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Treacher Collins syndrome

Treacher Collins Syndrome is not necessarily a hereditary condition. Complications include hearing and vision loss. Researchers are working on a way to prevent the condition. What is Treacher Collins Syndrome? Treacher Collins Syndrome is a medical disorder caused by a genetic mutation, but it’s not necessarily hereditary.  It will affect approximately 1 in every 50,000 babies. There is usually no…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We now know there’s a genetic component to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. If your case is bad enough, surgery may be your only option. The most reliable treatment is known as carpal tunnel release. Recovery time from this procedure is long but worth it. What is the carpal tunnel? The carpal tunnel is a physical space in your wrist that…

Arthritis in hands

Surgery for hand arthritis is often a last resort when other treatment options have failed. Many surgical options eliminate arthritis pain at the expense of hand function. The type of surgery available to you depends on the type of arthritis you have. Approximately 54.4 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with some form of arthritis from 2013 to…

brachial plexus

Brachial plexus injuries can go away in a matter of days or can require major surgery. Don’t wait to see a doctor. Untreated severe brachial plexus injuries can lead to permanent disability. Full recovery from brachial plexus surgery takes several months to several years. What is the brachial plexus? Take your hand and press it to the side of your…

Diagnosing Lupus

Although the exact causes remain unknown, scientists believe that lupus develops from a combination of internal and external factors. Symptoms of lupus can vary depending on patients, which makes diagnosis difficult. An official list of 11 criteria has been established for diagnosing Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). What is lupus? Lupus -- also known as Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) -- is…

Male Breast Cancer

Though rare, men do develop breast cancer The cause can be primarily attributed to abnormal hormone levels and gene mutations Men with inherited cancer-causing gene mutations should undergo genetic testing Treatment for male breast cancer is similar to treatment for female breast cancer What is male breast cancer? Most of us associate breast cancer with women, but the reality is…

Bleeding

What is a hemorrhage? A hemorrhage, colloquially known as bleeding, is the loss of blood in the body due to an injury. Bleeding is categorized under two main categories: internal and external. Internal bleeding occurs when a blood vessel or organ is damaged from blunt force trauma or from internal areas of weakness within the body (i.e. ulcers of the stomach,…

temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a general term used to describe issues affecting the TMJ and associated muscles. Sufferers often experience pain in the face, jaw and neck or experience migraine headaches and stiffness in the jaw or “popping” sensations when they chew. What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)? Often called…

Mondor's cord

Mondor’s disease is a temporary condition where a vein within the chest or abdominal wall gets inflamed. It’s visible below, on or above the breast, and varies in length and intensity. Women at highest risk include those who have undergone breast augmentation or have breast cancer. In most cases, Mondor’s disease is very painful. Mondor’s disease -- also known as…

Oral Thrush

The most common source of yeast infections of the face is Candida albicans, a species of fungus that normally resides in the mouth, skin, and gut. Candidiasis infection occurs when the Candida fungus is allowed to overgrow -- in the face, this may cause oral thrush or perleche. Candidiasis is generally treated with antifungal medications, although a number of over-the-counter…

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