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What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What does it mean when a guy has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Degenrative DO: Als is a neurologic disease where nerves in the central nervous system degenerate, leading to weakness. This can cause inability to walk or use the hands or arms, facial weakness, difficulty eating and swallowing, and respiratory difficulties, leading to infections like pneumonia. It is not a curable disease. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


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When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that delivers the information of sight. When the optic nerve is inflamed, it may be painful to move the eye and the vision is poor. The vision cannot be corrected with lenses. Most often this condition occurs without a cause. Sometimes this is a symptom of MS. ...Read more

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When a man has cerebral contusion, what does it mean?

When a man has cerebral contusion, what does it mean?

Bruise of the brain: Contusion means bruise. There may be scattered bleeding or some surrounding swelling. This can be minor or very serious depending upon the extent and location of the contusion. All such patients should be hospitalized as the swelling may increase in the days after the injury and lead to serious problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has amyloidosis?

What does it mean when a man has amyloidosis?

Deposit of amyloid: Amyloid are types of protein that can be deposited in your body. These can occur secondary to a variety of illness and why this happened is still not completely understood. It depends what the locations of the amyloid are as to how the amyloid effects a person. What ever else teh man has may be related tothis diagnosis. ...Read more

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When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

Pressure: Usually a compression neuropathy means that something is pushing on a nerve. Sciatica is common - frequently a disc in the spine puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

Difficulty Moving: Cerbral palsy is caused by injury to the areas of the brain that control movement. It can range from a child with weakness in one arm to someone who cannot control there arms or legs. A child may require equipment to walk or be wheelchair bound. It may be accompanied by mental retardation. Typical causes include injury before or after birth, prematurity or asphyxiation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a woman has goodpasture syndrome?

What does it mean when a woman has goodpasture syndrome?

Autoimmune disease: Antibodies float in blood that attack the kidney and lung tissues. These antibodies are made by the persons immune system when it recognizes some tissues as foreign. The end result is kidney failure and lung failure kind of like bad pneumonia with coughing up blood. It is not infectious. Treatment includes immune suppression to stop these antibodies and plasma exchange to remove antibodies. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my son has a degenerative rib?

What does it mean if my son has a degenerative rib?

May have arthritis: In the center of aged human rib cartilage, a yellowing degenerative zone is seen, while in a circular peripheral region the tissue remains unchanged. ...Read more

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When a boy has compression fracture, what does it mean?

When a boy has compression fracture, what does it mean?

Spine fracture: Usually compression fractures are referring to spine fractures. Compression fractures by definition involve the anterior column of the spine. Depending on the location and amount of compression determines treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a baby has enlarged tongue that thrusts. Sticks out?

What does it mean if a baby has enlarged tongue that thrusts. Sticks out?

Macroglossia: This is the technical term for an enlarged tongue. Its cause is unknown. The baby may grow as it were around his/her own tongue. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a person has front lobe meningioma?

What does it mean if a person has front lobe meningioma?

Benign tumor: Frontal lobe meningioma is a benign tumor of the covering of the brain (meninges) if indicated can be removed by neurosurgery. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

Unusual but...: Also occurs in girls. Only one significant difference will be that the offspring from an affected girl has 25 percent chance to develop pyloric stenosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

This is skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that needs to be removed. Bcc is the most common form of skin cancer and, thankfully, not very aggressive. Bccs typically do not spread, but should be treated early to minimize the amount of skin that is involved. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have these treated. This is very different from melanoma which is much more aggressive. ...Read more

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What does it mean when parent has age-related macular degeneration?

What does it mean when parent has age-related macular degeneration?

You are At Risk: Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined, meaning that it is inherited from parents. A smaller risk is conferred by environmental factors such as smoking. There are genetics tests available in many retina offices which can determine your risk with a mouth swab. ...Read more

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When a woman has periodontal disease, what does it mean?

When a woman has periodontal disease, what does it mean?

Gum & bone infection: Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth there are two types of gum disease:gingivitis is the milder form and effects only the gums, while periodontitis is more severe and spreads below the gums to damage the tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is the same for men and women. This requires periodontal treatment and maintenance. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

Internal stimuli: When people who are suffering from schizophrenia are struggling with internal experiences that have no correspondence to their environment they will appear to be behaving in a bizarre manner. When they hear a voice saying a humorous statement or see a visual hallucination that is silly they may respond with laughter. Their impulse control and social awareness may be compromised as well. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

Congenital defect: Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy. ...Read more

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig Disease) (Definition)

Also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) this is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more