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My mom was diagnosed with lymphedema. How serious is this condition?

My mom was diagnosed with lymphedema. How serious is this condition?

Depends: The answer to this question depends on the cause of the lymphedema. Many forms of lymphedema are secondary to some other problem. Once the primary problem is resolved then the lymphedema is resolved. It is best to seek the opinion of a physician with special interest in lymphedema. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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My daughter was diagnosed with thrombosytosis. What causes this and how can it be treated?

My daughter was diagnosed with thrombosytosis. What causes this and how can it be treated?

depends: The most common cause of thrombocytosis (high platelet count) in children is what we call "reactive thrombocytosis." this is the body's normal reaction to recent infection and can last for weeks. She should be evaluated for underlying infections or other causes of inflammation and treating those will make the platelet count come back down. Other rare causes can be evaluated by her doctor. ...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

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My 6yr old son has been diagnosed with nodular scleritis. From my understanding this is rare and can be underlying condition. Does he need blood work?

My 6yr old son has been diagnosed with nodular scleritis. From my understanding this is rare and can be underlying condition. Does he need blood work?

Yes : Usually associated with underlying disease rheumatoid arthritis should be seen by pediatrician and then specialist of disease ped thinks is causing it treatable with Ibuprofen for pain and what underlying cause of course eye md. ...Read more

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My godson has been diagnosed with mild right apical hypokinesis. How is this caused and how can this be treated?

My godson has been diagnosed with mild right apical hypokinesis. How is this caused and how can this be treated?

How old is he?: We need more history. Was he symptomatic / or a casual observation. Apical hypokinesis is decresed participation of apex of heart in the contractile fn.And the weakness of muscles could be from congenital weakness, poor blood supply from narrowed coronary vs. Without a heart attack/ silent heart attack/a obviously diagnosed heart attack, some infiltrative diseases- amyloidosis.Get a cardiolo.Opin. ...Read more

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My mom is diagnosed with hemangioma. Is this life threatening?

My mom is diagnosed with hemangioma. Is this life threatening?

It depends: Where? What size? What organ there are skin hemangiomas of little danger. There are liver hemangiomas of slight danger. There are large hemangiomas/ with arterial venous flow that can be problems and need consultation. ...Read more

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Is sle a serious type of disease? Recently my sister was diagnosed with this disease, but the biopsy is yet to be conduct.

Is sle a serious type of disease? Recently my sister was diagnosed with this disease, but the biopsy is yet to be conduct.

Sometimes: There are different types of lupus. Some basically just involve the skin. Another form is systemic and has the potential for involvement of various internal organs. Your sister should get an rheumatology consultation if she has not done so already. ...Read more

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My grandson was just diagnosed with ebsteins anomaly. Is this dangerous? What can be done for him?

My grandson was just diagnosed with ebsteins anomaly. Is this dangerous? What can be done for him?

Depends: There is a remarkably wide variation in the severity of EA from severely ill, cyanotic newborns to incidental finding later in life and everything in-between. When severe, surgical repair and replacement of the tricuspid valve should be considered. Best wishes to him. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

Serious Matter: Bdd is usually a chronic problem related to how people view their bodies and it can be related to extreme behaviors connected to trying to make their bodies "right". This difficulty requires consistent therapy for improvement. ...Read more

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My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?

My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?

Pseudo dementia: Depression with cognitive deficits that look like dementia. Also may be seen in Conversion reactions, Psychoactive drugs, & other Mood disorders. They differ from true dementia in that their attention & concentration are intact. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with aortic dissection and received treatment. Is it hereditary?

My sister was diagnosed with aortic dissection and received treatment. Is it hereditary?

Can be: Dissections can be associated with hypertension, atherosclerotic disease and marans disease. All can be inheritable. ...Read more

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Sister diagnosed with Mrsa, she has not been in a hospital. How serious is this, and could she have gotten it? Best treatments to cure?

Sister diagnosed with Mrsa, she has not been in a hospital. How serious is this, and could she have gotten it? Best treatments to cure?

MRSA: if your sister is not in the hospital she unlikely is ill enough from MRSA. It usually can be treated as an outpatient. Bactrian or Clindamycin or Doxycycline are great for it. If she has an abscess it is most important to get it drained by a professional, do not squeeze ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis in the liver, is it be genetic?

What can I do if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis in the liver, is it be genetic?

Amyloidosis: There are many different types of amyloidosis so it is impossible to know if this is genetic based on this question. There are genetic amyloidoses but there also also types of amyloidosis related to cancer, infections and inflammation. ...Read more

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My brother was just diagnosed with tuberculosis lymph glands how serious is that ?

My brother was just diagnosed with tuberculosis lymph glands how serious is that ?

Fairly: Any infection with tuberculosis is cause for concern; however, if it is just in his lymph nodes, his chance of complete recovery with appropriate therapy is very good. He will need to be on several months of multiple antibiotics, however. ...Read more

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Was just diagnosed with asthma. Help is this serious?

Was just diagnosed with asthma. Help is this serious?

Depends: Asthma has multiple levels of severity, mild to severe. Talk to your doctor about an asthma action plan. As long as you have it under control and know what triggers it, you should have nothing to fear. ...Read more

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My dad has secondary liver cancer. How is this treated?

My dad has secondary liver cancer. How is this treated?

Multiple ways: Secondary liver cancer refers to metastatic cancer from some organ such as colon cancer. What spreads to the liver is clonal and stays there only increasing in size. If there are 1 to 3 lesions surgery microwave ablation used. If lesions more numerous or large >5cm. chemoebolization employed with chemo directly into the hepatic artery and the vessel then occluded. Yt microspheres also used. ...Read more

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My second brother has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea. How serious is this condition? And how's treated? I'm worried.

My second brother has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea. How serious is this condition? And how's treated? I'm worried.

Needs to be treated: Sleep apnea can be treated, and can lead to some negative health consequences if left untreated. Generally treated with CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night and cured with weight loss if overweight. ...Read more

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What is my condition if I have periorbital edema after diagnosed with nephrosis?

What is my condition if I have periorbital edema after diagnosed with nephrosis?

Expected condition: Nephrosis means a loss of protein in the urine; protein normally helps fluid stay in the blood vessels, but when blood protein (mostly albumin) is low, fluid leaks out into the soft tissues. Periorbital edema is commonly noted in this setting, particularly after lying down for several hours. Effective treatment of the cause of nephrosis usually resolves this issue. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with renal cell cancer. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

My daughter was diagnosed with renal cell cancer. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

It depends: Renal cell carcinoma is curable if it's early stage and confined to the kidney and treated with surgery. If it has spreaded beyond the kidney, there are chemotherapy treatments available to help to control the disease that have spreaded. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with psoriasis. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

My daughter was diagnosed with psoriasis. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

Not always: People with psoriasis can often have it treated effectively. There are some who have greater problems such as arthritis. It can run in families and there can be risks of other medical problems called co-morbidities. Some people have more difficult to treat psoriasis and there are new biological medications that can also help. Careful diagnosis and treatment are important. ...Read more