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what is euroleptic malignant syndrome?

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a rare (fortunately) side effect of certain meds, particularly some antipsychotics.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/816018-overview  (+ info)

metastatic malignant melanoma and gradenigos syndrome. Is there a link?

Diplopia. blood test abnormal but non conclusive. Mastoiditis. some problem with my adenoid. fluid to left side of head. grommit in ear. major headache. problem with bone at back of head doctors unsure. 27 lymph nodes removed 6 months ago under armpit. stage 3. in hospital can anyone help. been in hospital for over a week a doctors cannot locate problem. is this the way melanoma works or are the doctors not very good. I am partially deaf in my left ear and have a patch over my left eye to alleviate eye strain. My other eye is now painful too as i think its working overtime. prior to my hospitalisation i have suffered some tingling in my arms very briefly but no fatigue or dramatic weight loss. can someone help with advice or knowledge please?

It is difficult to second guess your treated physicians when we know nothing about you, your history, condition and treatment. Gradenigo's syndrome is caused by infection and you have all the symptoms. Melanoma doesn’t work in a normal way it is the most unpredictable cancer there is. The only thing I can suggest is to get another opinion. There are a couple of oncologists who answer questions here hopefully one of them will see this and perhaps be able to give you a better answer.  (+ info)

If I am receiving SSDI and my condition gets worse, would I receive more money?

I just started receiving SSD for Bipolar. But I had a bad reaction to a drug called ABILIFY. It caused something called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. In short, I now have a permanent onset of Hyperthermia. I can no longer do anything physical(walking, running, working, sex). I cannot expose myself to sunlight longer than 15 minutes of I risk having a heat stroke.

No, your benefit is based on your work history, not how bad your disability is. Be VERY careful about taking on extra work. You HAVE to report it, if you don't and SSA finds out you could lose benefits or have to pay back some of your benefit. You are allowed to work but there is a limit. Talk to a worker for more details.  (+ info)

What does paraneoplastic syndrome refer to?

a. the effects of substances such as hormones secreted by the tumor cells
b. severe weight loss and cachexia associated with advanced cancer
c. the decreased resistance to infection resulting from malignant tumors
d. the effects of multiple metastatic tumors

It is a syndrome directly resulting from a malignant neoplasm, but not resulting from the presence of tumor cells in the affected parts.  (+ info)

What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

A) Benign tumors arise by transformation; malignant tumors don't.
B) Benign tumors do not metastasize; malignant tumors do.
C) Benign tumors metastasize; malignant tumors don't.
E) Benign tumors do not arise by transformation; malignant tumors do.

I'm pretty sure it's B benign tumours are not cancerous where as malignant are and have the ability to "spread" (metastasize)  (+ info)

How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benighn tumor?

Without A cat scan or MRI , What are the charecteristics of both do they feel different do they do different things like shrink or expand do all malignant tumors hurt?

One way of telling (but not a 100%) if the tumor is hard and won't move that is a sign that you need to see a Dr. ASAP. If the tumor is mushy and moves around then it is proble benighn but either way you need to a dr. This only works if the tumor is in a place where you can feel it. I am a nurse and this is what I have heard Dr.'s say repeatedly to their patients. I hope this helps.  (+ info)

What is the best option for a non malignant tumour on the spleen of a male 14 year Labrador?

The lab also has a lump in his chest the size of a tennis ball which the Vet is reluctant to treat. His concern is more for the non malignant tumour on the spleen. He has advised surgery should the Lab become serious. The Lab also has small sized lumps over his body which are non threatening. Blood tests show there is no cancer. Otherwise he is happy, alert and his usual self.

'Reluctant to treat.' That's as far as I got. You need to get a new veterinarian!   (+ info)

How do doctors find out if a tumor is malignant?

What procedure is done to see if a tumor is malignant? Is a simple MRI enough to make that conclusion?

When you have a MRI or CT scan, a radiologist can be fairly confident that a mass/tumor is either malignant or benign, in certain cases. For example, a lymph node has classic characteristics which cannot be confused with a cancer. A simple kidney cyst (which appears as a mass) can be diagnosed by ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning. It is hard to confuse a simple kidney cyst with anything that is malignant. When we do a CT or MRI scan, and a mass does not enhance with a contrast media (dye) injection, we can be fairly confident that the mass is benign. Malignant masses almost always enhance....but some benign masses also enhance.
There are many instances when a tumor does not fall into a clear cut category, and a tissue sample is needed to make a diagnosis. For example, on a mammogram, a mass might be found, and we can be very certain it is a malignant mass, but we do not know what type of breast cancer, until there is a biopsy and tissue sample.

My boyfriend had a grand mal seizure in June, and a CT scan found a fist sized brain tumor. The neurosurgeon and radiologist were both very confident it was a meningioma (benign), but it had to be removed due to its size. I still held my breath until the pathology report came back and reported it was indeed a meningioma.  (+ info)

What is the connection between malignant neoplasms and crabs?

The more common term for malignant neoplasms, cancer, is Latin for crab, and the word "carcinogen," meaning a cancer-causing agent, comes from the Greek word for crab, "karkinos." What is the connection between these two seemingly unrelated things?

Cancer, both the disease and the astronomical constellation, derive from the Latin cancer or cancrum, meaning crab. The astrological sign, of course, is said to resemble a crab and the disease was so named by the ancient Greek physician Galen (129-200 A.D.) who noted the similarity between a certain type of tumor with a crab as well—the swollen veins around the tumor resembling the legs of a crab.

Old English adopted cancer directly from Latin and used it for a variety of spreading sores and ulcers. This early sense survives in the modern word canker. From c.1000 in a manuscript called Læce Boc (Leech Book), collected in Oswald Cockayne’s Leechdoms, Wortcunning, and Starcraft of Early England, Vol. II, 1865:

Gemeng wið þam dustum, clæm on ðone cancer.
(Mix with the dust, smear on the cancer.)

And from Wyclif’s 2 Timothy, 1382:

The word of hem crepith as a kankir

The word was being applied specifically to the disease we today call cancer by the beginning of the 17th century. From Philemon Holland’s translation of Pliny’s Historie of the World:

Cancer is a swelling or sore comming of melancholy bloud, about which the veins appeare of a blacke or swert colour, spread in manner of a Creifish clees.

The astronomical sense of cancer is from the Latin name for the constellation of the crab. The name was known to the Anglo-Saxons, but only as a Latin name and was not assimilated into English until the Middle English period. It appears in Ælfric’s De Temporibus Anni, written c.993, in a list of the constellations of the Zodiac:

Feorða • Cancer • þæt is Crabba
(Fourth, Cancer, that is the crab.)

The Anglicized name appears c.1391 in Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe:

In this heved of cancer is the grettist declinacioun northward of the sonne...this signe of cancre is clepid the tropik of Somer.
(At this first point (head) of cancer is the greatest declination northward of the sun…this sign of cancer is named the tropic of summer.)

(Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition)  (+ info)

Is it possible to fight a malignant cancer tumor in the spine?

Well a friend of mine has a malignant cancer tumor in his spine near something in the spine that connects to the brain. This is very important question thank you.

YES. My lung cancer had spread to the spine and that is where it was first diagnosed. It was successfully (so far) treated with radiation therapy. I still have cancer in both lungs and that is being treated with chemo. Actually it isn't being treated in the sense that we expect a cure. The chemo treatments are for maintenance to (hopefully) keep the cancer from growing and/or spreading. I hope your friend is successfully treated for his/her cancer.  (+ info)

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