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In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma? During what age range does it not occur?

In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma?  During what age range does it not occur?

Melanoma: It is very rare in young children (they don't get much sun, and not enough time for genetics or heredity to have their effect), and becomes increasingly common after the late teens. Chronic sun exposure or a strong family history are the major risk factors. Pigmented moles that are asymmetric, with an irregular border, with a change to a darker color, larger than 1/2 a centimeter should be checked. ...Read more

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A male breast lump. What are the most common to least common causes in order or likelihood? Everything seems to be classed as uncommon,

A male breast lump. What are the most common to least common causes in order or likelihood?  Everything seems to be classed as uncommon,

Male breast lumps: There isn't an easily summarized answer for all males. Sorry. But, male b-lumps should always be taken seriously. Only a biopsy can answer the question for YOU as an individual. Group statistics won't help you. Lumps in male or female fall into two broad categories: benign or not-benign. (The word malignant could be misleading.) It could be a lipoma, trauma calcification, mastitis, malignancy. ...Read more

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What would be the most common medicines that a pregnant woman can take for the common cold?

What would be the most common medicines that a pregnant woman can take for the common cold?

Be careful: Need to consult with your OB doctor, but non-medicated things such as saline irrigation should be safe again, check with your OB office. Most have a list of medications that can be safely taken in pregnancy. ...Read more

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How likely and common is it to overdose from having potassium?

How likely and common is it to overdose from having potassium?

Potassium overdose?: It is very difficult to overdose on potassium (k) if one has normal kidney function (kf), unless it is given intravenously. It is not the level of k that can harm a person, it is the rapidity of its change that can do harm. Patients with chronic kidney disease can tolerate a k of 5.5-6 meq/l with no symptoms. Patients with normal kf can have problems if their k increases rapidly from 4 to 5.6. ...Read more

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What would cause stasis in the jugular? And how likely is it to recur?

Depends : Depends on what you mean by stasis -- you can get a clot in your jugular, but true stasis can be caused by heart failure or a central venous stenosis. More info is needed to completely answer this question. ...Read more

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How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young.Also what would be most common cause?

How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young.Also what would be most common cause?

Common: I recently had a 22 yo female that developed a stroke a month after she started oral contraceptives. Young patient can develop stroke depending upon their risk factors, such as genetic predisposition, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, a combination of smoking and oral contraceptives, etc. ...Read more

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How common is it to have an extra rib?

How common is it to have an extra rib?

It's common.: Extra ribs are more of a curiosity for the trainee in radiology than anything else! either there may be an extra rib at the top end or the bottom. Rarely, an extra cervical rib may press on some nerves or an artery and needs to be resected, but then the symptom is what brings the patient in to get the x-ray. ...Read more

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What is the most likely cause of a miscarriage?

What is the most likely cause of a miscarriage?

Genetic: Most miscarriages are due to genetic abnormalities in the fetus. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a common cold ?

Is it possible to die from a common cold ?

Not usually : Not usually... With certain exceptions. If one is on certain medications (steroids, chemotherapy, etc), has a weakened/absent immune system (premature infant, hiv, etc), severe malnutrition, or multiple poorly controlled health problems (diabetes, heart failure, copd, etc)-- then more potential complications can develop after a cold. ...Read more

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What would be the most likely cause for pancreatitis?

What would be the most likely cause for pancreatitis?

Gallstones, alcohol: In the U.S. The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones or alcohol. Other common causes are high blood lipids or certain medications. I always tell my patients that sometimes alcohol even in reasonable amounts can cause pancreatitis. It doesn't always have to occur in alcoholics. ...Read more

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How common is it or rare to have a stroke during surgery?

How common is it or rare to have a stroke during surgery?

It is rare: Unless it is cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass. If you have peripheral vascular disease or audible bruit of your carotid artery, you should get a duplex ultrasound to assess possibility of a plaque. If you don't have this, chances of a stroke during surgery and general anesthesia is low. ...Read more

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Was told it is very rare for a female in her mid to late 30s to grow in height. But what could possibly cause those rare and unusual cases to occur?

Was told it is very rare for a female in her mid to late 30s to grow in height. But what could possibly cause those rare and unusual cases to occur?

Growth potential: After puberty, most men and women do not experience much increase in height. The best way to maximize your height is through balanced nutrition, good posture and exercises that will strengthen your back and core muscles to support your spine. ...Read more