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Week of April 28, 2003

    Question:  My 8-year-old son was born with muscle atrophy on all the muscles on the back side of his left leg. In addition, he is a toe walker and has a very tight heel cord. We have done 8-10 Botox injections, casting, and physical therapy with success--but only with temporary results. At what point to we "bite the bullet" and have the heel cord lengthening surgery done?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 25-year-old female and I am allergic to sulfur drugs. I know that some foods contain sulfur as a preservative. When I read the ingredients of packaged foods I often can't even pronounce some of the preservatives that they list. Can you help me by listing the scientific names for sulfur and sulfur based preservatives? I have a condition called erythema nodosum. My doctors have ruled out every other cause except for a drug reaction and I would like to prevent myself from having another reaction. Sulfur is the only thing I can think of that could be causing it. Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 16-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with a ruptured milk duct after biopsy. The doctor said that this is common in women of Irish/English/Scottish descent. He put her on antibiotics. Can you please explain?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer