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Tropical Medicine Specialist In LA area:

Fri Apr 30 10:07:37 EST 1999

Tropical Medicine Specialist In LA area:

I checked my sources and came up with this listing from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Clinical Consultants Directory:

Dr. Claire Panosian
Director, UCLA Travelers' and Tropical Medicine Clinic
Department of Medicine Practice Group (DMPG)
UCLA Medical Center
10833 LeConte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90024
Ph. (310) 206-7663
Fax (310) 825-3632

Hours Available:

Tues 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Thur  Same
Friday:  9:00 - 5:00 PM
Other times by appointment.
Services include standard travel counsel, malaria prophylaxis, immunizations (YF), post-travel diagnostic evaluation and treatment

Thats the best I  can do for you.  Give her a call and good luck. 

Steve Kayes

Dr. Stephen G. Kayes, Professor
Structural and Cellular Biology; 2042 MSB
University of South Alabama Col. of Medicine
Mobile, Al  36688-0002

(334) 460-6768 (Ofc)
(334) 450-6771 (Fax)

>>> "Jeremy Goldberg" <jeremyg at mediaone.net> 29 April 1999  11:49 pm >>>
Does anyone know of a good Parasite Specialist in the Los Angeles area?

I got very sick approximately two years ago in VietNam after eating smoked salmon.  Ever since then I have had numerous health problems, including:
  a.. stomach bloating
  b.. intestinal gas (foul smelling)
  c.. feelings of incomplete elimination
  d.. nausea after eating
  e.. nonstop intense hunger
  f.. occasional hives (doesn't seem food-related)
  g.. gone from 130 lbs to 116 lbs in two years
  h.. somewhat frequent dull headaches
  i.. poor digestion
  j.. fungal skin problems on neck and back
  k.. extremely low sex drive (last six months)
  l.. eyesight blurring in left eye (within the last year)
  m.. stomach convulsions (halted by Activated Charcoal tablets)
  n.. constipation
  o.. extreme fatigue (comes and goes)
  p.. racing pulse (usually nights and evenings - sometimes seems food-related)
I have had two parasite stool tests (two repetitions each) that both came out negative so the parasite possibility was dismissed by my doctors.  After lots of other lab tests (and expense) by lots of doctors, however, no one can come up with a reasonable explanation and all this did start the day after I got very bad food poisoning in VietNam.  I've been given digestive enzymes, vitamins, and so on with no help whatsoever.  I eat an extremely healthy diet, I don't smoke, drink or do any drugs at all.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated.  I have recently considered everything from empirical treatment with Niclosamide or Praziquantel to seeing a Chinese Doctor that specializes in gastrointestinal problems - especially parasites.  Not quite sure what to do, but somewhat worried about everything I've read about parasites.  Particularly worried about eyesight blurring in my left eye and the fatigue that just seems to get worse.



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