Charlotte Thompson, M.D.

Profession: Physician

My articles:

Constipation In Children

Constipation is a very common problem in children and one that is often left untreated by a child's doctor. If a pediatrician or family doctor doesn't sit down and talk with the child and his parent or parents and always take a diet history, the problem can go more...

20.06.2017

The Importance Of A Medical Team For Complicated Patients

Medical care has become so fragmented and so specialized that if a child or adult has a disability or a complicated medical problem, many different professionals may be needed. Unfortunately, there is often too little communication among the various team members. more...

06.06.2017

An Elevated CPK (CK) May Not Indicate A Medical Problem

An elevated CPK lab test may occur in active children, joggers, and other conditions. No diagnosis of muscular dystrophy should ever be made because of a single increased CPK. A complete work-up should be done if there is a question of muscle weakness. more...

23.05.2017

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...

25.04.2017

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...

11.04.2017

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...

14.03.2017

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...

28.02.2017

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

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