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Matthew Hoffman, MD

Matthew Hoffman, MDMatthew Hoffman, MD

Internist, WebMD Medical Expert

Internal Medicine

131 Answers54 Followers62,508 Helpful Answer Votes
 

Bio

Matthew Hoffman, MD, has written for WebMD since 2006.

He worked for CNN as a medical consultant during the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, and also contributed to production on health-related programs such as House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. As a freelancer, he has also written for numerous publications in Atlanta and North Carolina.

Credentials

Organization Affiliations:
  • Emory University
 

My Answers

A. Low blood pressure can result in reduced blood flow and circulation into the brain, with poor brain function. The usual symptom of dangerously low...
A. Myopathy simply means “something wrong with a muscle” (or more often, multiple muscles). Myopathy is a very general term that can be applied to...
A. No, sepsis itself is not contagious. Sepsis is an out-of-control infection due to bacteria, viruses, or other invading organisms. When an infection...
A. No. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts in men and women, and abnormal growths on the cervix that can advance to cervical cancer. Vaginal...
A. In its early stages, stomach cancer typically causes vague, often mild symptoms that a person may describe as indigestion, nausea, loss of appetite...
A. Tendonitis is usually caused by overuse of a muscle group or joint. Repeated sliding of the tendon during heavy use, especially when a person is...
A. It’s difficult to prevent the spread of genital herpes. Many people infected with the herpes virus do not know they have it, and the virus can be...
A. A stye (hordoleum) is inflammation of the eyelid, usually inside one of the small glands lining the eyelid. Most styes are caused by infection from...
A. Babies do have kneecaps – they’re just softer than yours.In babies and children, bones have to be strong enough to support the body, but soft enough...
A. Rest, relaxation, and regularly scheduled pain medicine are the best treatments for most broken ribs.Rib fractures usually result from a blow to the...
A. It’s uncommon (though not unheard of) for shingles to affect the external area around the vagina, called the vulva. It’s very unusual for shingles to...
A. Neurocardiogenic syncope is the most common reason for fainting. Neurocardiogenic syncope is also called vasovagal syncope.In neurocardiogenic...
A. Fluconazole (Diflucan) at a single low dose is pregnancy class C, which means risk to the developing baby cannot be ruled out. In studies on animals...
A. Stage 2 hypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 160 mm Hg or higher, or a diastolic blood pressure of 100 mm Hg or higher. Blood...
A. A renal ultrasound is a video taken of the kidneys using ultrasonic waves. A probe placed against the skin reflects high-energy sound waves off the...