Charlotte Thompson, M.D.

Profession: Physician

My articles:

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...

31.01.2017

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...

22.11.2016

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...

02.11.2016

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...

25.10.2016

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...

04.10.2016

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...

27.09.2016

The Importance of Repeating a Greatly Abnormal Lab Test

A good friend called the other day saying her doctor, who was a kidney doctor, ordered some blood work because my friend had lost weight, when she had not been trying to do this. One of the thyroid tests came back as greatly abnormal. more...

20.09.2016

Benign Congenital Hypotonia is Not a Diagnosis

There are countless reason that a baby is floppy or weak at birth. One diagnosis that is not correct is Benign Congenital Hypotonia. I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good medical information, considerable misinformation, as more...

13.09.2016

Misdiagnosis in Muscle Diseases

Having cared for both children and adults in six neuromuscular programs or clinics, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate diagnosis far too many patients receive. Several months ago a teenage youth sent me an e-mail saying he had been playing varsity basketball more...

30.08.2016

Inadequate 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 New York Times. Three researchers are trying a new technique to insert "the correct gene into damaged cells." more...

09.08.2016

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