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What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

Meconium : Meconium is the poo you make in the womb but are not supposed to empty until after birth. It represents bile/swallowed hair & skin cells etc & is very sticky. If you poo before birth, usually due to stress, the stuff can circulate in the bag of waters. If that material gets into your lungs before, during or after labor it can cause lung disease. CF kids have poo that's too sticky & won't pass. ...Read more

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Lump about an inch above my babys belly button. Is that a birth defect?

Lump about an inch above my babys belly button. Is that a birth defect?

Likely: It is most likely an epigastric hernia. It is a birth defect but of the mildest variety. ...Read more

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No protruding belly at 3 months, is this normal?

No protruding belly at 3 months, is this normal?

Yes: Not having a belly 12 weeks is very common. Everyone's body is different and is dependent on if you have had a baby already, your weight and general physical condition. I find that many women are worried because of other people's comments. Such as " are you sure you are 3 months, you look small". If there is a concern about your size at any time, discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long will thc be in inborn baby's umbilical cord after one hit of marijuana?

How long will thc be in inborn baby's umbilical cord after one hit of marijuana?

Not where I look: If you are a suspected user in my state, I am required to investigate. Although blood and urine can show drug traces from recent use, the first stools are more revealing.The meconium, which begins to form after 12 weeks into the pregnancy will hold trace evidence of any drug exposure for months.You are better of never taking a hit, and or never coming under suspicion. ...Read more

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Lifted furniture recently. Right back, 4" above waist. Radiates on rt side to 3" above naval, slightly short of being above naval. Muscles?

Lifted furniture recently.  Right back, 4" above waist.  Radiates on rt side to 3" 
above naval, slightly short of being above naval.  Muscles?

Intercostal nerve: If the pain radiates around the body, very likely you have an irritated intercostal nerve secondary to the injury. Muscular problems tend to be less likely to follow nerve distribution pain. ...Read more

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CBCs past 3 yrs show steady increase of iron, serum. Now outside normal range. Abdominal discomfort left side under bottom ribs. Hemochromatosis? Or?

CBCs past 3 yrs show steady increase of iron, serum. Now outside normal range. Abdominal discomfort left side under bottom ribs. Hemochromatosis? Or?

Probably not: But hemochromatosis is fairly common, so the best thing to do is ask your PCP to check liver enzymes if you are experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, or lack of appetite. if the liver tests are abnormal, then imaging by way of an ultrasound may be indicated. If they are normal, it may be best to monitor your labs and symptoms over time ...Read more

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Lower Back Pain, difficulty inhaling air, and large protrusion just below ribcage? I have a very large, solid protrusion that extends from just abov

Lower Back Pain, difficulty inhaling air, and large protrusion just below ribcage? 

I have a very large, solid protrusion that extends from just abov

Please see a doctor: This deserves an in-person doctors visit to examine you and determine what additional tests or imaging you might need. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in under below lower left ribs above the abdomen since 2 mnnts which comes n goes most of the time.Go for a ct, MRI or sonography?Any blood test?

Pain in under below lower left ribs above the abdomen since 2 mnnts which comes n goes most of the time.Go for a ct, MRI or sonography?Any blood test?

Probably : Constipation. The only organ tucked under those ribs that you would feel in the front is the spleen which would be felt on physical exam. The colon is there too and if you are constipated caused pain there. To be constipated you can go everyday but poops are usually not like bananas but round, hard, and cause straining. If you have it try miralax(store brand ok) ;eat4fruits, 5 veggies8 waters a d. ...Read more

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant. Is it possible that i felt my baby move about 3 inches towards my belly, from the lowest part of my rib cage?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant. Is it possible that i felt my baby  move about 3 inches towards my belly, from  the lowest part of my rib cage?

Not likely: At 17 weeks, the top of your uterus is still below your belly button so if you are feeling something near your rib cage, it is not your baby. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does pregnancy bring out hernia in belly button in adults?

Does pregnancy bring out hernia in belly button in adults?

Yes: Pregnancy can cause a protrusion or hernia to form at the umbilicus. It may resolve after the pregnancy, and if it persists after pregnancy then can see a general surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Eco/level 2 ultrasound revealed thick umbilical cord small amount of fluid around baby's heart. Is this normal? or cause for worry? 1st pregnancy

Eco/level 2 ultrasound revealed thick umbilical cord small amount of fluid around baby's heart.  Is this normal? or cause for worry? 1st pregnancy

Consult G.Y.N.doctor: YourU/S revealing thick umbilical cord and small amount of fluid around baby heart is not normal ,but may be it is going go away (fluid) .Subsequent U/S may show some change in fluid around heart .Persuming there is no other abnormality seen on U/S ,Wish every thing is going to be normal ...Read more

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Ketones level 10 and trace blood in urine, undiagnosed rt upper abdomen pain for 9 months, any significance?

Ketones level 10 and trace blood in urine, undiagnosed rt upper abdomen pain for 9 months, any significance?

For10 call ambulance: Your level of 10 is dangerously high ,most likely you have 1.0 , around one is OK , you probably have undiagnosed or poorly treated diabetes which need immediate attention , 9 months abdominal pain also need help from your doctor Do not neglect your health ...Read more

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What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

Fetal position: Could me patient is in pain, and assumes that positon in attempt to get comfortable. Could mean patient cancer is very advanced, patient is cachetic (lost lots of weight), and muscle on the elbow, knees, hips beging to contract in flexion position due to inmobility. If advanced, terminal phase is there, talk to oncologist for palliative care (comfort care) to avoid suffering. Good luck ...Read more

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Dwn syndrome infant part of colon removed, heart problem, recurrent fluid build up around right lung, right diaphram flattened, can't breathe on back?

Dwn syndrome infant part of colon removed, heart problem, recurrent fluid build up around right lung, right diaphram flattened, can't breathe on back?

Question is ???: You need to formulate a specific question for us to formulate a response. The questions on the site are not linked, so please submit a new question with basic data & the question you want to ask. ...Read more

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Upper right ab pain under top right rib meets muscle. Normal CT w/ contrast, u/s, CBC, urine tests. Mostly when sitting/standing/deep breath. Ideas?

Upper right ab pain under top right rib meets muscle. Normal CT w/ contrast, u/s, CBC, urine tests. Mostly when sitting/standing/deep breath. Ideas?

Relax: Pain in upper abdomen by rib cage,recent onset.....all the right investigation is normal....is a MUSCLE ACHE from whatever cause will subside in a day or so.Use heat to area if possible.Use 600 mg Advil (ibuprofen) twice a day. You'll be fine ...Read more

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Being in the 95th centile for normal but upper limit of amniotic fluid. This concerning? 33 weeks measuring 22cm.

Being in the 95th centile for normal but upper limit of amniotic fluid. This concerning? 33 weeks measuring 22cm.

Worth following: The upper limit of normal is still normal, however it is worth following up to make sure in a few weeks the fluid volume has not increased. In at least 1/3 of cases we cannot figure out what causes the fluid volume to be high. ...Read more

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I'm having lumbar pains from below the rib cage down to the hip level?

Flank pain...: Your pain could be coming from the spine, however, other possibilities to consider based on the location of your pain (the 'flank'): kidney infection, kidney stone, abdominal aortic aneurysm, even diverticulitis or appendicitis. Another often overlooked source of 'flank pain' is caused by irritation of the quadratus lumborum muscle. Your physician can help diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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What's the color of cystic fibrosis poop/stool in toddler?

What's the color of cystic fibrosis poop/stool in toddler?

Should be normal: For someone with cystic fibrosis who has known pancreatic insufficiency, treatment with pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy should lead to normalization of stool consistency & frequency. For untreated patients, CF related malabsorption causes bulky, frothy, oily, exceptionally foul smelling stools that are more frequent and loose/watery (diarrhea-like). There is no characteristic color in CF pts. ...Read more