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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 the best formula to use?

What is the best formula to use?

No difference: All commercially available formulas are relatively the same, and unless there is a special problem like lactose intolerance or allergy there is no real advantage of one over the others. ...Read more

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Don't get as hard as I use to nothing has changed in my life I am healthy?

Don't get as hard as I use to nothing has changed in my life I am healthy?

Erections: See a Urologist to assure you have no hormonal deficiencies like a low testosterone level as well any underlying medical conditions that may cause your issues. There are of course medications that can help you achieve the erection you once had. best wishes. ...Read more

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If PRN medication is prescribed then is it the case that the medication has to administered if the need arises UNLESS some contraindicating factor for its continuing use arises?

If PRN medication is prescribed then is it the case that the medication has to administered if the need arises UNLESS some contraindicating factor for its continuing use arises?

PRN= As needed.: Medications that are ordered "prn" or as needed, are to be used if or when the problem occurs that needs some help that the medication should provide. An example is a pain medication to be used only when the pain increases to a level that needs relief. Other things may be done to relieve pain, like cold compresses or a heating pad, stretching etc. so the medication may help but is not a must. ...Read more

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If I'm late taking my BC by 14 hours (8am, took @10pm), am I still protected? Took it right away. Should I use alternative methods?

If I'm late taking my BC by 14 hours (8am, took @10pm), am I still protected? Took it right away. Should I use alternative methods?

Doesn't matter: Being 14 hours late one time in your pack will not decrease the effectiveness enough to even worry about it . You are protected as long as other pills are all on time. Do you want to protect against STD's; then use condoms as well. ...Read more

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HealthTap Prime: HealthTap Prime is a virtual medical consultation service. They say as many as 34% of office visits can actually be completed virtually - virtual medicine is one of the waves of the future, and HealthTap Prime is quite the mature product in this regard. Register at www.healthtap.com. ...Read more

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