U.S., tuberculosis is a common infection in the world and is caused by bacteria. Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease that is caused by bacteria. There are many other diseases caused by bacteria. ...Read more
Yes: There aren't any. This stuff is made up by certain unscrupulous 'natural healing' people. It's entertainment and makes money. Tapeworms are extremely tough. If you actually have one, you'll need medication. If you've been told you have one by an 'independent medical thinker', get with a real physician for confirmation. ...Read more
See Integrative Dr.: Sibo can cause many things. The best bet is to consult with an integrative physician, who specializes in this near you. You had an appendectomy in the past, so this also plays into your equation. Let them go over your entire medical, surgical, trauma, stress history to give you the best answer on this. This is not a simple question. However you will get many good answers from your consult with the integrative doctor. ...Read more
I have balanitis(unknown cause) possible epididymitis and prostatitis. Can the cause of all these things be related to each other?
What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?
Possible ca: Cells appearing in the sputum come from tracheobronchial tree or oronasophanyx. The appearance of atypia may mean that such cells are in transition and that with time a malignant phenotype will appear. Follw up with chest films and oral exam needed until symptoms resolve or progress. ...Read more
What symptoms or "signs " can be confused for intestinal parasites? - and anal problems as well that would connect to parasites, but are not parasites
What inflammatory conditions (besides fibromyalgia) that cause wide spread pain are not detectable or can be easily missed in blood work?
Pain: Like fibromyalgia, some painful conditions are based on clinical evaluations and the absence of other findings. This includes CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome), chronic fatigue, etc. As a rheumatologist we treat all of these conditions. I would happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more
If some common infections can cause cancer(epstein-barr, h pylori) how are these tested for? And if positive, how are they eliminated from the body?
Any symptoms?: Both of these infections are almost universal and do not need to be treated if there are no symptoms. 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. 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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