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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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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Does a premature closing of the soft spot necessarily mean a baby has craniosynostosis?

Does a premature closing of the soft spot necessarily mean a baby has craniosynostosis?

No: The skull bones are already fused in craniosynostosis and the head shape should be different in appearance. In addition to examining the fontanelles, your doctor should be following the head circumference. If your baby's head is growing as expected that is a good measure of growth. Often the fontanelle feels closed but is still there. I am not sure of the age of your child and advise may change. ...Read more

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I'm in such pain, does that mean my labia is swollen due to infection?

I'm in such pain, does that mean my labia is swollen due to infection?

Labial swelling: This is nothing to fool with and would recommend you see a doctor asap especially if you have a fever>101.5f /38.6c. This could well be a simple skin infection (cellulitis) or an ingrown hair or infected or swollen cyst. But, the pelvic area has a large area of 'dead space' and infections can spread readily up into the pelvis and cause real problems. Best to play it safe and see a doc. ...Read more

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My soft palate is swollen from ear infection, what should I do?

My soft palate is swollen from ear infection, what should I do?

palate swollen: You must see a physician asap. It needs professional evaluation. In the meantime and i dont mean weeks, rinse and gargle with very warm water with a pinch of table salt in it......4 times a day minimum. ...Read more

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My son 11 Ct scan right ear: What does it mean to have some mild membrane thickening in scattered mastoid air cells?

My son 11 Ct scan right ear: What does it mean to have some mild membrane thickening in scattered mastoid air cells?

Mastoiditis: is an infection of the air cells of the mastoid sinuses, just behind the ear, a complication of otitis media. It is a more serious infection and requires specialized treatment. The CT finding you describe suggests there is no mastoiditis but possible low grade inflammation of some mastoid air cells . To prevent this make sure all ear infections are properly treated or tubes placed ...Read more

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What is middle ear opacification of the hair cells and what does it have to do if anything with hearing loss? I had a normal MRI. Loss only in rt ear.

What is middle ear opacification of the hair cells and what does it have to do if anything with hearing loss? I had a normal MRI. Loss only in rt ear.

Hard to give an: ...answer here. The hair cells are in your INNER ear, not your middle ear. The ear drum (middle ear) can be opaque if there's fluid in it. Fluid in the middle ear can cause conductive hearing loss--the fluid interferes with condition of sound waves into the inner ear. Damage to the inner ear hair cells can cause sensor-neural hearing loss--sound never gets to the hearing part of your brain. ...Read more

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What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

Depends on situation: If it bulges when baby is upright, it can mean excess pressure has built up in the head & is a reason to go in & have baby checked. Normally hydrated infants can bulge laying down and or during fussy periods. ...Read more

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Does the color of ear tubes for reoccuring ear infection say about the tube? Common bobbin ear tube. Our pediatrician said that the color almost look silver and the not typical blue or green that he usually have seen. The ear tube is for our 8mo old son a

Does the color of ear tubes for reoccuring ear infection say about the tube? Common bobbin ear tube. Our pediatrician said that the color almost look silver and the not typical blue or green that he usually have seen. The ear tube is for our 8mo old son a

Many types of tubes: The titanium ones are one of many options for tubes. As your son had the tubes placed as a baby, his ear canals may have been too narrow to get the more standard tubes in (often are blue or white or green) and a "tiny titan" titanium tube might have been easier to fit into smaller ears. There isn't a lot of evidence to say one tube is better than another. Ask your ENT why that tube was chosen. ...Read more

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What does it mean C3-C4 Disc protrusion with impingement on the thecal sac? Also what does it mean to have a cyst on the floor of maxillary sinus?

What does it mean C3-C4 Disc protrusion with impingement on the thecal sac? Also what does it mean to have a cyst on the floor of maxillary sinus?

Radiologic findings: 1) The soft disk between vertebrae C3 and C4 has a defect and is protruding toward the spinal cord. The thecal sack covers the actual cord and is appearing a bit indented on the image. Whether this has significance for you depends on symptoms and expert physical examination. You will learn more about what to do next at your follow up visit 2) the cyst is a small fluid pocket at the bottom of... ...Read more

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What does a left frontal lobe soft spot mean and what are the dangers?

What does a left frontal lobe soft spot mean and what are the dangers?

?????: Do you mean outside the skull or inside the skull? Is this something you can feel on the side of your head? Because you said "frontal lobe," but the frontal lobe is on the other side of some tough bone. If you mean actually in the brain, you'll have to explain "soft spot," because the living brain has roughly the consistency of raw egg yolk. It's ALL soft. Please repost with clearer wording. ...Read more

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What does fluid around the kidney mean for an infant?

What does fluid around the kidney mean for an infant?

Retroperitoneal absc: Is there fluid "around" the kidney? Was this seen on ct or mri? Has this baby had fevers, illness, any ultrasounds demonstrating "fluid around the kidney"? If not, then i also would agree with answer that this sounds like a collection of urine backing up in the kidney because of a blockage of outlet, most commonly vur (vesico-ureteral reflux) , which causes the kidney to enlarge. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a disc has loss of hydration?

What does it mean when a disc has loss of hydration?

Common: Unfortunately, it is a common change with aging, and some of us are genetically predisposed to have more rapid and/or more pronounced disc dessication than others. Remaining active & hydrated help some. Others recommend periodic inversion (hanging upside down) to "stretch" the discs & encourage uptake of fluids/nutrients--? If works, but helps w/discomfort in some and has little (upside-)downside. ...Read more

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I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

I had a normal brain mri, but why does is say I have mild inflammation of the right mastoid air cells? Is that an ear infection?

Not part of brain: the mastoids are really not part of the "brain ". If there was fluid in the mastoids which normally have air in them. When that happens these sinuses are inflamed. And you could say like an ear infection ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon?

What does it mean when there's an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon?

Mucosal congestion: This means that there is some swelling and inflammation that is going on - kind of similar to what is going on in your sinuses when you're having a cold. I would not worry too much over that if it is the only thing found to be abnormal. The doc who discovered should be able to help you treating it if it is what is causing your symptoms. In most cases, it would be expected to be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more