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What Is The Average Life Expectancy Of A Person
78-ish...but: The average life expectancy for an american is about 78, but that is just a statistic. You control some factors that help determine your personal life expectancy- smoking, obesity and inactivity will shorten your life span, while eating more fruits/vegetables, watching your weight and increasing your physical activity will lengthen your life span and hopefully add to your quality of life too. ...Read more
Depends: It is always difficult to determine life expectancy of anyone with any type of chronic illness like hiv/aids. There are very good anti-hiv medications, which can extend life. Many of my patients who have had full-blown aids are still living 20+ years, but some have also died soon after diagnosis. It ultimately depends on one's immune system and how quickly they can recover before getting sick. ...Read more
Can be normal: Assuming you are talking about bernard-soulier syndrome which is a genetic cause of low platelet count. Platelets are sticky and help us clot if cut. Bss is discovered when someone has easy bruising, prolonged nosebleeds or periods, or dangerous bleeding after a surgery. Bss, once diagnosed can be managed and life expectancy often normal with care. Avoid traumas, dangerous medicines--aspirin etc. ...Read more
Interesting question: That's an interesting question. The "bubble boy" had a disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). It's not a single disease, but a host of similar ones--so a life expectancy can't really be estimated. HOWEVER, although kids with SCID used to have to live their lives in a sterile environment, many kids today can actually be CURED with a bone marrow transplant, if done early enough. ...Read more
Usually very good: I can't give one definitive answer as it will depend on the specific type of thyroid cancer and the stage at diagnosis. There are at least 4 different types: Papillary, Follicular, Medullary and Analplastic. The good news is that the most common types of thyroid cancer, (Papillary and follicular), especially at stages I or II have excellent prognosis with treatment and are very rarely fatal. ...Read more
Undetermined: Potential depends on the severity of the defect and associated features. Many die before birth and most have a brief existence.The defect involves a great range from very major to minor, with longevity matching the degree of defect. See www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/holoprosencephaly for more information ...Read more
5-6 days: An embryo goes through certain stages over the first 4 days that prepare it to enter the uterus. There is becomes a blastocyst on day 5 or 6 and has the ability to stick and implant in the uterus. After that it has integrated into the blood supply of the uterus. If it does not implant it stops growing. ...Read more
Varies: Has a genetic mutation been discovered? There are several different types and it would be worthwhile finding whether one of these is present -- both for prognosis, and as information for the family. I'd try to answer this first, and even then, no one can predict months-or-years beyond giving a range / survival curves. Best wishes. ...Read more
Babies and HIV: I am very curious about your ongoing questions around this issue. In todays world, even in the far flung villages in africa and other places babies rarely get HIV anymore. Managing infection in pregnant mothers as well as preventing infection during and after the birth is the standard of care. Babies do not need to be born with HIV anymore. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Up to >14 years.: The answer to this question differs with the affected individual, as no two cases are alike. However, it has been determined that the mean life expectancy after diagnosis is 7 years, with few cases (3%) living more than 14 years. It is still hard to be clear on this since individuals may have had alzheimer's for some time before diagnosis. ...Read more
Depends: There are many factors that effect life expectancy including the patients underlying health and the stage of lymphoma. For example lymphoma that is slower growing and has not spread is a better case than a lymphoma that is aggressive and has spread to multiple organs. Hard to answer that question without more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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