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Marker (Definition)

A "marker" is a protein or enzyme that can represent a disease process. Some markers are specific for a particular disease, while ...Read more


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Beside sti's, can pelvic inflammatory disease be acquired through any other means?

Beside sti's, can pelvic inflammatory disease be acquired through any other means?

Yes: The vagina provides exposure the outside environment through the cervix, fallopian tubes & out into the pelvis. A reasonably common organism causing pid is e. Coli which resides in the rectum. Fecal material that is exposed to the vagina can infect with e. Coli traveling into the pelvis through the above route. There are other vaginal bacteria that can cause pid not related to stds. ...Read more

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Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

No: Hemorrhoids are extremely common and are not necessarily a marker for IBD. Patients with Crohn's disease can develop large external hemorrhoids that can be very painful, but they almost always have other dramatic symptoms. ...Read more

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On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others...What does this means?

On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others...What does this means?

Imaging studies: These provide information used to determine whether further investigative studies may be necessary based upon your clinical signs and symptoms and lab values. The results of your ct show an abnormality that your doctor may wish to pursue with a colonoscopy or other procedures of their choice. Hope this clears up uneventfully. ...Read more

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What are inflammatory markers?

What are inflammatory markers?

Sed Rate and: C-reactive protein come to mind. Non-specific, commonly indicate body reaction to infection, and sometimes tiumors especially lymphoma. These measure proteins and those in the gamma globulin class that may respond to antigen. Inflammatory cytokines can go up in response to treatment and healing as well. ...Read more

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Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Varied: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma, can cause pericarditis. Kidney failure (uremic pericarditis), tumors, genetic diseases such as familial mediterranean fever, or rarely, medications that suppress the immune system can also be the cause. In a number of cases of pericarditis, the cause is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic pericarditis. ...Read more

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