Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
    January 13, 1997
    Henoch-Schonlein Purpura aka HSP

    Dr. Greene's Answer: No one knows what causes it. We do know that it often follows a viral respiratory infection. It seems to be some kind of allergic reaction to the virus. It has also been seen foll…

    Hair Loss
    December 9, 1996
    Hair Loss

    Dr. Greene's Answer: An average human scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. Even when most of these hairs remain healthy, it is little consolation to the child with hair loss. Sergio, I expect that your…

    XYY Boys
    December 2, 1996
    XYY Boys

    Dr. Greene's Answer: My hat is off to you, Mary. Your instinct is leading you to an often unrecognized root of many problems in very active boys. Mothering four children is a huge task -- all the more…

    November 22, 1996

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When you see the red-eye effect in a photograph, you are looking at a clue to the presence or absence of retinoblastoma, an important childhood cancer. Retinoblastoma, which is us…

    October 9, 1996
    Arthrogryposis: The importance of understanding as much as possible about your daughter’s condition

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Although arthrogryposis is not a familiar term to most people, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) affects about 3 out of 1000 people, or about 750,000 people in the United S…

    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine
    September 12, 1996
    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine

    The DTaP vaccine is a newer version of the older DPT vaccine. DTaP is designed to immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. (more…)…

    August 30, 1996

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You are not alone in your concerns. Hydronephrosis is being detected before birth with greatly increasing frequency. In the recent past, hydronephrosis (an enlargement of the kidn…

    August 5, 1996
    Anal Stenosis and Anorectal Malformations

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The gastrointestinal system is a long convoluted tube extending from the mouth, through the body, down to the anus. During development a portion of the tube may not form. This is …

    August 2, 1996
    What is Lyme Disease?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a bite from an infected tick. The symptoms in Lyme Disease can be divided into three stages. In the first stage a characteristic sk…

    Double Urethra
    July 17, 1996
    Double Urethra

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The urinary system is both amazing and complex. Urine is formed in the kidneys by their filtering the blood. The kidneys are located in the back, just under the ribs. A tube calle…

    June 12, 1996
    What Are Tonsil Stones, What Causes Them, & How Are They Treated?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The tonsils usually appear like small, dimpled golf balls set on either side of the back of the throat. Children with large tonsils and deep crypts often get food particles trappe…

    May 16, 1996
    What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Normally, when someone swallows, the food travels down the esophagus, a sphincter at the lower end relaxes, and the food is permitted to enter the stomach, where a pool of acid aw…

    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty
    April 18, 1996
    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of true puberty before 8 years of age in girls or 9 years of age in boys. (Boepple, et al. Endocrinology, Surgery, and Technology, Vol 1, 1996) (more……

    April 15, 1996
    McCune-Albright’s Polyostotic Fibrous Dysplasia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Two years ago, I first saw an otherwise healthy 9-year-old boy named Dennis. He had come to see me for a sore throat, but during the examination I noticed that he had an unusual b…

    March 28, 1996
    Pigeon Toed

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Gravity and muscle-use patterns sculpt our bodies over time. Most children begin life with moderate in-toeing. When a child begins walking, both the femur (the large bone in the t…

    Fused Vagina
    March 22, 1996
    Fused Vagina

    Dr. Greene's Answer: By far the most common form of vaginal obstruction in little girls is fusion of the labia minora as a result of labial adhesions. This can also be referred to as a fused vagina, t…

    Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean
    March 13, 1996
    Unusual Breath Odors & What They Mean

    Unusual breath odors are common in kids. Typically there isn't anything to worry about, but there are some breath odors that indicate an underlying problem. In children smelly breath that persists th…

    Fast Facts about Bed Wetting
    January 1, 1996
    Fast Facts about Bed Wetting

    Contrary to popular opinion, bed wetting is a very common problem. It affects somewhere between five and six million children. (more…)…