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Week of March 12, 2001

    Question:   Can a surgical procedure like shaving bone after removing pica or plica cause chondromalasia? Or can anything during a surgical procedure cause chondromalacia?    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:   I read that the person with low TSH test should decrease thyroid medication, but my doctor increased the medication and my TSH test became still lower. My T3 is 33.3 (normal levels 23-36) and my T4 is 11.3 (normal levels 4.8-12.8), but my TSH is <0.05 (normal levels 0.3-5.7). Is my doctor wrong? 3 years ago my TSH was 0.81 (0.50-4.00) and T3 uptake was 28.5 (26.0-37.0).    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:   I'm 29 and in the last 3 years I've developed dry, blotchy, itchy skin around my cheek area. I've gone to the dermatologist and he keeps prescribing things that just don't seem to work. I've tried Metro Cream, Minocycline, Tetracycline and Clindamycin...    Dr. Ganiat's Answer