Charlotte Thompson, M.D.

Profession: Physician

My articles:

Congenital Benign Hypotonia is Not a Diagnosis

I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good information, but also considerable misinformation and incomplete information. This was clearly shown when I put "Benign Hypotonia" into Google. I was astounded to find information from the more...


Checking For Dangerous Drug Interactions

I was talking with an old friend recently who was concerned about her husband. He was in his late seventies and had had heart surgery a year ago. She was noticing that he fell asleep easily during the day and yet his doctor said he couldn't find anything wrong. more...


When Patients Seek Advice From A Specialist But Don’t Take It

Parents put children at risk when they think they know more than a specialist. Several physicians have told me of their frustration about patients coming to them for advice and then not taking it. Many of these doctors are the top doctors in their specialties. I, too, more...


Medical Concerns About Tattoos And Piercings

Tattoos and piercings can cause serious medical problems. Doctors and parents need to discuss the risks with patients and teens. Even if there is not a medical problem, teens need to know the risks. more...


Causes Of Choking In Little Children

Little children have small airways, so small objects they put in their mouths can easily obstruct the airway. An article in the American Academy of Pediatrics newsletter gave a list of items that can cause choking in little children. The article listed the ten more more...


Anesthesia Problems With Some Muscle Diseases

Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients can have problems with certain anesthetics. Parents must be sure to check that an anesthesiologist is aware of the condition called Malignant Hyperthermia and be prepared to treat it. Patients with Central Core disease can also be more...


Chocolate And Atrial Fibrillation

Eating chocolate has now been found to be beneficial not harmful for those who have atrial fibrillation. Any report should be carefully checked to see the length of the study and who did it. more...


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...


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...


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...


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