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If you had a Negative Anti Nuclear Antibody test would this rule out a diagnosis of DLE or SLE?

If you had a Negative Anti Nuclear Antibody test would this rule out a diagnosis of DLE  or SLE?

Not necessarily: There is ANA negative lupus. You may consult this site for diagnostic criteria for lupus: http://lupusresearchinstitute.org/lupus-facts/lupus-diagnosis ...Read more

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Does an MRI result of "minimal nonspecific periventricular deep white matter intensities" correlate or rule out an autism diagnosis in a 3yr old girl?

Does an MRI result of "minimal nonspecific periventricular deep white matter intensities" correlate or rule out an autism diagnosis in a 3yr old girl?

Not correlation: Should discuss with the neurologist on what it likely represents . But I can tell you it is not known to have a significant correlation with autism by itself e.g this finding is a well established determinant one way or another is not so. Take care. ...Read more

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I think I have lipedema. I want to rule it out or get diagnosis but cant seem to find a doctor in iowa who knows anything about it. What do I do?

I think I have lipedema. I want to rule it out or get diagnosis but cant seem to find a doctor in iowa who knows anything about it. What do I do?

Wikipedia: On line WIKIPEDIA is good reference. Print it out. Take with you to dermatologist or vascular surgeon. Try the nearest medical school if you can. Meanwhile, exercise, lose weight slowly but steadily, elevate legs higher than chest several times a day for as long as you can, wear elastic stockings knee length or higher, look for lymphatic massage, find where you can buy or rent a compression machin ...Read more

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Please help docs! is 'rule out pneumonia' really a proper medical diagnosis?

Please help docs! is 'rule out pneumonia' really a proper medical diagnosis?

Xray, clinical signs: Not really. On radiograph sometimes pneumonia is consolidation or density on radiograph. Atelectasis or volume loss can some times have similar appearance. Clinical symptoms and physical exam should be considered in determination of proper clinical diagnosis ...Read more

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When igf-1 is high and gh are normal rule out the possibility of Acromegaly? Or get more complicated the Diagnosis?

When igf-1 is high and gh are normal rule out the possibility of Acromegaly? Or get more complicated the Diagnosis?

Unlikely: Acromegaly as a result of excessive GH is extremely rare and symptoms are not straight forward but you can look them up. The IGF-1 is a good screening test for GH excess but if it was only mildly elevated the normal GH would be reassuring. After you read up, please discuss with the doctor who ordered the tests because it can be complicated ...Read more

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What diagnosis can a stool sample help with ? What can it rule out

What diagnosis can a stool sample help with ? What can it rule out

A lot: Microscopic bleeding, parasites, in digested food, abnormal bacterial overgrowth, white blood cells, and so on... ...Read more

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Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Can an early cystic fibrosis test rule out the possibility of a late in life diagnosis?

Depends on test: Depending on the original test that was performed, it is unlikely that a diagnosis of CF will be made later in life. Most of the testing that is done today is highly accurate. If you are referring to yourself, at age 31, if the diagnosis of CF has not yet been made, and you have been relatively healthy all of your life, i would say it is unlikely you have it. ...Read more