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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Overview

Munchausen syndrome by proxy, referred to as a factitious disorder, can take the form of child abuse when parents make up illnesses for their child. Munchausen syndrome by proxy, now referred to as a factitious disorder, can take the form of...

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What Is Von Hippel-Lindau Disease?

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a hereditary condition associated with tumors arising in multiple organs. Learn more. Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a rare condition that causes abnormal blood vessel growth throughout different areas of your...

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Symptoms of Von Hippel-Lindau Disease

VHL disease itself often has no symptoms, but the tumors related to VHL disease may have noticeable signs. Learn more about symptoms and causes of VHL. Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a genetic condition that causes abnormal blood vessel growth...

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How Von Hippel-Lindau Disease Is Diagnosed

Diagnosing VHL disease typically involves imaging scans, blood tests, and a physical examination to check for tumors. Learn more. Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a hereditary condition that causes tumors and cysts to grow in multiple areas of the...

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How Von Hippel-Lindau Disease Is Treated

Treatment of most cases of VHL usually involves surgery to remove the tumors. Certain tumors can be treated with focused high-dose radiation. Learn more. If you are diagnosed with Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, tumors or cysts may grow in up to 10...

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What Is Common Variable Immunodeficiency?

Common variable immunodeficiency is an immune system disorder in which a person has reduced antibodies, resulting in frequent infections. Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is an immune system disorder that causes low antibodies, which reduces...

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Desmoid Tumor Treatment

Treatment of a desmoid tumor may involve a combination of active surveillance, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or prescription medications. Desmoid tumors are benign (noncancerous) tumors that may grow slowly or become more aggressive and invade...

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What Is Congenital Muscular Dystrophy?

Congenital muscular dystrophy is an umbrella term for a category of genetic muscle diseases seen either at birth or shortly after. Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) is the name for a category of genetic muscle diseases that first appear near birth...

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How a Desmoid Tumor Is Diagnosed

Desmoid tumor signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and why a biopsy is important. Desmoid tumors are a rare type of benign (noncancerous) tumor. Some grow for months or years before a person notices them. Others cause symptoms such as pain or...

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The 5 Stages of Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that develops over several decades. Learn about the stages. Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurological disorder caused by a genetic mutation passed down through...

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