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What is pouchitis? Is it a major problem?

What is pouchitis? Is it a major problem?

Infl ileoanal pouch: Some with ulcerative colitis need surgery (colectomy) for control. Connect ileum (small bowel) to anus: get rid of diseased colon, prevent colon cancer. Fashion a reservoir of loops of ileum for the connection; same appplies to ileostomies. Inflamed pouch, increased discharge, frequency, pain, fever, occasionally bleeding. Rx acutely with antibiotics; might prevent with probiotics. ...Read more

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Is Hernia is a serious problem ? If treatment of hernia is not done,so there is problem or not and if yes what kind of problem is done? Is herni?

Is Hernia is  a serious problem ?  If treatment of hernia is not done,so there is problem or not and if yes what kind of problem is done?  Is herni?

Depends: As we age and depending upon size, size of neck of hernia, bowel sliding in and out or NOT! Can make a difference in recommendations to repair. Also,other cardiopulmonary, urinary, or colon disorders may change the plan and results. ...Read more

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What is a protruding gut? Is this serious?

What is a protruding gut? Is this serious?

This often refers to: A bulging belly. Abdominal obesity is a risk factor for some conditions. What is important is to work on getting to a healthy weigh with healthy diet and exercise. ...Read more

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What is the main problem that makes a person get pcos? Is it preventable?

What is the main problem that makes a person get pcos? Is it preventable?

Overweight: The majority of people with pcos have pre-diabetes. People with pcos are at very high risk for diabetes. There is a genetic (family history) component to pcos and diabetes, but daily exercise, staying at a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet that is very low in saturated fat is vital. There are some (very few) pcos women who are thin and the disorder is purely genetic. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmuring, and is it a condition which is serious?

What is a heart murmuring, and is it a condition which is serious?

It depends: A heart murmur is an extra sound that is not normally heard when listening to the heart. There are many situations where the murmur is normal and it is referred to as an "innocent" murmur. Alternatively, the murmur may be due to abnormal valve function, an abnormal blood vessel or a hole in the heart. It is important to have an evaluation to know for sure. ...Read more

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What is anaphylaxis? Why is it such a big deal?

What is anaphylaxis? Why is it such a big deal?

You can die.: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction affecting many organs at once. Most serious is swelling shutting off movement of air through the windpipe & leakage of plasma out of the bloodstream leading to catastrophic loss of blood pressure, shock & heart stoppage. Death occurs in 1% of all episodes of anaphylaxis. Its victims are often children and young adults in the prime of life. ...Read more

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There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

Worrisome: Blocks are strokes - is this the cause of your weakness?You may recover and never have another, but this could also be a warning of another stroke and that could cause loss of function that might not recover. Control your high BP and you may be started on aspirin. At the time of a stroke, you may start on blood thinners and tpa (alteplase). Post stroke rehab activities are valuable but may take effort. ...Read more

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What is a colostomy and is this a common procedure?

What is a colostomy and is this a common procedure?

A bag: This is a surgically placed bag on the abdomen used for some patients who have had colon surgery. These are common procedures. ...Read more

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What is considered flank-pain, and is it always a kidney problem?

What is considered flank-pain, and is it always a kidney problem?

See below: The flank is a area below the rib cage in the back, on the sides of the spine. Some portion of the kidney lies below the rib cage in that area. All flank pain does not mean pain from kidneys and could be due strained muscle. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis? is there a cure for it

What is cellulitis? is there a cure for it

Ceullitis: is a bacterial infection of the skin and superficial soft tissues. It may present as redness, warmth, pain and or fever. Oral antibiotics usually are the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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What is a pseudomenigeocele and how is it treated?

What is a pseudomenigeocele and how is it treated?

Spinal fluid : In contrast to a meningocele, which is a spinal fluid collection covered by dura that extends beyond the normal areas, a pseudomeningocele is spinal fluid not covered by dura. It is typically a result of surgery on the spine, where the covering (dura) was opened, intentionally or unintentionally. Unless it produces headaches, or is draining thru the skin, the pseudomenigocele is left alone. ...Read more

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Is it allergies or is it a cold? I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

Is it allergies or is it a cold?  I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

See below: Colds are normally a self limited illness of 10 to 14 days. A cold may have a fever with it for the first couple of day, allergies do not. Also, allergies tend to cause more sneezing, nasal itchiness, as well as, watery, itchy eyes. Allergy medications, zyrtec, claritin, and allegra, will not help alleviate cold symptoms. ...Read more

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What is cystinuria? Is it just a urine problem?

What is cystinuria?  Is it just a urine problem?

Metabolic problem: Cystinuria is a metabolic genetic disease that is associated with the leaking of Amino Acids in the urine--mainly cystine, ornithine, leucine, and arginine. However, when the urine is saturated with cystine, stones can form. Many patients suffer from frequent stone events and often need surgery. Cystine can also leak in the intestine, but usually doesn't cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What is behcet’s syndrome? Why is it such a big deal?

What is behcet’s syndrome? Why is it such a big deal?

Inflamation: Bchecet syndrome is a rare disorder that leads to chonic inflamation of the blood vessels of the entire body. The symptoms can come and go. Areas effected include, eyes, skin, joints, digestive tract. If the inflamation is left untreated it can lead to permanent damage to the organs involved. If you have this, and have not consulted a rheumatologist, you should. ...Read more

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What is a polythelia condition and its complication?

What is a polythelia condition and its complication?

Polythelia: Polythelia refers to supernumerary (or accessory) nipples. Polythelia is quite common, maybe present at birth and it may not be recognized until later in life. Rarely do they cause complications. An association with certain renal/kidney/genitourinary conditions has been suggested and some doctors may decide to perform an ultrasound or pelvic imaging in childhood. ...Read more

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What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

What is a tethered cord and is it serious?

Yes: A tethered cord happens when the end of the spinal cord (the filum terminale) is attached to the sacrum. As growth occurs, this puts tension on the spinal cord. ...Read more