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Which Doctors Treat Porphyria
Yes: You never know when it may not be latent. ...Read more
Metabolic disorders caused by abnormalities in the synthesis of heme, the portion of hemoglobin which carries the iron inside red blood cells. Symptoms can range from light sensitivity to liver failure to nerve damage to bouts of terrible pain. Special testing is required to ...Read more
My doctor diagnosed me with porphyria but the porphyria expert said I did not have it. why would this happen and should I be retested?
Porphyria: Testing for porphyria can be very tricky. General medicine doctors can sometimes have difficulty interpreting the test results correctly. If a porphyria expert says you don't have it, that's most likely true. Another option would be to see a different porphyria expert. ...Read more
What is “latent” porphyria? if my doctor told me that I have “latent” porphyria, does this mean that I will never have any symptoms?
Porphyria: It depends on what type of porphyria we're talking about. Some porphyrias can be dangerous, and some can be hereditary so you need to be more specific about what type you're worried about so that you can get appropriate advice from your physician. Lots of information can be found on the website for the american porphyria foundation at www. Porphyriafoundation. Com. ...Read more
Where can I find a porphyria expert? what other type of doctor can diagnose me properly and what type of specialist should I see if I have porphyria.
Porphyria: The doctor that usually takes care of porphyria is a hematologist. The american porphyria foundation will be able to provide you with a list of experts in your area. ...Read more
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Acute porphyria: If the er doctor can even pronounce acute porphyria associated with your name then you must let your doctor know as this is a serious condition that needs a medical evaluation! ...Read more
I took a urine test and the doctor called back and said I have sugar in my urine, what does this mean. I am a 26 year old male who has common variable immuno deficiency and I may have propheryia or an auto immune disease, does sugar in the urine indictae
Most people don't have sugar in their urine until their blood sugar is 250mg/dl or more. But
some people will have sugar in their urine with normal blood levels of glucose. This is called renal glycosuria. It usually has little clinical significance. If your fasting blood sugar is elevated, you may have diabetes. If a blood glucose is done concurrently with finding sugar in your urine, you can sort out if you are just one of those people who spill sugar into the urine at normal blood glucose levels or if you may be diabetic. This should be checked out soon, especially if you are experiencing excessive thirst or frequent urinination. ...Read more
See below: Pct is the most treatable of the porphyrias. Treatment seems to be equally effective in familial and non-familial pct. Factors that tend to activate the disease should be removed. The most widely recommended treatment is a schedule of repeated phlebotomies (removal of blood), with the aim of reducing iron in the liver. This actually reduces iron stores throughout the body. ...Read more
Porphyria: See a neurologist or a dermatologist at a university teaching hospital. ...Read more
Group of 8 different inherited disorders in which enzymes responsible for heme synthesis are deficient or absent. As a result, porphyrins are produced, accumulates in tissues, excreted in urine, stool. S/s: nausea, vomiting/constipation, abd. Pain, muscle weakness, seizure, photosensitivity, scar, anemia, etc.
Rx: adequate nutrition, hydration, avoid sunlight/some drugs/alcohol. Follow mds advise. ...Read more
Having THIS: Ask your doctor what he/she suggests for treatment. ...Read more
I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?
Lymphedema: I would investigate the topic on the Internet, as there are numerous patient focused websites dealing with this issue. ...Read more
Anal fissure: Anal fissures are essentially cracks in the lining of the anal canal that develop due to trauma, most commonly passage of dry hard stool. It is definitely treatable. Many topical medications have been tried with varying success rates. A short surgical procedure called tailored lateral internal sphincerotomy has the best success rates. ...Read more
What is Chloride Diarhea? What's is causes? Is it treatable? My child 4 years old have this, Doctor says it untreatable. Guide me Please..
Doctor diagnosed me with hiatus hernia. Is it curable or treatable? Some advice on what to do and what will be done with me?
Very treatable: You have a hiatal hernia. You are 19. This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well. ...Read more
Should I see a doctor for chronic sinusitis? I was diagnosed with chronic maxillary sinusitis while I was in the military and at the time they said there was not much they can do about it - is chronic maxillary sinusitis treatable? If so is it through otc
Chronic: Chronic sinusitis includes nasal obstruction, sinus pain and pressure around the eyes, nasal drainage, chronic cough, fatigue, headache, nose bleeds and several other symptoms--you do not need them all. These symptoms are persent more often than not for at least 3 months. You may also get exacerbations that worsen all of the symptoms temporarily making it feel more like an acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is treated with several meds at the same time: nasal steroid spray, antihistamine, nasal saline irrigations, prolonged antobiotics (4-6 weeks). If you don't feel better, then a sinus ct scan can solidify the diagnosis. Those that do not respond to maximal medical therapy may be candidates for sinus surgery. Surgery is normally very successful but often is not a cure but help alleviate many of the symptoms, making them easier to treat. ...Read more
Hello doctor, a 10 years old boy diagnosed with WBC count of 450000+ and found affected with acute ll. Can it be treatable?
Yes: With proper medical care the success rate for treating all has increased tremendously over the last 3 decades. Seek early consultation with specialists for the best outcome. ...Read more
The white of my eyes is little yellowish since long time, liver problems excluded by the doctor. What is that? Is it treatable?
Small areas: If these are small yellow spots on the corner of the white part of the eye they are called pinguecula, to prevent worsening use sunglasses. Treatment rarely requires surgical removal but can be done. First start with either artificial tear drops and if inflamed use short term mild steroids. ...Read more
Doctors think my grandpa may have toxoplasmosis of the brain due to his weakened immune system from cytomegalovirus. Is this treatable/curable?
My 77yr old mom had a pelvic ultrasound & they found fluid & referred her to a gyno. Doc mentioned cancer. What are they looking for? Is it treatable?
Waiting on Medicine: I understand it is frustrating to wait, but there is nothing to comment on here until the tests are completed and the diagnosis is known. And, of course until the diagnosis is known there is no way to predict what treatment will be needed. I would imagine the doctor is looking for all kinds of cancers and also liver issues, and other organ problems. The doctor will have her full medical history. ...Read more
How's genital high risk HPV be treatable?? Don't most if not all doctors claim it to be non-curable?? How can one then be cured 100%?? Confused ughhh
HPV: There are no antibiotics to treat HPV, however, the immune system of the majority of women will fight it off in a few years. Its generally not a life-long problem. If you have High-risk HPV, you will need to see your Gyn more frequently. I have personally not seen a case of cervical cancer in a women who does the follow-up. Its always been in women didn't follow the advice of their Gyn. ...Read more
What are HIV & AIDS? What's the difference? Why is it the worst disease/STD according to majority of doctors? Are they treatable? P.S:I'm not infected
Virus versus disease: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus. The advanced form of HIV infection is acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The term AIDS isn't used much anymore, mostly just called HIV infection. It's the worst STD because unlike all others, it is usually fatal if untreated. Treatment is very effective to both prolong life and prevent transmission to partners. Search online for more info. ...Read more
My gp told me pubic lice is curable. The doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure. U live withthemcompletely?
Pubic Lice Cure: With proper use of prescription creams, or lotions, pubic lice is curable. Since it is a human parasite on the skin, you can catch it again from intimate exposure to others who have the lice, or by sharing contaminated clothing, towels. Contact your doctor, or a Dermatologist, for treatment. ...Read more
My 24 years daughter period stopped 4 months ago a doctor said she might have thyroid. Is this serious can it be treatable and how?
See below.: Thyroid abnormalities are just one of the possible reasons for amenorrhea (period stopping). I would think her doctor has ordered testing for all the possibilities. If it is a thyroid abnormality, it is treatable with thyroid hormone if it is hypothyroidism (low) or another medication if it is hyperthyroidism (high). ...Read more
Porphyria results…: From lack of an enzyme in the path for making heme, the oxygen-carrying part of blood. There are many triggers for attacks:alcohol; smoking; drugs (barbiturates, sulfa antibiotics) phenytoin; progesterone; sun exposure; increased iron intake; chronic viral illness (hcv, hiv); stress (illness, emotional/ psycho-logical, physical); dieting/fasting. Http://www. Porphyriafoundation. Com/ for more info. ...Read more
Porphyria (poor-FEAR-e-uh) refers to a group of disorders that result from a buildup of natural chemicals that produce porphyrin in your body. Porphyrins are essential for the function of hemoglobin — a protein in your red blood cells that links to porphyrin, binds iron, and carries oxygen to your organs and tissue. High levels of porphyrins can cause significant problems.
Porphyria mainly affects your nervous system, skin and other organs. The signs and symptoms of porphyria can vary, depending on the specific type and severity. Porphyria is usually inherited — one or both parents pass along an abnormal gene to their child. But in some types of porphyria, environmental factors may trigger the development of symptoms. ...Read more
Porphyria: The porphyrias are metabolic disorders caused by abnormalities in the synthesis of heme, the portion of hemoglobin which carries the iron inside red blood cells. The manifestations of porphyria vary considerably depending on the mutation involved, ranging from light sensitivity to liver failure to nerve damage to bouts of terrible pain. Special testing is required to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
It is possible:
It is autosomal dominant. In addition there are 200 different mutations. The porphobilinogen deaminase gene is responsible - not providing enough to breakdown heme.
1-5 cases per 100, 000 people in the USA. ...Read more
Porphyria research: Information about ongoing research can be found at the american porphyria foundation website. Www. Porphyriafoundation. Com. ...Read more
See below: Pct is one of the hepatic porphyrias. Large amounts of porphyrins build up in the liver when the disease is becoming active. The disease becomes active when acquired factors, such as iron, alcohol, hepatitis c virus (hcv), hiv, Estrogens (used, for example, in oral contraceptives and prostate cancer treatment) and possibly smoking, combine to cause a deficiency of urod in the liver. ...Read more
Might occur: Some variants of porphyria can affect the liver and cause abnormal liver testing. You can get answers by analyzing your urinary and serum porphyrin levels, and this could allow interventional approaches to bring under full control. ...Read more
Very serious: The pain is often agonizing, the mental confusion can land the person in the mental hospital permanently, the hyponatremia can be dangerous, and even the constipation sufficient to wreck the quality of life. Management of the illness is successful only if the patient can become educated and proactive in their own care. ...Read more
See below: The preferred screening test for pct is a measurement of porphyrins in plasma. This can differentiate pct from variegate porphyria. The patterns of porphyrins in urine (predominately uroporphyrin and 7-carboxylate porphyrin) and feces (predominately isocoproporphyrin) help to confirm the diagnosis. The presence of an inherited deficiency of urod can be demonstrated by measuring the enzyme in rbcs. ...Read more
Porphyria: The porphyrias are hereditary conditions in which heme, the oxygen carrying molecule inside red cells, isn't made correctly. Several different enzyme mutations are responsible. A patient's symptoms depend on the enzyme affected. Some people are "set off" by exposure to light and others by certain diets or medications. You need to know the type of porphyria you have in order to know what to avoid. ...Read more
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