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what kind of condition is dropsy?

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Dr. John Hammes
27 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Swelling: Dropsy is an older term for swelling, which represents salt and water retention and which may occur in the lungs and/or legs. It is most commonly a result of heart or kidney failure, but could also be a manifestation of inadquate venous or lymphatic function.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
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Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience Cardiology
Dropsy: This is very old term for what we now call heart failure which is manifest as swelling.
Answered on Feb 14, 2012

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Dr. Philip Kern
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Edema: Dropsy is an old term that was used for edema. Many conditions cause edema.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Dropsy: Dropsy is an old term for edema or swelling. So yes if you have chf.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Can be: Dropsy is the archaic term for congestive heart failure. There are many causes of CHF and some are inherited.
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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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