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Week of October 1, 2001

    Question:   My father has recurring trouble with throat polyps for the last three years. He has had two surgeries to have the polyps removed and each time the polyps have returned within 3-4 months. He has been told he that it is polyloma. Is surgery the best treatment for this condition? Are throat polyps a symptom of some sort of diet or vitamin deficiency? Is there something we can do other than surgery in order to have this condition successfully treated?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 8-year-old daughter broke her elbow 3 years ago. They cast the arm for about 4 weeks. When the cast was taken off, the doctor said it looked great. She did not need any physical therapy and almost immediately after the cast was removed, she kind of did her own therapy by swimming daily. She also has never experienced any pain in the arm or elbow. However, now the arm looks deformed, like it healed inverted. What steps should we take? I know she will have to have it reset and may even need surgery. Since the Dr. said it healed just fine, will we have to pay to have the procedure done over again? I don't feel comfortable going back to the Dr. and showing him his work, but I don't want to have another medical bill to have to contend with. Will this turn into a messy law suit?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 30 years old, and have had vertigo and tinnitus since about 18. My ear, nose, throat doctor told me I have Meniere's. He gave me three options for this...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer