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Vascular Neoplasm Symptoms
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
In some ways, occass: Tumor simply means growth. The simple definition of "malignant" includes the ability to invade and metastasize. If a tumor does not have both of those characteristics than it is not malignant. That being said, a benign tumor can grow to large sizes or be in a location that could give the same symptoms as a malignant growth in the same location. There are many examples. ...Read more
Peripheral vascular: Peripheral artery disease, or "pad" is a blood vessel condition that is usually the result of progressive plaque build-up within the walls of arteries than leads to blockage of blood flow. It can cause leg pain when walking, usually in the calves, pain at rest in the foot or leg, leg numbness or tinlging, coldness or discoloration of the skin, foot or leg ulcers, gangrene, poor healing of wounds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more
Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more
Vary Widely: The symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, wounds, gangrene, or slow healing of the affected extremity. The most common early sign is claudication, which is defined as muscle discomfort or cramping brought on by exercise & relieved with rest. Chronic pain in the leg or foot, often a achiness or burning, is also common. Get testing w/ ultrasound or blood pressures of the legs by vascular MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multilobulated pulmonary mass w/calcifications in left upper lobe. Neoplastic disease vs inflammatory/infectious process. rule out metastatic disease ?
In general...: IN GENERAL, a multilobulated mass is more likely malignant, one with calcifications is less likely. As in much else, size matters, with bigger being more worrisome. If you're smoker, more likely malignant, if from place of endemic TB or histoplasmosis, risk of chronic infection rises. You'll need to be evaluated by a pulmonologist, who will very likely recommend biopsy. ...Read more
Myxofibrosarcoma presenting in the skin: clinicopathological features and differential diagnosis with cutaneous myxoid neoplasms.?
Fairly common: The differential diagnosis will be made by the pathology team. My teacher hector battifora was among the world's most distinguished sarcoma pathologists but said he would never sign one out without another pathologist. The low nuclear grade ones rarely metastasize / kill, but all are prone to annoying local recurrences. Good luck, glad it's this relatively tame (still dangerous) cancer. ...Read more
Etiology remote trauma/inflammation/demyelination, or chronic ischemia due to migraine or other vasculopathies, what to do?
Have hashimoto's; demyelinating brain lesions, one atypical; benign vertebral lesions, one atypical hemangioma. R these connected, or possible MS too?
Not connected: Hemangiomas and multiple sclerosis lesions can be difficult to differentiate on mri. Brain lesions of the demyelinating type are usually caused by multiple sclerosis but need to be diagnosed carefully, especially when atypical. Hemangiomas and multiple sclerosis are not connected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain MRI results: differential includes nonspecific demyelinating process such as MS vasculitis and infectious etilogies. What does this mean?
Meaning of MRI: Differential- this refers to the list of possible diagnoses for the person. The radiologist is not exactly sure what the imaging diagnosis is but what they are saying is that it looks like is ms or ms like things. Ms vasculitis (swelling of the arteries seen in ms). The other thing he/she thinks is possible are infectious etiologies (causes: such as bacterial or viral infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Neurologic paraneoplastic syndromes are caused by an abnormal immune response to the tumor, which makes the body accidentally attack its own nervous tissue. Muscle weakness, stiff limbs, dizziness, coordination problems, vision problems, confusion, difficulty swallowing, memory problems and numbness are some of the many possible symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, usually...: Seeing renal vascular calcification is not uncommon and usually an incidental finding on imaging studies for other causes such as hematuria, kidney infection, stones, etc. . Of course, such patient needs to look into if having similar calcification in other arteries like aorta, since it is merely a part of systemic vascular disease. Besides, kidney function and size have to be watched and.... ...Read more
Yes: Yes, vascular surgeons have extensive knowledge about all forms of vascular disease, including infectious conditions affecting the blood vessels as well as inflammatory arteritis. The most common infections vascular issues relate to infections of bypass grafts, although other rare infectious diseases can afffect the native blood vessels and lead to aneurysms or other blood vessels problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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