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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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My eight year old was today diagnois with mild levoscoliosis thoracic spine what does this mean can it be corrected?

My eight year old was today diagnois with mild levoscoliosis  thoracic spine what does this mean can it be corrected?

Basic label: The term just means the spine curves a small amount to the left and the apparent center of the curve is at the mid chest.It could happen from something as simple as a kid having a bit of chest pain with a respiratory illness and assuming a position of comfort (called splinting).It could be an early sign of a worisome spine issue. At this age, you should followup with repeat x-rays in 3 months ...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 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 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 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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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

Let me try to help: (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine. ...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 father was diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. What does this mean?

Does Dad have DES?: Spastic motility disorders are defined by esophageal manometry, but the intermittent nature of these abnormalities like des frequently requires other esophageal tests before starting treatment. Of course, pain of des can mimic coronary artery disease sufficiently that a cardiac evaluation should first rule out heart & vessel problems. Also, address associated heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome. ...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 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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What does it mean straight cervical with spondyloarthrosis with classification ligamentum nuche in my CT scan thank you?

What does it mean straight cervical with spondyloarthrosis with classification ligamentum nuche in my CT scan thank you?

Cervical spine: generally it means the normal curvature in the c-spine is not there 9usually from spasm) there is arthritis and bone spurs in the c-spine and possible calcification of the ligamentum nuchae the ligament that runs from the base of the skull down the back of the neck. I hope that helped. ...Read more

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I been diagnosed with inflammatory Polyarthropaties and lumbosacral spondylosis what does this mean ?

I been diagnosed with inflammatory Polyarthropaties and lumbosacral spondylosis what does this mean ?

Polyarthropathy: Hard to say exactly since there are many inflammatory polyarthropathies and the prognosis and treatment varies depending upon which it is. Severity of disease can vary tremendously. Your rheumatologist can and probably should provide you with specific info about your disease ...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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I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis almost 3 years ago. Now with second mri, diagnosed with cervical stenosis with bulging disc. How bad is it?

Depends: You can have mild, moderate, severe, or critical stenosis. It depends on your symptoms and whether it is compressing your spinal cord excessively as to whether you need surgery. ...Read more

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I was told I have cervical kyphosis. What is the treatment?

See your doctor: Cervical kyphosis is a reversal of the normal cervical curvature (which should be lordosis). This could be due to injury, muscle spasm, or congenital defect. It is quite unusual. After your doctor investigates, referral to a physical therapist to instruct you on a customized exercise program should help. ...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 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

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Cervical Spine Stenosis (Definition)

This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical spine (your neck). This can have serious nervous sytems effects at or below the ...Read more