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What does a bulging lump in my baby’s scrotum mean?

What does a bulging lump in my baby’s scrotum mean?

Likely hydrocele: Most scrotal swellings in infants are hyroceles however a few turn out to be hernias. Most infant scrotal hernias are easily reducible. You get a "squishy" feeling as it reduces when you squeeze it. Only needs urgent attention if becomes red, painful or tender. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What does sunken eyes mean in the elderly?

What does sunken eyes mean in the elderly?

Common: It is common as we age for the fat around the eyes to shrink down. This can give the appearance of sunken eyes. ...Read more

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Protruding vein on forehead what does it mean?

Protruding vein on forehead what does it mean?

Positional change.: The veins in the face just as the veins in the rest of the body change in size depending on changes in position as well as changes in levels of hydration and changes in pressure in the chest and abdominal cavity. In the face, the veins decrease with standing and increase with lying down. Straining or laughing increase the the pressure in the chest which can increase the size of the facial veins. ...Read more

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Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

Does head banging mean that my child is in pain?

No: Head banging is ok if it happens once in a while, if a baby is otherwise normally developing, and the baby outgrows it and doesn't do it later. Babies like to interact with their environment, which includes hitting things with the hands, kicking things with the feet, and banging things with the head. However, in a baby who behaves oddly in any other way, headbanging may be a serious problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my MRI results say that my cerebellar tonsils are seen low lying 4.2mm below, suggesting chiari malformation?

What does it mean when my MRI results say that my  cerebellar tonsils are seen low lying 4.2mm below, suggesting chiari malformation?

Chiari malformation: What you're describing is a typical finding for a chiari type 1 malformation. Chiari malformation is basically when part of the brain (cerebellum) sits below the base of the skull. This may cause headaches, weakness, trouble swallowing/speaking, numbness of the arms....Many different symptoms are possible. It also can be asymptomatic. Get a neurological or neurosurgical evaluation. ...Read more

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Disc in neck spine is pushing out. What does that mean?

Disc in neck spine is pushing out. What does that mean?

Disc bulge: Intervertebral discs are soft structures between the bony vertebrae of the spinal column that function as 'shock absorbers'. They care referred to as bulging, herniated, slipped, etc. when they become malpositioned due to age or trauma. These discs may press on nerves as they live the spinal canal, creating pain and weakness. Practicing good ergonomics and core strengthening is important. ...Read more

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What does three cord vessels seen mean?

What does three cord vessels seen mean?

Reason to smile: Babies' umbilical cords should contain 3 vessels, so it's something we look for on ultrasound and at the time of birth. Sometimes the cord will only contain two vessels, and this is sometimes associated with problems. So if you see only 2 vessels, further investigation may be warranted. But 3 vessels means happy, happy. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the circumference of my baby's head is above a certain percentile?

What does it mean if the circumference of my baby's head is above a certain percentile?

See below: As long as your baby's head stays at that percentage there is not problem. Some children have large heads, and some small. If the head circumference keep increasing then there may be a problem. The pediatrician is well aware of this and will keep an eye on it for you. ...Read more

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What does excessive calcium mean in the neck?

What does excessive calcium mean in the neck?

Calcium: Depends on where it is. If in thyroid, it could be a sign of cancer. Need to be more specific ...Read more

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What does it mean when veins start showing on the forehead?

What does it mean when veins start showing on the forehead?

Positional change.: The veins in the face just as the veins in the rest of the body change in size depending on changes in position as well as changes in levels of hydration and changes in pressure in the chest and abdominal cavity. In the face, the veins decrease with standing and increase with lying down. Straining or laughing increase the the pressure in the chest which can increase the size of the facial veins. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if bones are fused in my foot?

What exactly does it mean if bones are fused in my foot?

Two bones joined: Fusion refers to the joining of two bones where a joint/space should be present. For example, this can be the result of arthritis in which the joint space is diminished and the bones rub together to fuse or can be a purposeful fusion such as in surgery where an arthrodesis is performed. ...Read more

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My bone scan says there is photopenic defect within my ribs what does this mean?

My bone scan says there is photopenic defect within my ribs what does this mean?

Decreased uptake: This means there's a spot with less uptake of the radioactive marker, which usually means less blood flow. Usually bone scans are used to look for areas of increased uptake or blood flow, as would be seen with a tumor or infection. Decreased uptake is usually not of concern, but your doctor can order other imaging studies of the area if needed. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have a small broad-based posterior disk bulge?

What exactly does it mean if I have a small broad-based posterior disk bulge?

Not much : incidental asymptomatic finding frequently asymptomatic at your age if you guess it is the cause of pain your wrong 30% of the time ...Read more

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What does it mean if the blood vessels in my head are inflamed?

What does it mean if the blood vessels in my head are inflamed?

Vasculitis: The cause of most forms of vasculitis ( inflammation of blood vessels) is unknown. However we know the immune system plays a role. The immune system is meant to protect the body, but when it becomes "overactive" due to some unknown trigger it can cause inflammation in the blood vessels. This causes narrowing of the blood vessel, decreased blood supply which can cause damage to surrounding tissues. ...Read more

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What does a prominent cisterna magma mean on an MRI scan? Does this affect memory?

What does a prominent cisterna magma mean on an MRI scan? Does this affect memory?

No need to worry: A prominent cisterna magna is an incidental finding, and won't cause you any problems. It won't affect your memory. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if my head hurts really bad along with my spinal cord and lungs?

What exactly does it mean if my head hurts really bad along with my spinal cord and lungs?

H/a pleuritic pain?: Well these are sort of unrelated. Headches - you need to see a doctor. Chest pain or pain on inspiration - is also abnormal - see a doctor. And spinal cord pain - well that is usually not what one describes for back pain - what kind of spinal cord pain are you having. And tell your doctor about this. These three things are not likely to be related unless you have TB *(tuberculosis). ...Read more

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Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from.this and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from.this and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Yes and no: Degeneration in the neck can cause neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and even pain running into the arm, but rarely dizziness. If dizziness is a primary symptom, you may need to look for other cause, such as for example a middle ear problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

CSF protein : The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more