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MRI Pituitary Gland: I am not certain I fully understand your question. High prolactin levels in the blood are frequently due to functioning Microadenoma of the Pituitary Gland. MRI of the Pituitary demonstrates these lesions. Study takes under 30 minutes. Requires administration of Gadolinium. ...Read more
Machine vision: Optical sorting machines use optical-mechanical detectors and mechanical sorters to scan items, usually on a production line to separate out desired and undesired characteristics. Devices also exist to identify individual cells in this manner and sort them out to remove abnormal cells, for instance, from the blood stream or perform diagnostic cell counting. ...Read more
Washing up at work I was sorting out cutlery I managed to stab my palm on the lifeline crease, would I need medical help?
See a doctor: With the injury you describe you could need stitches but may have also caused tendon damage. Get it checked out with a physician. ...Read more
Will moisturize only: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. There are also stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels, if you need them. ...Read more
I'm having iregular periods due to an hormone problem ; how do I go abt n getting this problem sort out?
See your doctor: First you have to find out if it's a hormonal problem or not, and then treat it properly. For that, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Unsure: I'm assuming you're asking about chronic oversleeping, which has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity and shortened life span. Studies show correlation between these outcomes and sleeping too much, but it is difficult to know if one actually causes the other, or if they simply co-occur because of other shared factors (for example, poverty and depression). ...Read more
I am 35 having diabetes for last 5 yrs. I have vertigo & light-headedness problem with sort of panic disorder for 1 yr. MRI OK. What should I do now?
Primary Care Doctor: Routine blood work should be done together with a complete history and physical exam by your primary care director. If normal, cardiovascular work up should be completed. Be well! ...Read more
Depression: One mechanism is that the excess adipose tissue has a hormonal effect on your brain. ...Read more
Is there any harm in donating blood after exercising? Exercise includes a mix of cardio & weights. No health problems of any sort.
None: While you should not go from the donation center to the gym (follow the nurse's instructions and take it easy for the rest of the day), there is no significant (or usually even noticeable) change in your level of function after a couple of donations and you are used to the experience and how your body responds. ...Read more
How do you fix lower libido and sexual problems of the sort with growth hormone deficiancey? Is it even possible?
See U PCP: For evaluation and work up.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anxiety happens when: Your mind registers a threatening or intimidating future event and your body prepares for action (fight/flight). To manage anxiety, you can change your thoughts about the triggering situation, learn to calm your body's reaction, or deal with the situation to make it less threatening. If anxiety is a pattern or particularly distressing, talk to a psychologist, counselor or biofeedback therapist. ...Read more
Arteritis: This is inflammation of an arterial blood vessel. This is caused either by allergy to a drug where the body thinks the drug is foreign and needs to be removed. Other times the body just reacts against the blood vessels, causing blockage, usually accompanied by a rash, fever, damage to organs the blood vessel supplies ie kidney, lung skin, eye, brain, joint ...Read more
Scarring of the lung: Asbestos exposure can result in tiny asbestos fibers getting deposited in the lungs. This causes inflammation, and scarring. The lungs get stiff, harder to inflate and oxygen transfer from lung to blood is impaired. This is called asbestosis. It is often progressive. In addition the lining around the lungs can scar (pleural plaques) and is a cause of cancer involving this lining (mesothelioma). ...Read more
Excess growth hormon: It is caused by a pituitary tumor that produces growth hormone. In children, it causes gigantism, but when it happens after growth has stopped, it causes acromegaly. There can be enlargement if the jaw and forehead. It can cause high blood pressure, joint pain, skin tags, excess sweating, a goiter. It increases the risk of certain cancers. It is generally treated with surgery. ...Read more
Swelling: Angioedema is a swelling of tissues. Some cases can be shown to be a lack of a particular enzyme, but the mild angioedema that occasionally causes swelling of the tongue or eyelid is not life threatening and usually can't be diagnosed. Angioedema is not hives; if it itches, it is not angioedema. Your allergist can help figure out what is going on, and help you if it is treatable. ...Read more
Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more
Irregular shape: Astigmatism refers to a lens that is not perfectly round. Our corneas and natural lenses appear round to the naked eye, but are in fact not perfectly circular (soccer ball shaped). The more football-shaped they are, the more astigmatism they have, and the more distorted things appear through them. Glasses and contact lenses correct for the astigmatism, removing the blur and distortion it causes. ...Read more
Failure of closure: The fetus is busy around 20-30 days in when the nervous system starts forming along a line like a trench. The trench folds in on itself and begins to form a tube, sealing itself in the middle first and moving toward both ends like two zippers. When the top end fails to close, many brain structures don't form & we have anencephaly.At the bottom, we get spina bifida. ...Read more
Acute inflammation: The appendix is a worm-shaped part of the intestine that is very prone to obstruction, leading to acute inflammation that can progress to perforation if left untreated. While different theories exist, we really don't know why this occurs, but it has remained very common, occurring in app. 10% of the population. Ct scanning has led to the removal of fewer normal appendices based on suspicion. ...Read more
Dwarfism: Achondroplasia, is a birth defect resulting in dwarfism. Dwarfs, or little people have this birth defect. It results from a chromosome problem. Those born with this defect can have multiple problems including difficulty breathing, this can be serious and certain types can be fatal. ...Read more
Cholesteatoma: Poor function in the eustachian tube leads to negative pressure in the middle ear. This pulls a part of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) into the middle ear, creating a pocket or cyst that fills with old skin cells and other waste material (cholesteatoma). The cyst may get bigger and break down some of the middle ear bones. More at: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002045/. ...Read more
Needs Treatment: Addison's disease, which is rare, is failure of the adrenal glands - 2 glands adjacent to the kidneys that produce hormones: especially cortisol, aldosterone, adrenalin, and small amounts of sex hormones. Symptoms include low blood pressure, weight loss, weakness, and dizziness. Replacement therapy is mandatory once the DX is confirmed by lab tests as these hormones are necessary for life. ...Read more
Broad question: A critical injury could be many things. Life-threatening like a closed head injury or a torn major blood vessel, multiple rib fractures, etc. But a critical injury may not be life threatening, but could threaten a limb or be a major detterent to quality of life - think of a bad hand injury or a spinal cord injury. ...Read more
Angelman syndrome: Angelman syndrome is a genetic cause of developmental delay and neurological problems. Affected kids have"flat heads, jerky movements, protruding tongues, and bouts of laughter." infants appear normal at birth, but often have feeding problems in the first months of life and exhibit noticeable developmental delays by 6 to 12 months. Info at: http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/angelman/angelman. Htm. ...Read more