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Week of April 8, 2002

    Question:   I have heard that women will, from time to time, develop cysts on the ovaries and that sometimes these cysts can burst. Is it normal for cysts to burst? I went to the ER because I was in a tremendous amount of pain. An ER doctor told me that a cyst had burst and that it was not something to be alarmed about. He also said that most women don't have to come to the ER for it... they just endure the pain. Is this true?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I have a 15-year-old daughter who appears to be suffering from gallbladder attacks. Approximately 3 weeks ago my daughter had a sudden onset of upper right quadrant abdominal pain that began radiating to her back. We have been to the doctors and have had various tests done.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I had pneumatic retinopexy surgery 7 years ago as well as numerous laser treatments for retinal detachments that was not due to diabetes but extreme nearsightedness. (-18.00 and -18.25). Approximately 6 months later I received PRK in SITU treatment and my vision is dramatically better. I now have developed cataracts which are not yet ready to be removed but my vision is severely compromised due to numerous "floaters". Do you know of any treatments to remove these floaters safely?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer