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Doctor insights on: Octreoscan Uses

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Do doctors recommend that an octreoscan be done for carcinoid syndrome?

Do doctors recommend that an octreoscan be done for carcinoid syndrome?

Yes: An octreotide scan or octreoscan is a type of scintigraphy used to define metastatic carcinoid lesions. Octreotide, is a drug similar to somatostatin. It is radiolabeled with indium-111 to seek out the carcinoid lesions and is then delivered intravenously. Radioactive octreotide attaches to tumor cells that have receptors for somatostatin and releases a radioactive signal that can be detected ...Read more

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If you have a pituitary tumor and high gastrin levels but an octreoscan came back negative, what is likely wrong?

If you have a pituitary tumor and high gastrin levels but an octreoscan came back negative, what is likely wrong?

There is a condition: Called men (multiple endocrine neoplasia) that can be associated with pituitary tumors, gastrin producing tumors (and other tumors of the pancreas) and parathyroid tumors. It is caused by a certain gene mutation. Things to consider-1. If you are on a proton pump inhibitor, that can raise your gastrin level. 2. Octreotide scans are not the most sensitive imaging technique, and may miss some tumors. ...Read more

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Does radiation from CT scans, mris and/or octreoscan cause peripheral nerve sheath tumors?

Does radiation from CT scans, mris and/or octreoscan cause peripheral nerve sheath tumors?

No radiation from MRI: I have not heard of an association between medical radiation and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. ...Read more

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What is epaderm use for?

Epaderm: This consists of emulsifying wax, yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin - it is applied to dry skin and it acts as a barrier preventing loss of water. Hence the skin stays moist. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use meladerm?

Is it ok to use meladerm?

Most likely safe: Meladerm is an over the counter skin lightening agent. It contains no prescription medications. It does have some acids used for chemical peels so be careful not to overuse it. Chemical peels can be very useful for treating many skin conditions. The real question is it effective enought to justify the cost. ...Read more

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Is it charity to use chip?

Is it charity to use chip?

CHIP: The children’s health insurance program (chip) provides health coverage for children whose families can’t afford private health insurance but who make too much money to be eligible for medicaid. I guess the answer to your question depends on your definition of charity. ...Read more

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At are signs that someone uses drugs by injections?

At are signs that someone uses drugs by injections?

Scars or marks: Usuually you can suspect someone may be using drugs via injection(iv) methods when you see multiple puncture marks on their arms (usually at the fold of the inner elbow) hands, neck, feet/toes and even woman's breasts (yep, their breasts ). Repeated abscesses (like a large pimple) can also develop at the sites where they are injecting. ...Read more