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My brother has developed fever of unknown origin. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed fever of unknown origin. What is it exactly?

What it says: If the cause of a fever cannot be diagnosed in a few weeks, it is given the designation of fever of unknown origin. It may be due to exotic infections, malignancies, genetic defects, and autoimmune disorders etc. It often takes investigation by a team of specialists. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

Mesothelioma is: A cancer of the membranes that cover the chest cavity, and the nooks and crannies of each lobe and the mediastinum where the heart, swallowing tube and nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics live. Tv and billboard direct you to lawyers because there is a connection to asbestos, and producers are liable. It causes fluid to accumulate. There is a varied natural history, few do well; many do poorly. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read more

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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

EBV infection: Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus. Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports. ...Read more

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My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

Scarring in panc: Chronic inflammation of pancres (digestive and endocrine organ), generally as a consequence of chronic alcohol use. Can cause chronic pain (usually worse after eating); maldigestion of (primarily) fats, with foul smelling, greasy stool, weight loss; maldigestion of carbohydrates and protein; diabetes that may be poorly controllable. Can be treated with meds, occ surgery. ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

Bacteria: The bacteria is named after an outbreak found at american leigon convention. It is fairly common and causes pneumionia and requires treatment for recovery. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

Brain injury types: I would need more informnation to provide a specific reply. Is hisbrain injury ischemic ( such as a stroke , or traumatic ? ...Read more

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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

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My father has developed bacterial infections. What is it exactly?

My father has developed bacterial infections. What is it exactly?

Complicated: Bacteria are microscopic living things which can invade human beings and create inflammation. This is called infection. The types of bacteria involved and the areas of the body affected will vary greatly and if you have more information we can answer your question better. ...Read more

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My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

Bacterial infection: Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection, usually of the lungs. The organism in present in water and may be inhaled through an aerosol, such as in a shower. ...Read more

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My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

Dilated bronchi: Dilated bronchi and inflammation, usually the result of low level infection inflammation. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surgery and / or radiation would be helpful. Other confused diagnoses with this term improperly used are cancers that start someplace else and spread to the bone (breast cancer for instance) or cancers of the bone marrow (leukemia). ...Read more

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My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

Swallowing trouble: The muscles that wrap around the esophagus, as well as the sphincters (both upper & lower) coordinate their contractions to produce peristalsis, thereby propelling food from the back of your mouth to the stomach, & keeping that food from backing up again. There are a lot of diseases that affect the esophagus muscles--some minor (presbyesophagus) & major (like achalasia, parkinson's, scleroderma). ...Read more

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My father has developed heart sac inflammation. What is it exactly?

My father has developed heart sac inflammation. What is it exactly?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. It may be the result of an infectious process, chest trauma, certain environmental exposures (such as radiation), or other systemic (body-wide) inflammatory process that attacks the pericardium. Treatments are targeted towards the underlying process and may certain include anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

Depression: Is a mood disorder involving feelings of depression, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, trouble with sleep, appetite and energy and sometimes the development of suicidal ideation. It also interferes with the person's ability to function in school/work and in relationships. The best news is that there is help out there! ...Read more

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My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

Toxic wheat effect: Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine. The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation. ...Read more

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My dad has ascites what is the cause? What are the treatments? He has lymphoma

My dad has ascites what is the cause? What are the treatments? He has lymphoma

Fuild backup: Ascitis is a condition of fluid in the soft tissues of the body. It can be caused by obstruction of lymph drainage from the periphery as well as heart failure. If there are symptoms of heart failure, medications can be helpful to improve pump function as well as increase urination. Discuss with his doctor about appropriate therapies. ...Read more

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My mother has developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What is it exactly?

A serious issue: This is a rare but serious problem which is usually related to taking medications for psychiatric treatment, or sometimes for parkinson's disease. It causes fever, muscle rigidity, unstable blood pressure and other problems. The medication causing nms must be identified and discontinued. If you ever need anesthesia, be sure to tell the anesthesiologist if you've had this problem. ...Read more

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