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Dr. Charles Lombard
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Polyarteritis Nodosa (Definition)

A disease that causes arteries to ...Read more


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My sister has angiitis. What does this mean?

My sister has angiitis. What does this mean?

Inflammed vessels: Angiitis means inflammation of blood vessels. This also fits into the category of vaculitis. The size pf the inflammed vessel is improtant of deciding therapy. The dianosi can be made by a biopsy - or at times by dye injected into bloods vessels and seeing the x-ray pattrn. The type of angiitis determines the therapy. This can be a very serious illness at times or a not so serious illness. ...Read more

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My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

A blood disorder: Sorry to hear that. Your sister has been diagnosed with a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It is very curable with proper treatment including chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy. Best of luck to your sister. ...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 father has neuropathy. What does this mean?

My father has neuropathy. What does this mean?

Nerve problems: Neuropathy is a generic term for nerve problems. It can be from a lot of different things. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of neuropathy. Diabetes can get a form of neuropapthy, commonly in the hands in feet. ...Read more

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My sister has bell's palsy. What does this mean?

My sister has bell's palsy. What does this mean?

Facial paralysis: She has weakness or paralysis of the muscles of facial expression. This may be due to a viral infection in the nerve. Fortunately most people with bell's palsy will eventually regain normal facial movement. ...Read more

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My sister has cerebral aneurysm. What does this mean?

My sister has cerebral aneurysm. What does this mean?

Cerebral aneurysms: An cerebral aneurysm is a focal outpouching or dilation of a portion of an artery providing blood to the brain. Aneurysms may rupture causing death or stroke or they may remain stable for many decades. ...Read more

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My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

Generally incurable: Mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura. The covering of the lung is called visceral pleura and the lining of the chest wall is called parietal pleura. This is a cancer that is generally incurable unless small and localized, although it is diffuse or has spread to adjacent tissues or organ, by the time it is diagnosed. Treatment is multi-modality. Commonly it is associated with asbestos exposure. ...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 sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

GCA: GCA can cause proximal muscle weakness making it hard to climb stairs or get out of a chair; can cause blindness; can cause aortic aneurysms and can cause arterial occlusion of the arm all of which are treatable or preventable. It is an inflammation of the arteries. Problem typically treated by a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My grandma has als, what does that mean for me?

My grandma has als, what does that mean for me?

Likely little risk: In 90% of all cases, there is no familial incidence. So, your risk is about 5 in 100,000, same as general population. ...Read more

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MY MOTHER HAS POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA. I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Inflammatory vs. not: Can produce similar symptoms, but PMR is an inflammatory condition for which there is a single and effective treatment. FM is a condition with less defined symptoms which variably responds to a variety of interventions. Because they are common sometimes people will have both conditions. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what plasma cell mastitis is? My friend has it.

Does anyone know what plasma cell mastitis is? My friend has it.

Infection: This is an infection of the breast. Plasma cell is a type of cell present in the infection. It is usually treated with drainage and antibiotics. This is a benign problem. ...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 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 has a fat embolism. What does this mean?

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My sister has a fat embolism. What does this mean?

If true, serious: Fat embolism is usually due to trauma with disruption of long bones like the femur, exposure of the fat in the marrow to the blood space, & then causing hematologic havoc like diffuse clotting and then a very serious condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation that consumes the proteins needed to clot, so difficult to control bleeding results. This is a big deal, so urgent care needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my son has eosinophilic enterocolitis?

What does it mean if my son has eosinophilic enterocolitis?

Allergic colitis: This means that the patient has inflammation of the GI tract related to food allergy. It may be difficult sometimes to pinpoint the causal food. Milk-protein enterocolitis is common in infants and resolves over a few months, ...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 has inflammation of cornea. What should I tell her?

My sister has inflammation of cornea. What should I tell her?

See an eye doctor: The cornea can swell as a result of several conditions, but true inflammation is much less common and is often a result of infection. Regradless of the cause, any decreased vision from corneal swelling should be evaluated by an eye doctor. There are usually very good treatment options available. ...Read more

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