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My dad recently passed away as a result of cirrhosis of the liver. He also had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Several other people we know who have Parkinson’s also have cirrhosis. Is it possible that his Parkinson’s medication could have caused the cirrhosis?
I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver disease.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am absolutely convinced that marijuana is a serious health hazard.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My significant other and I are debating whether I should pursue follow-up testing with a rheumatologist for the possibility of ankylosing spondylitis. I say no, and she says yes, because things could be worse down the road if do have AS and don’t deal with it starting now.
In 2000 (at age 53), I had a mastectomy with a TRAM flap reconstruction.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in July 2017. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I’d had a ministroke and probably several others in the past.
I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Please discuss Brugada syndrome. Three members of my family died from it before we finally got a diagnosis. Where does it come from? — V.K.
I read your recent column about “flesh-eating bacteria.” Is it in any way related to Mycobacterium marinum?