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What causes irregular heartbeat and what can be done, treated. Can certain meds cause it. Is it deadly?

What causes irregular heartbeat and what can be done, treated. Can certain meds cause it. Is it deadly?

Depends: Irregularity is very common. There are many causes. Some are trivial, other's more serious. To evaluate, you need documentation of the type of arrhythmia and the overall condition of your heart. A 24 or 48 hour or 30 day event monitor of your heart rhythm is crucial. An echocardiogram is indicated. Some meds can exacerbate it, especially nicotine and caffeine (also: Serevent, (salmeterol) which you list). ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Heat Illness (Definition)

Heat illness is a spectrum of disorder due to envoirenmental heat exposure.It can include heat syncope, heat cramps and heat exaustion more severe conditions are heat stroke, inwhich body temp goes over 105 degree f.Or 40.6 degreec due to envorenmental heat exposure and lac of thermo regulation.This is different than fever where there is physiological increase in ...Read more


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What kind of brain tumours are not cancerous, but can still cause death?

What kind of brain tumours are not cancerous, but can still cause death?

Tell us D background: It helps to know why this question came to your mind? There are benign tumors which can produce similar signs and symptoms. These include a: meningioma, Aneurysm, A-V malformation but these are all uncommon conditions. ...Read more

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What can growth on liver indicate. And if malignant, can it spread to adrenaline gland?

What can growth on liver indicate. And if malignant, can it spread to adrenaline gland?

What type?: Often the radiologist can tell that a particular spot on the liver is a hemangioma, focal nodular sclerosis, a bile duct hamartoma, or something else harmless. If this is not possible, your physician knows how to find what it is. If this is a liver cancer, it can spread but the good news is that many are now curable. ...Read more

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What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology?  They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?

Possible ca: Cells appearing in the sputum come from tracheobronchial tree or oronasophanyx. The appearance of atypia may mean that such cells are in transition and that with time a malignant phenotype will appear. Follw up with chest films and oral exam needed until symptoms resolve or progress. ...Read more

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Is tardive dyskenesia rare? Can you only develop it from taking neuroleptics and certain meds used for nausea and vomiting? What is its prevalence?

Is tardive dyskenesia rare? Can you only develop it from taking neuroleptics and certain meds used for nausea and vomiting? What is its prevalence?

Tardive dyskinesia : This hyperkinetic movement disorder appears with a delayed onset, after prolonged use of Dopamine receptor blocking agents -- both antipsychotic and antinausea drugs. With first generation agents the annual incidence is 3 to 8% -- up to 20% in the elderly. It's less with newer drugs: ~2.1 % by averaging studies, higher (~5%) in elderly. http://tinyurl.com/qdneaoa it's very rare with clozaril (clozapine). ...Read more

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Just read that dvts can be caused by hyper coagulation in the body due to cancer. What blood tests detect cancer? What type of cancer can cause clots?

Just read that dvts can be caused by hyper coagulation in the body due to cancer. What blood tests detect cancer? What type of cancer can cause clots?

No specific test.: There is not a cancer test. There are cancer markers that we look at to determine the course of treatment with a person with cancer. ...Read more

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Can hypertolerism of the eyes be benign? I know it's sometimes associated with gentic disorders, but can it exist w/ no other problems?

Can hypertolerism of the eyes be benign? I know it's sometimes associated with gentic disorders, but can it exist w/ no other problems?

YES.: Hypertelorism, an abnormal distance between 2 paired & symetrical organs (most often the eyes), can be benign and only of cosmetic significance. There may be also mild widening of the nose & central maxilla. If it's part of a serious genetic condition, there are usually other obvious findings noted in childhood. Hypertelorism should be evaluated by a pediatrician in any case. ...Read more

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Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

CSF cell count: Many conditions cause changes in white blood cell count in the CSF. Normally, these are infections, especially viral infections. There are some conditions that are related to the immune system and certain cancers can cause this. Cancer normally causes a very high cell count number, however. If your cell count is low, it is not likely this is cancer. ...Read more

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Can moderate thymic hyperplasia cause serious symptoms and what diseases is it associated with?

Not Serious: Thymic Hyperplasia means enlargement of Thymus and is not a cause for concern most of time as it enlarges in adolescent and than in following decades it atrophies 2/3rd of patients with Mysthenia Gravis have Thymic Hypertrophy It can be differentiated with Thymoma,the tomor of Thums Gland by MRI Imaging ...Read more

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Do benign brain tumors grow? what are some symptoms? can they cause nausea vomiting anxiety and depression? what is the outlook?

Do benign brain tumors grow? what are some symptoms? can they cause nausea vomiting anxiety and depression? what is the outlook?

Depends: There are several types of benign brain tumors. Whether they will grow or not is entirely dependent on the type. Symptoms will depend on where the tumor is located, as well as the rate of any growth of the mass. Without knowing the type, no one can tell you what the "outlook" is. Suggest you see your neurosurgeon or neurologist who is caring for you with respect to this issue. ...Read more

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Can stoping alcohol all of sudden is dangerous?And also liver fat can be get cured..?

Can stoping alcohol all of sudden is dangerous?And also liver fat can be get cured..?

Depends on amount: Delirium tremens (dt) is an acute episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol and it occurs only in patients with a history of alcoholism. But with fatty liver, either as a complication of excessive alcohol use, or in combination with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (nafld), the build up of extra fat in liver cells can cause liver damage. See a liver doctor for help. ...Read more

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If not due to a brain tumor, what are causes of seizure disorders?

If not due to a brain tumor, what are causes of seizure disorders?

Causes of epilepsy: Epilepsy has many causes. Illness, brain damage (stroke) & abnormal brain development lead to seizure disorders. Simplistically, brain wiring is abnormal with an imbalance of neurotransmitters exits. Genetic factors may have an impact. Alcoholism, alzheimer's, heart attacks, infectious diseases, & develpomental/metabolic disordrs. Head injuries/poisoning too. ...Read more

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Atrophy of the tonsil can be fatal? What it can cause?

No: Atrophy just means shrinking - almost everyone's tonsils atrophy with time. ...Read more

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If your uterus is removed due to tumor, what is the side effect of that? Would there be any dangerous disease?

If your uterus is removed due to tumor, what is the side effect of that? Would there be any dangerous disease?

Uterus removal: Cancer in the uterus will be one of the reason to remove the uterus. There are other reasons women would have the uterus removed. In general, in the hand of an experienced gynecologist / or gynecologist oncologist- surgical removal of the uterus would be something safe to be done. Off course complications like bleeding, infection, pain, etc can happen. Go to see your gyne and discuss further w/ md. ...Read more

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Can anxiety or panic attack be so severe that it can cause regular penile retractions? What other reasons exist behind this?

Can anxiety or panic attack be so severe that it can cause regular penile retractions? What other reasons exist behind this?

Anxiety and: penile retraction is possible, same w/the scrotum. Please discuss this w/your doc. There may be a circulatory issue or something else. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What Can cause both vomiting & coughing up blood occasionally? Can a benign liver tumor cause that? What can be done about it?

What Can cause both vomiting & coughing up blood occasionally? Can a benign liver tumor cause that?  What can be done about it?

Not liver tumor: Vomiting is a sign of blockage at pylorus and reverse peristalsis causing gastric contents to regurgitate. The presence of blood can be due to a co existing gastric lesion or mucosal irritation from the vomiting. If this persists then gastroscopy and biopsy are essential to rule our mass or ulcerating lesion producing the symptoms. Liver tumors not associated with vomiting unless metastatic . ...Read more

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Recent results of my prolactin level is 5265 mlu/l or248.51ng/ml. What cause of that...Is it due to brain tumor or it can be due to other reason?

Recent results of my prolactin level is 5265 mlu/l or248.51ng/ml. What cause of that...Is it due to brain tumor or it can be due to other reason?

Tumor: Level this high is most likely a pituitary tumor. You need a MRI of the pituitary. This is one that will respond to medication. Make sure you have an endocrinologist on your team to evaluate the whole axis. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Greer
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Malignant Hyperthermia (Definition)

Malignant hyperthermia is an inherited disease triggered by certain medications used in anesthesia that can lead to a life-threatening crisis during or shortly after surgery. It is fairly rare, but potentially life-threatening if unrecognized and untreated. The malignant hyperthermia association of the United States is an excellent ...Read more


Overheating (Definition)

Allowing your body temperature to rise above 101 degrees F during pregnancy may increase the risk of a development abnormality in a developing baby. The risk is greatest during the first trimester. Adults who are not pregnant develop heat emergencies only when their body temperatures rise ...Read more