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Week of June 17, 2002

    Question:   I am a 34-year-old female who has suffered with snoring all my life. I have heard that snoring could be corrected with the removal of the adenoids. Is this true? I wake up every day with dry mouth and drool. The snoring is so horrible that my spouse can hear me in the living room with the bedroom door closed. If you have heard of this type of surgery, what is the estimated recovery time and hospital stay time?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   On and off for the past three months, I have had a foul smelling mucous discharge when I have a bowel movement. I haven't had this kind of discharge before and wasn't even aware that this type of thing exists. What does that mean?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My dad had been diagnosed with Sideroblastic anemia. I have found a few web sites discussing it, but none state how long one can live with it. I am in the US military and don't want to spend my father's last year on the other side of the world. Is there a site that gives life expectancies for this kind of stuff? Can you tell me what the typical prognosis is for this disease?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer