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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more


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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the hip?

What is does it mean to have dislocation of the hip?

Severe pain: A dislocated hip causes severe pain and no weight bearing or walking. ...Read more

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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

Shoulder Instability: Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm forms the ball and the socket is deep inside the shoulder. It is similar to a golf ball on a golf tee. If the ball falls off the socket then the shoulder is dislocated. Most dislocations are related to the ligaments of the shoulder being stretched or torn. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cellulitis of the hand?

What does it mean to have cellulitis of the hand?

Skin infection.: Cellulitis refers to a superficial skin infection, usually bacterial in origin. A brief course of oral antibiotics is generally sufficient treatment. In severe cases, a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization may be necessary. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the doctor says you have inflammation of the bowels and what causes it to occur?

What does it mean when the doctor says you have inflammation of the bowels and what causes it to occur?

Inflammatory: condition of the intestines, contrasted with infectious condition, is usually Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Other inflammatory conditions are rare. Causes are unknown in most cases. Treatment consists of anti-inflammatory meds, sometimes even steroids, and avoiding certain foods. Ask for a referral to a GI specialist if your symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get an extension of the heart?

What does it mean to get an extension of the heart?

Extension: I assume you mean an extension of a heart attack. This happens when the initial event extends its amount of damage as time goes on ather than the whole damage happening at once. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

Numbness means nerve: True numbness means there is a nerve problem. For the knee this usually means nerve irritation in low back , but not always. An altered sensation near the knee could be a symptom of a cartilage problem or other internal derangement in the knee. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a bacterial infection in your bone marrow?

What exactly does it mean if you have a bacterial infection in your bone marrow?

Osteomyelitis: Infection of the bone marrow requires to i/v strong antibiotics, rest, possibly surgery to drain the infection as well as to get specimen to identify the type of the bugs causing the infection. Total period of treatment is usually least 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What does it mean for tension to accumulate in the wrist?

What does it mean for tension to accumulate in the wrist?

Stress...: This means your wrist is under 'stress', explore why with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the back of your head is sore?

What does it mean if the back of your head is sore?

Pain : I cannot give you a definitive diagnosis but if it is intermittent and sharp it is probably muscular. However if it is dull and persistent you should see a physician and get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a superficialization of my fistula done?

What does it mean to have a superficialization of my fistula done?

Make easy to stick: If your fistula is too deep, your surgeon can move vein closer to the skin so that it is easier to access. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when the doc says you have a narrowing of the spine?

What exactly does it mean when the doc says you have a narrowing of the spine?

Spinal canal: It typically means that their may not be enough space in your spinal canal for the nerves frequently having some narrowing can be without any real consequence if you have no symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the back of your mouth hurts?

What does it mean if the back of your mouth hurts?

NOTHING SPECIFIC: A lot of things can cause pain in the back of your mouth. Without examining your mouth, it is impossible to tell. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 2/3 of a broken back?

What does it mean to have 2/3 of a broken back?

Columns: I suspect you must have fractured two of the three 'columns' of a spinal vertebra: the anterior column, middle column, and posterior column. The stability of a fracture is determined by which columns have been compromised and dictates whether a fracture requires treatment with a brace, a specialized injection, or a surgery (like a spinal fusion). ...Read more

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What does it mean if the back of your tongue is sore?

What does it mean if the back of your tongue is sore?

If the soreness: Is persisting best to be seen by your physician if dentist for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment if needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have swelling of the lymph nodes?

What does it mean if you have swelling of the lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a stages of neuroblastoma?

What does it mean to have a stages of neuroblastoma?

It is for treatment: Cancers are given stages to help with prognosis and treatment . Low stage numbers are better than higher numbers in general. ...Read more

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Does subluxation of trapezium from myocardial joint in my thumb mean arthritis. If not, what does it mean? How to treat?

Does subluxation of trapezium from myocardial  joint in my thumb mean  arthritis. If not, what does it mean? How to treat?

I think so: There may be some confusion regarding the language you use. Arthritis of the base of the thumb (carpometacarpal aka cmc joint) commonly involves subuluxation of the metacarpal from the trapezium. There are non-op options (meds, injections, splints) & surgical options. See these links for more: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00210 http://www.Permanente.Net/homepage/kaiser/pdf/46743.Pdf. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection) (Definition)

An infection of the bone where bacteria invade the bone and bone marrow. ...Read more