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My Father Was Diagnosed With Porphyria Should I Be Worried For Him
A group of rare hereditary conditions involving abnormal metabolism of heme. A common form, Porphyria cutanea tarda affects the skin, with blisters, itching and rash that are worse after sun exposure. In Acute Intermittent Porphyria, abdominal pain, muscle pain, numbness or tingling, seizures, and ...Read more
Timely help is key: Systemic sclerosis remains a challenging disease in the field of rheumatology where struggle for a cure or even targeted therapy is ongoing. Most patients donot have adverse outcome but in case of lung and kidney involvement prognosis can be poor. There are many other areas of the body affected by it but they don't seem to be dangerous rather patient lifestyle and medication can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: It can be dangerous and deadly, but if managed and monitored properly, there should be no long term issues. ...Read more
YES & NO: Traumatic ruptured spleen is now managed expectantly in the hospital meaning 'watch and wait'. So if the patient is stable with no signs of hemorhage then it is safe to not do surgery and then send the patient home after observation. If there are signs of major hemorrhage soon after injury then immediate surgery is indicated. Complications of emergency surgery are related to overall health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs investigation: Lung nodule needs to be investigated to ascertain the underlying pathology. It may a residua of an old infection, an easily treatable infection or lung cancer. Worrying would not address the issue. Your father should see an internist or a pulmonary specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Most likely yes: If your friend is young (age.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was diagnost with HPV dysplasia today by my gynecologist. I ask him if this needed to be treated and he told me no but now i'm worried?
Yes and no: It is not contagious, but it is usually a serious infection. ...Read more
Yes: Cavernous sinus thrombosis is often a complication of infection elsewhere in the head, sinuses or orbit of the eye. It can be extremely severe and life-threatening if not managed quickly and appropriately. It is an uncommon condition and one should be certain of the diagnosis since other conditions may mimic this. ...Read more
My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 2 yrs ago. Am i likely to have it too? What are the odds? Should i be tested?
No Definitive Test: Although pd can run in families, we still do not have a definitive test. You can see the neurologist that your mother sees and get an opinion. Some new scanning techniques (dat scans) can be helpful in certain circumstances. But, no one can administer a test that will give you a concrete answer. Pd is made on what we call a clinical diagnosis, but you need to see a movement disorder specialist. ...Read more
Etiology: hepatitis =inflammation, you want to know what the inflammation is caused by. (viral hepatitis, fat, alcohol, etc). how best to modify your risk factors, and lifestyle changes you could/should make. and you want to know how much damage has been done - how much scarring there is, and how well is your liver functioning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Requires experts to help you manage their now lifelong disease- must be seen by pediatric endocrinologists. ...Read more
Lose weight: Since you can't change your age or genetics, the only factor you can change is to lose weight through diet/exercise. Some would even advise beginning medication like metformin to lower your risk of progressing to true diabetes. Also, make sure BP and lipids are controlled. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be concerned if my daughter was recently diagnosed with biotinidase deficiency. Need help with reading lab report(s).?
VERY concerned: If you do not follow instructions exactly, your daughter will end up severely disabled. If you comply, she should have a good life. This is why we test for it. And please forgive my frankness -- if the folks who gave you the reports did not explain them clearly, go right back and demand that they do so. Everything depends on your being accurately informed and pro-active. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my daughter has just been diagnosed with nueroblastoma. . Anybody have any experience, advice on nueroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma: Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor is very young children. Neuroblastoma is a heterogeneous disease in that in sometimes requires very little treatment, or it can require very intensive treatment. Treatment all depends on the extent of disease (staging) and the biological features of the disease. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/neuroblastoma/patient/page1/allpages. ...Read more
Yes: I'm sure you've had her to her physician he's the one who can give you the answers you ask based on his findings 7 how extensive the disease is/. ...Read more
Yes: I assume you are talking about ulcerative colitis(uc). Uc is chronic condition and persist life long. It gets better with treatment. There are very good treatments. However needs maintainece treament to keep it in remission. If not treated properly it can have serious complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expectations: He has a form of deprssion. He will need to be in individual counseling and he may need to be on antidepressants. He may need to be hospitalized if his condtion gets worse. Hopefully, he will begin treatment and he may not need that. Make sure he keeps his appointments. He may benefit from group therapy. A supportive family will be a big asset. Be understanding. ...Read more
How is porphyria diagnosed in britain? How big is possibility that I am ill on porphyria if one of my parent and grandparent have porphyria.
Porphyria: See a neurologist or a dermatologist at a university teaching hospital. ...Read more
Where can I find a porphyria expert? what other type of doctor can diagnose me properly and what type of specialist should I see if I have porphyria.
Inherited: Typically inherited problem in the breakdown of red blood cells, in particular heme. The abdominal pain and crises can be set off by medications, alcohol, or low calorie diets. Medications that cause include but are not limited to barbiturates, anticonvulsants, estrogens, oral contraceptives, or even supplements (chromium for example). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Old legend: There's an idea, probably ill-founded, that congenital erythropoietic porphyria, which produces hairiness, a mutilated face, red teeth, and pain on going into sunlight is the origin of vampire / werewolf tales. The tale that these people crave blood (this isn't a classic feature) may have been added as the story grew, though heme is one factor that suppresses some forms of the illness. ...Read more
Poor blood formation: Porphyria cutanea tarda (pct) describes a state where heme formation is poor. Common symptoms for a person exposed to sunlight are peeling fingernails and skin blisters. Exacerbating factors are iron, alcohol, and estrogen. Pct has a strong association with hepatitis c infection. ...Read more
Become pro-active: One of my study cases with the medical students involves an unfortunate woman whose illness was missed and was given Phenobarbital for her "nerves", with lethal results. Learn what medications and stressors to avoid. Stay fit. Good hydration and perhaps a sugary drink may help if you can sense an attack coming up; your physician will know whether to offer hematin. Best wishes. ...Read more
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