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Week of June 9, 2003

    Question:   I am a Family Care Home Provider. I want to know your opinion on using the Estraderm patch for males. The reason that it would be used for would be to help treat a patient control his inappropriate sexual behavior such as masturbation in inappropriate places. Could you give me your advice and opinion on this matter?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   My daughter was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at birth. She has never had a scan but the doctors said she either had no thyroid or it would never function. She's been on the same dose of Synthroid for almost her whole life and her labs stay almost perfect. Is it possible that she doesn't have hypothyroidism or that her thyroid has started working? Would it be worth the discomfort to her to take her off her medication to have a scan done?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   My 10-year-old daughter has recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) over a 3-year time. They have done ultra sounds, blood tests and void tests. They have all come up negative. She was put on Macrodantin, but every time they try to take her off the UTI comes back. I have been told she will grow out of this. She was first on Macrodantin 6 months then 1 year. I am concerned about why this might be happening and also the long-term affect of Macrodantin. When she gets a UTI, her symptoms are heavy blood in urine, fever, pain in lower abdomen. Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer