Charlotte Thompson, M.D.

Profession: Physician

My articles:

The Problems With Vegetarian Diets In Adults And Children

Vegetarian diets in adults and children can create medical problems. Inadequate protein can make a great difference in a patient's health. Children can be put at great risk with a vegetarian diet. more...


Dr. Lewis Rowland And Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy

I was sad to read of Dr. Lewis Rowland's death. He presented several cases of a disorder called Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy. This article highlights the importance of recognizing the disorder and the probable need for pacemakers in the boys and their mothers. more...


Skin Diseases And Possible Complications

Skin diseases may have complications that can change a person's life. Patients need to know and to watch for these complications and check in at least once or twice a year with their doctors. more...


Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

Some doctors are doing a few genetic tests and nothing else and making the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy. Sadly, there are children and adults who have a treatable disorder, myositis, that if it is diagnosed and properly treated can lead to increased strength and more...


New Research And Treatment Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Having cared for many hundreds of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, it was encouraging to see an article by Nicholas Wade in the January 1, 2016 New York Times. Three researchers are trying a new technique to insert "the correct gene into damaged cells." more...


The Importance Of An Adequate Workup For Patients With Muscle Weakness

Some physicians appear to be relying on computers and labs to make a diagnosis, rather than using their brains or commonsense. They order a series of lab tests without doing an adequate history or physical examination. A patient or parent might ask why is this a more...


Muscle, Breast And Other Biopsies Often Need A Second Opinion

Biopsies may need to be reviewed by a second physician, particularly if the diagnosis is unclear or if the findings do not go along with the clinical picture. more...


Kidney Stones in Children and Teens

When children and teenagers have abdominal or stomach pains, most parents and many doctors don't think of kidney stones. An article by John Foreman, M.D. states that the "incidence of kidney stones is increasing dramatically, especially in teenagers." more...


Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

The importance of looking for a treatable muscle disease and not diagnosing everyone with muscle weakness as having muscular dystrophy. In the many years I have seen children (and some adults) with neuromuscular disorders, I have had countless parents tell me that when more...


The Importance of Chest X-Rays

One of the most important things I learned as a pediatric resident was to order a chest X-ray, if I was puzzled about a diagnosis. I wish more doctors knew this, because I constantly wonder why it often takes patients so long to get a diagnosis when they have shortness more...


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