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Week of September 8, 2003

    Question:   I am considering decompression surgery for Arnold-Chiari malformation. Can you supply me with any information on this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have a 4-year-old step-daughter. Her birth mother has condyloma. My step-daughter was born C-section to avoid contracting this disease. Her birth mother would wash herself then use the same wash cloth on the child. Could this spread the condyloma?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I'm a male and I believe I might have been exposed to a chemical such as a pesticide. I was wearing boxers when I spilled pesticide on myself when I was working in the garden. It did cause some skin irritation on the scrotum. I was wondering if this 3 or 4 day exposure will sufficiently increase my chance of having a child with birth defects. I went to my doctor but he didn't mention anything. Can you give me some insight on this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer