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What does it mean to get tympanometry test done? How does it work?

What does it mean to get tympanometry test done? How does it work?

Hearing check: Typanometry measures how well the eardrum moves. It is a great way to pick up fluid behind the eardrum which is common with colds, sinus issues, allergies, and as a result of an ear infection. If a child has a normal eardrum and a chronic problem on tympanometry the child may benefit form an ENT evaluation. It is a useful tool to monitor recovery form ear infections as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Tympanometry (Definition)

Test of ear status such as pressure of area behind ear drum, presence of fluid behind ear drum, or the presence of a hole in ear drum. A tone is emitted then measured as it is reflected off ear drum. The curve that this reflected tone produces shows characteristics to help in diagnosis.. Other details such as the general stiffness of hearing ...Read more


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What does it mean to get spirometry done?

What does it mean to get spirometry done?

Respiratory Function: Spirometry is performed to assess lung function. There are certain "normal" values for the amount of air a patient a patient can forcefully exhale in one second from a maximum full breath in(fev!), the volume of a full breath(tlc), volume of air exhaled in normal breathing(tv or tidal volume), and many others. Deviation from expected normal could indicate disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get a hearing test? Will it hurt?

What does it mean to get a hearing test? Will it hurt?

Simple: A hearing test is a very simple and non-invasive test.. Simply listen to tones and/or voices and press a button... Very simple. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get a treadmill test done?

What does it mean to get a treadmill test done?

Stress test: A treadmill test is a cardiac stress test, in which one exercises on a treadmill in order to make the heart work harder in order to see if this stress test on the heart shows signs that the heart is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood flowing to a part or parts of the heart.. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an inconclusive blood test mean?

How will i know what does an inconclusive blood test mean?

What it says: "inconclusive" means that the test, whatever it was for, didn't show a definite positive result for a particular abnormality but didn't definitely rule it out either. A better answer depends on knowing what the test was for; for example, an HIV test can be clearly positive (you have been exposed to the virus), clearly negative (no evidence of exposure) or be equivocal and need more tests. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get a schrimer's test?

Tear production: Schirmer's test is a basic test of tear production. Usually is technically a basal secretory rate since it's done anesthetized with a dried fornix, then tears collected on a paper strip over 5 min, measured in mm. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a positive treadmill test?

What does it mean to have a positive treadmill test?

Stress test: Stress testing is an important modality for evaluating patients with known or suspected coronary heart disease (chd). When you take a treadmill (or exercise tolerance) test, data is collected (duration of exercise, any anginal symptoms, and changes on ekg). This data is used to come up with a score from which you are categorized as low, intermediate, or high risk for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

Check for scoliosis: Scoliosis screening is done in schools for adolescents to check for any obvious abnormal spinal asymmetry or curvature on physical examination. This may include a "hump" along the ribs - especially seen with forward bending, having 1 shoulder higher than the other, tight hamstrings, abnormal scoliometer measurement, etc. If an abnormality is suspected, then a referral to a physician is given. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

Entire lung: A pneumonectomy is the removal of the entire lung on one side, usually for lung cancer. Thoracic surgeons now trie to avoid pneumonectomy by performing what are called lung sparing procedures, such as sleeve lobectomy. See a board certified thoracic surgeon before undergoing a pneumonectomy. ...Read more

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When someone do a smear test, what does it show?

When someone do a smear test, what does it show?

Do you mean PAP: Smear? Pap smear is test to detect abnormalities in the lining of the uterine cervix for early detection of cervical cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003911.htm. ...Read more

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How exactly does a tumor work? How does it form and what does it do that is bad for the body?

How exactly does a tumor work? How does it form and what does it do that is bad for the body?

Altered normal cell: normal cells can be affected by viruses or carcinogens to develop mutations in certain genes termed "oncogenes" Certain of these genes like p53 allow cells that have a DNA mutation to slow their rate of division to allow corrections. With mutated genes the corrections not made and mutation is passed to divided cells. There are enzymes like telomerase to allow the mutated cell to have immortality. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an irregular liver function test really mean?

How will i know what does an irregular liver function test really mean?

Liver function tests: They usually called abnormal liver function tests.If the laboratory testing shows incresed level of liver tests .It may suggest some unc=derlying liver problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a blood test done,what does it mean?

What to do if I had a blood test done,what does it mean?

As below: please let me know what kind of blood test you had so that I could explain better ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you fail a breathing test for cancer treatment?

What exactly does it mean when you fail a breathing test for cancer treatment?

More information plz: The only "breathing test for cancer" that I am aware of is not routinely done in the usa. It is done to screen for stomach cancer. Some treatments for other types of cancers can effect the lungs so pulmonary function tests are done to see if people can tolerate the expected decreased function with those treatments. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a dentist does an electrode test?

What does it mean when a dentist does an electrode test?

Tooth vitality test: There is a test called a pulp vitality test which tests if a tooth is "alive" or "dying" from a cavity, crack or trauma. The test involves passing a small electric current through the tooth and recording the value. Then the test is done again on a normal tooth for reference and to compare the values. If the tooth does not respond to the electric current, then the tooth may need a root canal. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get an ultrasound test done?

Does it hurt to get an ultrasound test done?

No: Ultrasound exams use sound waves to produce the images, and are painless. Some ultrasounds are performed with a transducer inside the body (vagina, rectum, throat), there may be some discomfort associated with the transducer placement. ...Read more

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How will i know what does a urine test actually test for?

How will i know what does a urine test actually test for?

Routine urinalysis: Tests for acidity /alkalinity of urine, specific gravity - how dilute or concentrated, presence of blood, presence of white blood cells (seen in infection), presence of bacteria indicating infection, glucose found in diabetes, protein suggestive of possible kidney disease, bile indicating jaundice, ketones elevated in sub-optimal nutrition etc. Urine culture test identifies bacteria in utis. ...Read more

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What role does clindamycin have on clearing up acne? How does it work? What does it do to achieve results?

What role does clindamycin have on clearing up acne? How does it work? What does it do to achieve results?

Acne and Bacteria: A bacteria, known as propionibacterium acnes, is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, therefore increases in follicles during puberty. People with acne have more propionibacterium acnes in their follicles than people without acne. Clindamycin decreases the bacteria which is involved in acne. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a syphillis test qualitive?

What does it mean to have a syphillis test qualitive?

Easy screen: This is a cheap, easy, and reliable screening test for syphilis. Should it turn up positive, your physician may want to get something quantitative, with real numbers, to make sure of the diagnosis and perhaps monitor your response to treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

A rubber barrier: A dental dam is a square piece of thin rubber that stretches over the teeth you are having treated. This creates a barrier between your teeth and your mouth. This is critical with bonded dentistry, such as tooth colored fillings, so all moisture can be controlled also when removing old silver fillings you eliminate the risk of the patient accidentally swallowing anything. Absolute must! ...Read more

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