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My father was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. What does this mean?

Cauda Equina: This condition usually occurs suddenly, and presents with saddle anesthessia (numbness in your buttock region as if you were sitting on a saddle) and overflow incontinence of urine. There may also be pain and weakness. This condition requires emergent surgery to have the best recovery of function. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina (Definition)

Spinal cord ends at upper lumbar spine (l1-2 level) and become a bundle of nerve roots, which look like horse tail. It passes bony tube inside the lumbar vertebrae while sending out nerve roots at each spine levels. You can easily visualize the anatomy on-line if ...Read more


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My father was diagnosed with brain abscess. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with brain abscess. What does this mean?

Brain Infection: Brain abscesses are infections in the brain. Like a boil on skin. Bacteria and fungi are the most likely causes. Treated with antibiotics and when necessary drainage. Bugs get into brain from blood flow, sinus infections and through fractures. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with bph. What does this mean?

My brother was diagnosed with bph. What does this mean?

Enlarged prostate: It means the gland at the bottom of the bladder is enlarged. It constricts the urethra some causing the flow of urine to be slow in may be interrupted. If it gets worse a person may not be able to urinate leading to kidney obstruction. It is treated by medicines. When severe, surgery is helpful. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with macrocephaly. What does this mean?

My daughter was diagnosed with macrocephaly. What does this mean?

Big head: Macro=big, cephaly=head.This is just a label for someone with a larger than expected head, which at least 3-5% of the normal population will have. It is usually genetic, with one or both parents affected. There are some medical conditions that can also cause the head to be large which can be sorted out by a physician. For most, it just makes finding a hat that fits difficult. ...Read more

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My sister has compartment syndrome. What does this mean?

My sister has compartment syndrome. What does this mean?

Leg swelling/pain: The muscles of the extremities are compartmentalized or occupy spaces of a finite volume anything anything which increases the pressure within these compartments (swelling of muscle, bleeding, persistent external compression, a mass, etc) can impair blood flow into the compartment. This is experienced as pain as the muscle is deprived of oxygen. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What does this mean?

Inflamation muscle: Autoimmune disorder of muscles leading to diffuse muscle pain. It is usually identified by abnormal blood tests indicating inflammation such as increased CRP sed rate, and is usually treated with oral steroids like Prednisone it usually responds quickly to higher doses which are then tapered down to the lowest effective dose. The disease may come and go. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with anll. What does this mean?

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My sister was diagnosed with anll. What does this mean?

ANLL=AML: First of all, I am sorry for your sister. Anll or more commonly known as acute myelogenous leukemia- is a cancer of the white blood cells. It is the most common cause of acute leukemia- about 80%. Symptoms are caused by supression of normal blood cells by the leukemic cells-will include fever, fatigue, bleeding, bone pain etc. Treatment will be combination of chemotherapy +/- transplant if indicated. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with congenital abnormalities. What does this mean?

My sister was diagnosed with congenital abnormalities. What does this mean?

Congenital abnormali: Congenital means you were born with the abnormailty. It was not aquired as an illness it was there all the time (since birth). ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with those post colonscopy. what does this mean?

My mother was diagnosed with those post colonscopy. what does this mean?

Diagnosed with ?: I think your spellchecker must have changed your question - or I'm missing the first half of the conversation! Please resubmit your question with your mom's diagnosis! :) ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

Outdated term: "atypical pneumonia" is actually very common, but differs from the "textbook" description of acute onset symptoms with a very predictable x-ray appearance. The designation is not useful. It tells us little about the causative bug(s), and treatment is not determined by the x-ray or acuity of symptoms. Currently, a more useful term used to guide treatment decisions is community acquired pneumonia. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with german measles. What does this mean?

My brother was diagnosed with german measles. What does this mean?

German Measles: Most of the population get vaccinated to this. It will run it's course with him and he needs to keep away from un-vaccinated people. It is more of a problem with pregnant patients who have no immunity because it can cause mental retardation in the baby. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with early Lyme disease. What does this mean?

My sister was diagnosed with early Lyme disease. What does this mean?

She should recover: Lyme disease is caused by a spiral bacteria called borellia burgdorfii. It is transmitted to humans by the bite of ticks which pick it up from the local woodland animals (deer, rodents). It typically causes a circular rash which clears in the center and spreads outwards, but is also responsible for damage to the heart, nervous system and other areas of body. Easily treated if diagnose early. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with multiple myeloma idg. What does this mean?

My sister was diagnosed with multiple myeloma idg. What does this mean?

Plasma cell cancer: From the National Cancer Institute --> What You Need To Know About™ - What is Multiple #Myeloma - via @theNCI http://ow.ly/o7CJR #mmsm and Snapshot: http://ow.ly/ungNs The IgG is the type of immunoglobulin heavy chain involved and can be used to follow the cancer in the blood. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with procrastination addiction. What does this mean?

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My sister was diagnosed with procrastination addiction. What does this mean?

Put it off: I will get back to you. Someone who routinely puts off initiating and completing important tasks could be said to be addicted of sorts to that behavior. It can be caused by numerous emotional problems - depression, add, avoidant personality traits/disorder, perfectionism, or even interpersonal agendas. Well-intended family members may take on an overresponsible role in rescuing/chronically remind. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cauda equina syndrome and how will it affect me?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cauda equina syndrome and how will it affect me?

Compression at base : Of spinal cord and early nerve roots in spinal cnal, which can be a serious emergency and would need surgical intervention. This syndrome includes not only pain, but loss of control of bladder and/or bowel (loss of continence or retention), numbness on the insides of your thighs and groin area, occasionally weakness in legs. If suspected, see physician immediately. ...Read more

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Have you heard of PRES? PRES syndrome is a nuerologist question. I have been Dx with this and I'm wondering how does this occur?

Have you heard of PRES?
PRES syndrome is a nuerologist question. I have been Dx with this and I'm wondering how does this occur?

OK here goes: Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome is usually caused by uncontrolled blood pressure, and does stabilize once pressure is controlled. However, the MS drug Gilenya (fingolimod) also can cause this, and does in absence of pressure change. Changing medication gets issues back under control. What caused your problem? ...Read more

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How serious is muir-torre syndrome? My husband had a sebeaous tumor and diagnosed with this.

How serious is muir-torre syndrome? My husband had a sebeaous tumor and diagnosed with this.

Hereditary disease: Muir-torre is a form of a hereditary syndrome called hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer that causes colon cancer, as well as breast, skin, and urogenitary cancers. It appears to affect the genes' ability to repair themselves. He could be at increased risk for colon cancer and should have a colonoscopy. There is a genetic test available for this through myriad testing. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

A rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord. It ...Read more