Alport Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by progressive kidney disease and abnormalities of the ears and eyes. It most often affects males. Women can pass the gene for the disorder to their children, even if they have no symptoms.
For years, women with rheumatic disease have been discouraged and/or advised not to get pregnant. We now know that with careful medical and obstetric management most women can have a successful pregnancy. If your patient(s) with rheumatic disease are considering pregnancy here are a few guidelines of what women should know about pregnancy and rheumatic disease.
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is very similar to Crohn’s Disease. However, Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from an individual’s mouth down to the rectum; whereas UC only affects a specific portion of the GI area. It is important to understand both diseases as they are the two most common types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Repeated TBI Can Cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a Degenerative and Irreversible Brain Disease Severe head injuries cause swelling of the brain. Unlike other areas of the body that can expand with swelling, the protective nature of the skull prevents the brain from expanding,
Winter break – the time of year when children are enjoying extended time with family. Unfortunately, easy access to sugary foods and a lack of physical activity has led to an increase in Type 2 Diabetes among American children. Formerly known as Adult-Onset Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic illness with serious complications if not managed properly.
Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers. Oral cancer can be dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed and it can frequently thrive without producing readily recognizable pain or symptoms.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. PKD cysts can greatly enlarge the kidneys while replacing much of their normal structure, resulting in chronic kidney disease (CKD), which causes reduced kidney function over time.