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Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has colitis. What is that?
Colitis ?: Colitis, simply means inflammation of the colon. There are both chronic and acute forms. Acute forms are usually a bacterial or viral infection of the colon and can be treated with antibiotics or simply hydration, but can also be ischemic colitis involving a lack of blood flow to the colon. Ulcerative colitis and crohn's colitis are chronic forms. Surgery may be required in some situations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has barrett's esophagus. What is that?
Common: If you had 200 classmates, probably 3-5 have barrett's, whether or not they know it. The increased cancer risk is real, but not tremendously high and the large majority never have any problems beyond occasionally needing to be endoscoped. Depending on the pathologist's report on initial biopsy, some people may only need to return if reflux symptoms get more troublesome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has ovarian insufficiency. What is that?
Premature menopause: Ovarian insufficiency is another way of saying someone is going through menopause. There can be various causes of why someone might go through this prematurely. This can be treated with supplemental hormones and should not keep your friend from attending the reunion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has an endocrine tumor. What is that?
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has cavernous sinus aneurysm. What is that?
Type brain aneurysm: The cavernous sinus consists of veins, the carotid artery, and nerves. It can be affected by various disease processes including infections, inflammation, aneurysms, and tumors. Aneurysms usually arise from the internal carotid artery as it passes through the sinus. Aneurysms are dangerous because they may rupture and therefore should be treated using endovascular techniques. ...Read more
Noise: Although some lose hearing from inherited problems or local disease, the most common cause of hearing lose in younger people is exposure to noise. People at especial risk are rock musicians, foundry workers, riveters, and servicemen on flight decks of aircraft carriers. Older folks can get loss from what is called presbyacusis, the loss of hearing of the elderly. ...Read more
Many reasons: As we age our normally decreases but other things besides age are at play like genes, cerumen in ear canal, middle ear disturbance, medication, infection in the ear, barometric injury are just a few more. My suggestion is that to narrow down the possibilities is to make an appt with an ENT (ear nose & throat) physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Were you in a situation where loud music or noise was all around you? Did you wear protection? Aside from inherited defects, the most common cause of loss is frequent unprotected exposure to loud noise. Do you have tinnitus (ringing) which is a sign of sensitivity. Invest in a pair of ear plugs and wear protective ear covers when possible if loud noise is around you. ...Read more
Yes: Hearing aids will make sounds louder. If you are deaf, cochlear implants will give you sound and speech detection and understanding. If your hearing loss is due to fluid behind the ear drums, evacuation of the fluid will help y our hearing. If it is becaue of wax, removal of the wax will improve your hearing. ...Read more