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Week of December 24, 2001

    Question:   My Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (ORL) doctor diagnosed me a with deviated septum (I have a bit of trouble breathing and I also have allergic rhinitis). I will be having laser surgery to correct it. How good is this method? Is the traditional surgery (septoplasty) more efficient? Can you provide me with more information?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Recently I was diagnosed with Chlamydia, got treated and the situation was remedied. I never took a test for it but the doctor diagnosed me through just hearing my symptoms. I am monogamous with my girlfriend and she tested negative for the disease. She is my only partner; I've not been with anyone else. Now we are both baffled: if it was chlamydia, where did I get it? And if it wasn't chlamydia, what was it? I have been doing some reading on Penile Yeast infections. I am circumsized. Is it possible I got a yeast infection?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 33-year-old male. Over 4 years ago, I suffered a spiral fracture to my tibia, broke my fibula and snapped my talus across the neck. The talus was screwed together and the tibia was originally plated and then fixed with an external fixator. All repair has now finished but I have been diagnosed as having a cross union and pseudoarthrosis at the site of the previous osteotomy and an increase uptake in the antero-lateral aspect of the ankle. Can you please put that diagnosis into layman terms and offer some advise on possibly ways forward. I have no dorsiflextion and suffer extreme pain in the ankle and shin.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer