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What Predisposes Someone To Dermatomyositis
Genetic preposition: Acute ileitis is usually due to microbial infections, e.g., typhoid, though viral infections can also cause acute inflammation. Chronic ileitis or chronic inflammatory bowel disease does not have clearly defined causes and genetic predisposition are only a small part of the etiology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chicken pox: Chicken pox is an infection caused by the varicella virus. You will likely get the disease if you are near another person with chicken pox, who breathes the virus into the air but only when you have no immunity: which means that you have never had the disease ever before, or were never vaccinated. It is a very contagious virus and most people have chicken pox in childhood and never again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me what is granulomatous disease and how to differentiate it with auto-immune disorder.?
Granulomatous dz: There are infectious and non-infectious types of granulomatous disease. A non-infectious type would be sarcoidosis. Unfortunately no one knows the cause of sarcoidosis. It could indeed be an autoimmune disease. It does respond to steroids. Autoimmune diseases are those in which the immune system attacks specific areas of one's own body. In many of those diseases, blood work can help in diagnosis. ...Read more
Could someone explain to me how someone can have a hereditary dominant disorder with no family history of the disorder?
I do not know: What dominant gene you are asking about. It is well-known that dominate genes can skip generations. ...Read more
Common: Having a limb before amputation. Almost everyone who has had an amputation gets phantom limb - the sensation that the limb is still there. It often feels like the limb is longer or shorter than it used to be (telescoping) or that it is at a different angle. This is different from phantom pain, which will affect a smaller % of the people with amputations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many complications: Celiac disease leads to destruction of the lining of the small intestine. Therefore, it is associated with abdominal pain, bloating diarrhea, some times to the point of malnutrition. "irritable bowel syndrome" is sometimes actually un-diagnosedceliac disease. Rashes that look like herpes "dermatitis herpetiformis" may occur. Sometimes joint and tendon inflammation. ...Read more
Could a doc please explain me how the chronic kidney disease secondary to diabetes mellitus works?
Trauma: THe simplest way is to consider the delicate kidney and its filtering system. Now think of a sugar granule all sharp and jagged. At 200 your sugar will pass into the urine the higher your glucose goes the more sugar you pass and the more these sugar granules traumatize the delicate kidney. That's is the easiest way to answer this in 400 letters ...Read more
In many cases it is!: Raynaud's issociated with autoimmune diseases such as pss, crest, polymyositis, mctd, etc. And is associated with collagen forming beneath the endotheial lining of the small arterioles. This will gradually diminish blood flow with time. Raynaud's phenomena is different from the syndrome, in that it has causes not autoimmune. ...Read more
Infection: Peritonitis is an internal infection inside the abdomen. It can come from may factors such as intestinal perforation (primary peritonitis), or infection of pre-existing ascites fluid (secondary peritonitis). It is often a serious condition needing intravenous antibiotics and surgery if the peritonitis is from an intestinal perforation. ...Read more
Many issues: It takes longer to treat if you had the infection for a long time (a year or more) before starting treatment. Sometimes many months to 1-2 years. If you have multiple tick borne infections like babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma, various viruses, then treatment is extended to address these other infections, which need different drugs than what we use for lyme. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Addison's disease is caused by many mechanisms. Outside the United States, infection, in particular tuberculosis is the most common cause, but it would not cause just arthritis. In us, autoimmune polyendocrinopathy (2 types) is probably the most common cause, and in either type, arthritis is not a common problem associated with other endocrine problem such as hypoparathyroidism, diabetes, etc. ...Read more
I think I have a rare auto immune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis. Can someone tell me what this is?
Different in adults: Dermatomyositis can be a very severe disease causing muscle damage and chronic rashes (months to years). However, in adults there is a risk for more serious disease. If you think you may have dermatomyositis, please discuss this with your doctor. Some simple tests and a good physical exam should help decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several!: First, all inflammatory autoimmune diseases can increase serum fibrinogen, the major clotting factor-hence they all can increase the chance for a clot, as does inactivity often present. However, two significant diseases are hughes syndrome-antiphospholipid syndrome, and cryoglobulinemia. Blood clots are major clinical features of these conditions! ...Read more
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