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Could depression affect organ transplants?

Could depression affect organ transplants?

Stress and healing: I feel that depression would adversely affect the healing process from an organ transplant. Severe depression can impair your ability to take care of yourself. You might miss medical appointments and/or medication, neglect your hygiene which then puts you at risk for infection. The added mental stress can also slow down the wound healing process. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Unfortunately yes: As MSA progresses, every muscle in the body eventually gets affected by the degeneration of the autonomic nerves & other derangements which cannot be compensated for anymore by the "voluntary" nervous system. I have a patient who is likely going through his last stages & it is a relentless disease process for which he now refuses any & all interventions to help him with breathing or swallowing. ...Read more

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Can multiple system atrophy cause abnormal emg?

Can multiple system atrophy cause abnormal emg?

Yes: Any thing that effects a particular nerve and the muscles it innervates could lead to abnormal EMG ...Read more

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Is cerebellar atrophy fatal?

Is cerebellar atrophy fatal?

No: Cerebellar atrophy can be associated with long term Phenytoin use and alcohol consumption. It by itself is not a fatal condition ...Read more

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Metastatic carcinoma omental tissue with unknown source men?

Metastatic carcinoma omental tissue with unknown source men?

Unfortunate: This is usually an unfortunate situation. The most common primary site will be somewhere in the intestinal tract, like the stomach. The pathologists will try many stains on the tissue to help define the origin. This helps with choosing the most appropriate chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

Can hashimoto's disease cause brain demyelinations ?

No: No, Hashimoto's does not cause brain demyelinations. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction which will eventually cause hypothyroidism. During initial stage of Hashimoto's, thyroid function may remain normal or transiently elevated with self resolution. But in long term, most patient with Hashimoto's will develop hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement ...Read more

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Does atrophy of the pancreas necessarily cause loss of function?

Does atrophy of the pancreas necessarily cause loss  of  function?

Yes: Atrophy of Pancreas will cause loss of exocrine and endocrine loss of function from fibrotic and parenchymal damage ...Read more

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Can vascular conditions cause organ damage?

Can vascular conditions cause organ damage?

Yes they do!!: Vascular disease and cardiovascular disease are the number one killers. Cancer is number two. Vascular conditions kill by cardiovascular events; stroke, heart attack, sudden death, limb loss, organ failure, hemorrhage or bleeding out. Often no warning to the patient or doc, before a vascular event. Patients and doctors have to work as a team to diagnose and treat before event occurs. ...Read more

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Hepatitis affects what organ of the body?

Hepatitis affects what organ of the body?

The liver: Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver. Many things can cause hepatitis, autoimmune disease, toxins including alcohol, fat, viruses (hepatitis a, b, c, d, e, g and other viruses), trauma including shock and lack of oxygen. In addition, some diseases of the bile duct can secondarily cause hepatitis since bile backup can injure the liver. ...Read more

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What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

Renal atrophy: Renal atrophy can happen to single or bilateral kidneys. First you need to consider whether it is due to congenital renal dysplasia. Uremia, Acute Glomerular Disease, Diabetic Nephrosclerosis, rejection reaction of kidney transplant, Chronic Glomerulonephritis, renal cortical necrosis, Alport Syndrome, acute renal tubular necrosis, Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis...etc. ...Read more

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Which organ systems are affected by breast cancer?

Which organ systems are affected by breast cancer?

Often breast only: Common sites of metastasis: liver, lung, bone and brain. Breast cancer is considered a systemic disease, which means we need to treat the risk of spread. That is where chemotherapy and hormone blocking medications play a role. ...Read more

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Can penile nerve damage effect brain ?

Can penile nerve damage effect brain ?

Brain not affected: Given the types of TOPICAL TAGS I see you have used for this question the short answer is NO. There is absolutely no relationship between penile "nerve" damage as you state and some type of future dysfunction of the brain in terms of a functional or neurodegenerative order. ...Read more

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How advanced are "stem cells" with regards to male reproductive organs' tissue regeneration.. Mainly for treating trauma of delicate tissues. Curious!

How advanced are "stem cells" with regards to male reproductive organs' tissue regeneration.. Mainly for treating trauma of delicate tissues. Curious!

Not advanced: Stem cells by definition are primitive cells that can differentiate into multiple cell types. Consult this site for info. http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/Pages/Default.aspx ...Read more

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Can stem cells injection cure optic nerve atrophy?

Can stem cells injection cure optic nerve atrophy?

Not yet.: While there is a lot of interest in using stem cells to regenerate injured brain, spinal cord, and eye disease, so far, these are all experimental and unproven. ...Read more

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Is diffuse moderate pancreatic fatty atrophy serious?

Is diffuse moderate pancreatic fatty atrophy  serious?

It depends & more: info about u would help. Why ?'d? If test was US not very accurate for this. Gen this is in overweight/obese people, usually w ? triglycerides. The wt is the prob & w wt loss the panc fat will improve. There are more rare causes? Reason usually never be found, can be a gallstone, chronic pancreatitis, rarely mass. Main concerns are pain if chronic pancreatitis/stones & malabsorption. Needs eval. ...Read more

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Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Am i related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Not necessarily: Random people can share some tissue antigens. You are more likely to share tissue antigens with someone you are related to, but sharing antigens does not mean the two people are related. ...Read more

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The dysfunction within what endocrine organ causes diabetes?

The dysfunction within what endocrine organ causes diabetes?

Complex answer: The pancreas is the easy answer, but it's more complex than that. In type i diabetics, it really is an issue with the pancreas. In type ii diabetics, the pancreas generally makes plenty of insulin, but the body becomes resistant to it. Aside from the pancreas, the liver, muscles, and fat are also involved in maintaining normal glucose levels in the body. ...Read more

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Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways. ...Read more

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Can lumbalpunction cause ha/pneumonia/ brain damage ?

Can lumbalpunction cause ha/pneumonia/ brain damage ?

Lumbar puncture: Lumbar punctures can cause headaches from low cerebrospinal fluid pressure but this is usually temporary. Brain damage is a rare complication related to a large mass or pressure in the brain that can cause brain contents to herniate into the spinal canal or against the brainstem. Vomiting and aspirating after a lumbar puncture could lead to pneumonia. ...Read more