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Week of March 5, 2001

    Question:   I have congenital mega-ureter and suffer from frequent kidney infections. I was told that it is something that I would have to live with. Is there something that can be done about this? I don't want to be on antibiotics for the rest of my life. I am 38 yrs old and this was just diagnosed three years ago. I have suffered from kidney infections most of my life. I was just wondering if there is a procedure that would help correct this. The infection are more frequent now at approx. every three to four months. Any advise you could give me would be greatly appreciated.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   My father-in-law was just diagnosed with organic brain disorder, I have never heard of this. Could you explain? He is 79 yrs old.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I'm a 41-year-old male. A recent myelogram CT has revealed a herniated disc at T7-8. The report states "there is a abnormal epidural soft tissue on the right which is suspicious for a right sided disc herniation. It correlates with the patient's symptoms. It deforms the anterior aspect of the thoracic cord. No other focal disc abnormality is evident. No foraminal stenosis is evident." What are my options? What are the latest surgical techniques for this ailment? I've been putting up with back pain for fourteen months, and I'm tired of it.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer