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could you explain what is dropsy and how do you get it?

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Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Edema: Dropsy is an old term which refers to excess fluid in the tissues, i.e. Edema. There are many causes of edema. Edema can be due to serious conditions (heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, lymphatic obstruction); but mild degrees of edema can be a common occurrence in women with premenstrual bloat, or after a prolonged immobilization (long plane flight).
Answered on Dec 28, 2013

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Old term 4 anasarca.: Dropsy is an old english term for the swelling noted in right heart failure (anasarca is the greek word for it).
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Old term: Dropsy is an outdated term that means swelling of the soft tissues. Probably equivalent to the term edema used today. Edema can be from heart failur ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Greer
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Too vague: Don't know what you mean by "dropsy".
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