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What does ''sub-acute'' appendicitis means?

What does ''sub-acute'' appendicitis means?

Sub-acute Appendix: Usually, appendicitis is an acute event which develops suddenly and progresses rapidly. In subacute appendicitis, the onset is not as intense. Sub-acute appendicitis may actually get better on its own resulting in a chronic inflammation of the appendix. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

What does  "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Newer Symptoms: Acute schizophrenia usually refers to the onset of symptoms in a previously healthy person. This is often a young adult who is beginning to show odd behavior over a relatively short period of time. Such symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking (illogical or incoherent speech). This contrasts with "chronic schizophrenia, " which relates to long-term symptom patterns. ...Read more

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What does "acute" mean? Eg acute tonsillitis

What does "acute" mean? Eg acute tonsillitis

Acute=new: An acute condition is one that has recently developed, vs. chronic meaning long standing. ...Read more

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What does uremic poisoning mean?

What does uremic poisoning mean?

Uremia: Uremia refers to buildup of products of metabolism with regard to the Urea Cycle, a process that allows us to excrete nitrogenous waste from our kidneys. Perturbations in renal function leads to buildup of these products associated with acid base and electrolyte issues that are also related to kidney function. Uremia is treated with dialysis to remove the toxins, can cause seizures, cardiac arrest ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have enteric fever?

What exactly does it mean to have enteric fever?

Typhoid Fever: It's the same as typhoid fever. See this link for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/typhoid-fever/ds00538/. ...Read more

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What does having blood poisoning mean?

What does having  blood poisoning mean?

Lay term: Blood poisoning is a lay term that is generally used to describe an overwhelming infection. The medical term used is sepsis or septic shock, which refers to an infection that leads to severe stress or collapse of vital organ systems. The physiology do sepsis is complex, wikipedia has a nice lay summary, but even that is about 4 pages long. ...Read more

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What does infectious etiology mean?

What does infectious etiology mean?

It means: That the condition or symptom was caused by an infection. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

Could you explain what is acute disseminated encephalopathy?

Terminology: Acute= happened quickly, not over a long period disseminated= effects spread over wide area, not localized to a limited area. Encephalopathy= damage affecting the brain these are descriptors that describe a process.They would usually be entioned with a cause, whether infectious, toxic, or traumatic. ...Read more

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What does having bronchiolitis mean?

What does having bronchiolitis mean?

Lower resp Infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the small breathing tubes (bronchioles) of the lungs. It's usually caused by a virus. The infection can cause swelling in those small airways, extra fluid production, and therefore making it hard for your baby to breath sometimes. It usually start with some mild cough and congestion that progressively worsens and can lead to fast breathing. ...Read more

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Does the symptom abdominal pain mean that I have acute myelogenous leukemia?

Does the symptom abdominal pain mean that I have acute myelogenous leukemia?

Hmmmm....: While abdominal pain can be seen in patients with AML at diagnosis, for example from splenic infiltration by leukemia cells, bleeding or clotting episodes, etc., this is far from the first (or even 10th) thing that i think of in a patient with abdominal pain.. I'm wondering why you are making this connection. Sounds like you need to have a frank conversation about this concern with your dr. ...Read more

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What is a rotovirus.? What symtoms does it imvolve?

What is a rotovirus.? What symtoms does it imvolve?

Stomach Bug: Rotavirus is one of the most common viral causes of gastroenteritis in children. Typical sypmtoms include vomitting and diarrhea. Most infants in the us are now vaccinated against this disease which has caused a massive reduction in severe disease and hospitalizations. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have hepatitis a?

What does it mean to have hepatitis a?

Viral illness: It is a viral illness that affects the liver, you can turn yellow, and it can give you stomach discomfort and diarrhea. Some people don't even noticed when they got it. ...Read more

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What does non-specific pneumonitis mean?

What does non-specific pneumonitis mean?

It means...: ...That it does not look like any particular recognizable type. Most viral pneumonitis, as well as mycoplasma, have a nonspecific appearance on xray, while pneumococcal pneumonia usually looks like a slice of pie. ...Read more

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What does it mean if somebody has cmi? What's the difference between chronic mesenteric or myocardial ischemia?

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What does it mean if somebody has cmi? What's the difference between chronic mesenteric or myocardial ischemia?

Poor circulation: Cmi could mean chronic mesenteric insufficiency . Ischemia means poor circulation . If it involves the heart it is called myocardial ischemia and if it is the gut it is called mesenteric. ...Read more

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What is acute gastritis?

What is acute gastritis?

Stomach's a mess: Acute gastritis refers to a condition were the inside lining of the stomach gets inflammed. Multiple causes. ...Read more

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Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

Non-infectious cause: Lots of things can cause GI distress --infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), many viruses &bacteria. Zantac reduces acid-related gastritis symptoms. ...Read more

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What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

Gastroenteritis is: usually a viral illness (but can be bacterial) affecting GI tract. Sx's: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches, pains & fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). Average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Acute vs. recurrent?: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), many viruses & bacteria.What R UR symptoms? ...Read more

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Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Most definitiely: If you have been vomiting a lot, your body gets stressed. This "stress response" is suggested when your neutrophils spike up at the expense of your lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What is a nursing diagnosis for a patient with acute gastroenteritis and severe dehydration?

What is a nursing diagnosis for a patient with acute gastroenteritis and severe dehydration?

A/N/V/dizziness: If i understand question correctly, the nursing diagnosis should mainly address the actual signs and symptoms. So, severe dehydration should not be nursing diagnosis since technically you may call volume depletion by mistake a dehydration. But would be appropriate to say dizziness, weakness, low blood pressure as these are not disputable and not amenable to error. ...Read more

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Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more

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Can I give econorm to my five n half year old child on empty stomach as he is suffering from loosemotions(acute gastroenteritis)do I have to give h an?

Can I give econorm to my five n half year old child on empty stomach as he is suffering from loosemotions(acute gastroenteritis)do I have to give h an?

OK to give econorm: with liquids but without food unless he is vomiting. With any diarrhea illness, but sure to give adequate fluids to prevent dehydration. Best fluids are electrolyte solutions that have sodium and very low levels of sugar. ...Read more

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My 6 yo daughter has acute gastroenteritis (foul smelling watery stool). No fever. No other c/o. Family w similar. Studies show pepto may help but there are concerns about reyes. What say u all?

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Possible link: Peptobismol contains salicylate (same chemical found in aspirin) and can cause reye syndrome if taken while child has influenza or chicken pox. Pepto is not recommended for children with diarrheal illness. ...Read more

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My girlfriend drank some far expired juice and as a result got gastroenteritis, does that mean this is contagious?

My girlfriend drank some far expired juice and as a result got gastroenteritis, does that mean this is contagious?

If your girlfriend: Became ill from drinking juice that had gone bad - that wouldn't be viral gastroenteritis. This is not necessarily a contagious condition. ...Read more

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Sharp pain under ribs left side actual stomach area diagnosed with gastroenteritis but no vomit or direah and my abdomen swollen on left side ?

Sharp pain under ribs left side actual stomach area diagnosed with gastroenteritis but no vomit or direah and my abdomen swollen on left side ?

Left Rib pain: The area under your left ribs consists of your spleen, left kidney, diaphragm and left lower lung. The splenic part of your large colon is there too. All of those could be causing symptoms.. ...Read more

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Whipple 8/15. Severe upper left abd pain, recurrent fever (103), & acute pancreatitis in past 3 weeks. CT says multiple non dilated small bowel loops in abd & pelvis - says gastroenteritis. Other possibilities? Drs gave no answer for recurrent fever.

Whipple 8/15. Severe upper left abd pain, recurrent fever (103), & acute pancreatitis in past 3 weeks. CT says multiple non dilated small bowel loops in abd & pelvis - says gastroenteritis. Other possibilities? Drs gave no answer for recurrent fever.

Fever: The intestinal loop pattern is nonspecific, in my opinion. I would be concerned about an intraabdominal abscess formation. I recommend that an abdominal surgeon be conducting your care with close collaboration of a gastroenterologist and a radiologist who can suggest other imaging studies likely to shed light on your case. An exploratory operation may be required,however if antibiotics don't help. ...Read more

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What is meant by stomach flu?

What is meant by stomach flu?

Stomach flu: This term is generally used to mean an infectious bug called gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Threw up twice in one week after i had almost recovered from the stomach flu. Does this mean i'm still sick?

Threw up twice in one week after i had almost recovered from the stomach flu. Does this mean i'm still sick?

Gastroenteritis: may have left your GI tract irritated or thrown off your natural probiotics. That is why a gentle and bland diet is recommended as a transition. However, it is possible the two episodes of vomiting weren't associated with the recent bout of stomach flu. Take care. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more