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Definition A tongue biopsy is surgery to remove a piece of the tongue for examination under a microscope. Alternative Names Biopsy - tongue How the test is performed A tongue biopsy can be done using a needle. After numbing the area, the health care provider gently sticks the needle into the tongue and removes a tiny piece of tissue. Some types of tongue biopsies remove a thin slice of tissue. Others are done under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free) so that larger areas may be removed and examined. See also: Surgical excision How to prepare for the test You may be told not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the test. How the test will feel A needle biopsy is often somewhat uncomfortable even with use of an anesthetic, because the tongue is quite sensitive. After the biopsy, the tongue can be tender or sore, and it may feel slightly swollen. There may be stitches or an open sore where the biopsy was done. Why the test is performed The test is done to determine the cause of abn...
Are you feeling not right lately? Have you been experiencing blurred vision; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes, nose, skin, or mouth; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach pain; taste changes or trouble sleeping. How about difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; confusion; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation); seizures; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision problems?* If you answered yes to any or all of these, you might be experiencing the symptoms of symptom management. Don’t worry, while you can’t necessarily be cured of the MS symptoms that ail you, or the side effects that plague you, you might feel better when you read the stories of another individual, who just like you is symptomatic while she tries to manage the symptoms she must live with every single day. At times it’s grueling; but read o...
Reprinted with permission of Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine .
Back in 2003, when I was diagnosed, nobody seemed to know anything
much about the connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.
Or at least it wasn't mainstream, certainly not for my doctors at the
time. Celiac is of course an intolerance to gluten ,
a composite of proteins contained in wheat, rye and barley. Having it
therefore means eating no foods that contain those grains. Picture that !
my point was that suddenly, I seem to see the topic of diabetes &
celiac popping up all over. I was amazed to find an article in this
month's edition of Diabetes Forecast , called "A Tricky
Diagnosis: Why You Should Learn About Celiac Disease" that explains the
classic and atypical versions of this disorder:
* Classic = nasty gastrointestinal (GI) problems when you eat gluten
* Atypical = mild or no GI symptoms, but a skin rash (dermatitis
herpatiformis - yikes) that can appear on your face, elbow...
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