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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Server pain in rght armpit and elbow w/tingling down to distal forearm;atrophy in armpit, elbow, and thenar mscle of hand.

Server pain in rght armpit and elbow w/tingling down to distal forearm;atrophy in armpit, elbow, and thenar mscle of hand.

Pinched Nerve: Your description sounds like you have a pinched nerve until proven otherwise! with muscle atrophy compared to the opposite side i would get this checked by a spine or orthopedic doctors. You should expect to get imaging tests of your neck and possibly a nerve test. ...Read more

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Is muscle atrophy in the hand and forearm after a cast permanent?

Is muscle atrophy in the hand and forearm after a cast permanent?

No.: No, the muscles will return to normal size as you begin to use your arm and hand again. ...Read more

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What insect could cause my daughters forearm to swell 4 inches around the bite?

What insect could cause my daughters forearm to swell 4 inches around the bite?

Several: It may not be specific to the insect. The body often responds to a variety of insect bites by trying to build a wall of fluid around any injected material. Capillaries under the skin turn into soaker hoses and release serum & chemicals that cause swelling. A warm thichened area builds similar to what happends when u sprain an ankle.The swelling goes down as the lymph glands sort out & detoxify it. ...Read more

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Can certain medications cause the kidney to become atrophic?

Can certain medications cause the kidney to become atrophic?

Yes.: Many drugs can result in renal failure which will eventually lead to atrophy of the kidneys. It's rare today though since we are well aware of these drugs and your doctor should monitor renal function if you're taking them. ...Read more

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What can cause sharp pains in my left forearm?

What can cause sharp pains in my left forearm?

Number of things: Description of sharp makes it likely it is something localized to the forearm and not being 'referred' from another area, like the heart. (see, prior answers related to referred pain). Presuming there's no trauma, insect bite to area, most likely a tendinitis (tendon connects muscle to joint)--rest the muscles, ice, anti inflammatory. Less likely is a clot in the vein. Persistent pain-again, c doc. ...Read more

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I'm 59 and my skin on my forearms tears and bleeds easily. Do you know plausible causes?

I'm 59 and my skin on my forearms tears and bleeds easily. Do you know plausible causes?

Easy bruising: As you age skin is thinner ( less fat) so less protective effect on capillaries when there is even minor trauma . Alos medications like ASA, coumadin, blood thinners, fish oil, Vit E, ginko, ginger , steroids,estrogens make it easier to bleed or compromise the integrity of the skin .Conditions like liver disease, low platelets, vasculitis , B12, Vit K ,zinc deficiency affect bleeding. ...Read more

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I have a growth on my forearm the size of a BB. It has been growing a changing color slightly. And it causes pain when it gets scratched. Dangerous?

I have a growth on my forearm the size of a BB. It has been growing a changing color slightly. And it causes pain when it gets scratched. Dangerous?

Probably no: However, if you have a mass that is growing and changing color, it needs to be evaluated. See your primary care physician. They will probably be able to give you a diagnosis just by looking, but they may simply remove it and send it to be tested. Obviously you are worried that it might be melanoma. very unlikely with how you described it. ...Read more

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