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Doctor insights on: What Kinds Of Imaging Studies May Be Done To Find Diverticulitis

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more


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What are laboratory tests of prostate that need to be done?

What are laboratory tests of prostate that need to be done?

PSA: No test "needs" to be done but the recommended testing for prostate cancer includes a digital rectal examination and urinalysis. It also includes a psa test although studies are conflicting as to how important the psa test in screening for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What tests need to be done to rule out completely the diagnose of neuropathy parnaplastic syndrome?

What tests need to be done to rule out completely the diagnose of neuropathy parnaplastic syndrome?

Paraneoplastic: syndrome can produce neuropathy as well as other neurological problems like ataxia and abnormal eye movements. First I would characterize the neuropathy by obtaining a good quality EMG-NCS study. Then I would obtain what is called a paraneoplastic profile (blood test) which includes most serological markers. Athena Neurodiagnostics makes a good one with anti Ri / Yo / Ma / Hu / NMDA receptor / GAD ...Read more

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What tests need to be done in order to find the cause of having low thyroid?

What tests need to be done in order to find the cause of having low thyroid?

May not be found : One of the most common causes of low thyroid is hashimoto's thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune thyroid condition in which the body attacks the thyroid thinking it is foreign. This can shut down production of thyroid hormone. Testing for thyroid antibodies (thyroglobulin ab and thyroid peroxidase ab) can help determine if it is hashimoto's. Other causes are not as easily tested. ...Read more

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Are large intestines needed in order to have an ileostomy reversal? What other requirements would be needed?

Are large intestines needed in order to have an ileostomy reversal? What other requirements would be needed?

It depends on why you had the ileostomy.: The normal anatomy will have food going from the stomach through the small intestine into the large intestine. If you had a blockage, an abscess, a cancer, or some other obstructive phenomena that might not be reversible. If you just had something as a diversion procedure and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract is intact, then you may be able to have everything hooked back up again. ...Read more

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Are there any procedures besides a colonoscopy that can be done to discover problems with bowels?

Are there any procedures besides a colonoscopy that can be done to discover problems with bowels?

Depends: Depending on your symptoms there are a few other options. In the end, however - if they find something you will likely still need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Person diagnosed with gallstones by an ultrasound, what other tests should be done to rule out other diseases to ensure it truly is gallstones?

Person diagnosed with gallstones by an ultrasound, what other tests should be done to rule out other diseases to ensure it truly is gallstones?

Unclear: An ultrasound is one of the best tests i medicine when it is used to diagnose gallstones. However, that does not mean you need your gallbladder removed. A gallbladder should be removed for symptoms - stones are not an indication for surgery. ...Read more

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What type of test can be done to check if nerves in back are working. Allergic to MRI contrast.

What type of test can be done to check if nerves in back are working. Allergic to MRI contrast.

Exam, EMG, MRI: Neuro exam is fundamental to test spinal nerve roots. Electromyography and nerve conduction study test to see that nerves in the arms or legs are intact and conduct impulses well. Mri cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine can give good quality images of nerve roots, even without IV contrast dye. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What could be some possible reasons for a kidney to not show up on imaging?

What could be some possible reasons for a kidney to not show up on imaging?

Several factors.: Virtually all stones can be visualized by ct scanning, except for the very rare indinavir stone. Prior to the widespread use of ct, stones that do not show up on x-ray films were called radiolucent. Uric acid stones, for instance, do not appear on plain films. Very small stones may not show up, as well as matrix stones with little calcium content. ...Read more

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What type of tests need to be done in order to find the cause of underactive thyroid?

What type of tests need to be done in order to find the cause of underactive thyroid?

Blood tests: In the us the most commonly identifiable reason for an under active thyroid is autoimmune. Therefore, blood tests to look for anti thyroid antibodies would be helpful. ...Read more

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What studies can done to figure out loss of bladder control?

What  studies can done to figure out loss of bladder control?

Urodynamics: These are specific tests available which your doctor can perform to determine exactly what type of incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine) you are experiencing. This is important because some types of leakage are treated with surgery, others with medication, and still others may require neuromodulation therapy (also known as interstim). For women, gynecologists and urologists have expertise. ...Read more

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What are some of the physical symtoms that a person may have that may lead a doctor to check for colon cancer?

What are some of the physical symtoms that a person may have that may lead a doctor to check for colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Possible Sx's /Signs of colon cancer: Blood in stool, change in feces (loose stool/ constipation/ etc.), abdominal pain, cramps, gas, weight loss, weakness, incomplete evacuation of bowel. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031877 ...Read more

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Do spermiograms need to be performed & interpreted by a fertility specialist or can these be done elsewhere and read by a patient? Are they expensive?

Do spermiograms need to be performed & interpreted by a fertility specialist or can these be done elsewhere and read by a patient? Are they expensive?

By a laboratory: A spermiogram (also called semen analysis) does need to be performed and interpreted by a fertility specialist or andrologist. The cost varies, but should generally be under $200 us dollars. Some general laboratories will do a basic semen analysis when ordered by a physician. ...Read more

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What are the basic lab tests to rule out multiple myleoma vs osteoporosis. they look similar on x-ray, been exposed to a lot of high radiation scans.

What are the basic lab tests to rule out multiple myleoma vs osteoporosis. they look similar on x-ray, been exposed to a lot of high radiation scans.

See your clinician : The X-ray bone changes are different for MM & osteoporosis, where MM has "lytic" changes, & osteoporosis has fractures - esp. wedge fractures of the vertebral bodies of the spine. There are specific tests that help identify the diagnosis at early stages: serum protein electrophoresis in MM, & DEXA scan in osteoporosis. Do discuss this with your primary medical provider. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What tests would be good to confirm malabsorption in the small intestine? Any blood tests or other tests used routinely? Thanks.

What tests would be good to confirm malabsorption in the small intestine?  Any blood tests or other tests used routinely?  Thanks.

Many: Vitamin, iron deficiency are some of things we look for in a blood test. But what to look for specifically will depend on what medical conditions you are suspected to have. ...Read more

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What are the methods of the tests to be done for baby who is suspected to have trisomy 18?

What are the methods of the tests to be done for baby who is suspected to have trisomy 18?

Chromosome study: A simple chromosome study done at a specialized lab will confirm this diagnosis. Your local doc can have this done for you. S/he can also arrange for you to see whoever in your part of the Philippines can best explain the findings. ...Read more

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