The person with the most replaced parts wins and now the joint replacement race does not stop with hips, knees or shoulders. Spinal discs are the latest “joints” to undergo a technology overhaul. Disc replacement surgery, also known as disc arthroplasty, is on the minds of millions who have disc degeneration. These worn out parts of the spine generate an avalanche of problems. So why not exchange them for new ones? Donald has been so worried about his mother’s failing back. Nothing seems to be helping her. One of his friends told him about a new surgical implant that replaces the worn out discs in the spine. Wow! That might give his mother a brand new back and a brand new lease on life. Two years ago, she had her hip replaced. Within months of that surgery, she was back to ballroom dancing. If joint replacement worked for her hip, surely it could work for her back. Great, he calls his mom to share the news. Not so fast, the treatment of spinal disc degeneration is not...
Spongy degeneration of the brain; Aspartoacylase deficiency
Treatment mostly aims to ease the symptoms of the disease. Lithium and other drugs are being investigated.
Additional information and resources are available from:
Canavan Foundation: www.canavanfoundation.org
Jacob's Cure: www.jacobscure.org
With Canavan disease, the central nervous system breaks down. Patients are likely to become disabled.
Death often occurs before 18 months of age. However, some patients live until they are teenagers or, rarely, young adults.
This is often a fatal disorder. It includes severe disabilities such as:
Inability to walk
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if your child has any symptoms of Canavan disease.
Diagnosis Parkinsons disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Doctors base their diagnosis on the patients medical history and symptoms evaluated during a neurological exam. No laboratory or imaging tests can diagnose Parkinsons, although brain scans such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron-emission tomographic (PET) may be used to rule out other neurological disorders. Medical History A medical and personal history should include any relevant symptoms as well as any medications taken, and information on other conditions the patient may have. Neurological Exam In a neurological exam, the doctor will ask the patient to sit, stand, walk, and extend arms. The doctor will observe the patients balance and coordination. Parkinson's may be suspected in patients who have at least two of the following four symptoms, especially if they are more obvious on one side of the body: Tremor (shaking) when the limb is at rest Slowness of movement (bradyk...
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