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1 .

When is chest pain serious?

Every case of chest pain requires thorough investigation and management. Chest pain when associated with other symptoms such as cold sweats, dizziness, radiating of the pain to the neck, jaws, back, shoulders, or arms, shortness of breath may be indicative of a serious underlying condition.

2 .

Can chest pain be caused by anxiety?

Anxiety and panic attacks can mimic or present as chest pain.

3 .

When to suspect skin cancer?

Skin cancers are not identical and they do not show up many symptoms. Therefore any of the following is observed it is always advisable to consult a doctor. •   A new mole, an abnormal growth, bump, or sore on the skin •   Any scaly patch or dark spot that does not go away even after a few days •   A lesion that has raised, and uneven edges •   A skin lesion that appears white, pink, red, blue, or brown in color •   A skin lesion that increases in size gradually over days Any skin lesion that changes in color, size, or shape

4 .

Which breast lumps are cancerous?

Cancerous breast lumps generally tend to be hard, irregular in shape, painless, and difficult to move as they seem attached to the underlying tissue.

5 .

Can multiple myeloma be cured?

There is no cure for multiple myeloma. The aim of treatment is to slow the progress of the disease, and prevent complications. Asymptomatic multiple myelomas (Smoldering Multiple Myeloma) does not require any treatment and is monitored with watchful waiting. Symptomatic multiple myeloma may be managed with medical or interventional management.

6 .

Can a glioma be benign?

Glioma are classified as low-grade gliomas and high-grade gliomas. A low-grade glioma grows slowly and in some cases can be removed with surgery whereas high-grade glioma is fast-growing, aggressive, and can spread easily.

7 .

When are palpitations dangerous?

Palpitations require immediate medical attention if they are accompanied with: •   Fainting or near fainting •   Breathlessness or rapid respiratory rate •   Chest pain •   Individual is over the age of 65 years

8 .

Can otosclerosis be cured?

There is currently no cure for otosclerosis; however, hearing loss which is the main symptom of the condition can be corrected with the help of hearing aids in the early stages of the disease, or with a surgical intervention in the form of stapedectomy.

9 .

What factors can give wrong results in HbA1c test?

Conditions that affect the normal blood volume and red blood cell count can influence HbA1c test results. Some of them include: •   Pregnancy •   Recent heavy loss of blood •   Recent blood transfusion •   Anemia


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