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What does critical condition exactly mean?

What does critical condition exactly mean?

Unstable vital signs: Which includes primarily bp/heart rate/ oxygen. When any of these parameters are outside normal range patient is in critical state. There could be several causes including bleeding, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia few common conditions. ...Read more

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What does "critical vs grave" condition mean?

What does "critical vs grave" condition mean?

Condition: Grave or moribund condition is used to describe a condition where recovery is not expected. Critical condition is used when a patient is unstable and will not live without a significant amount of intervention but has a resonable chance of recovery. ...Read more

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What does Macrocytic mean? And what does it mean if your result is +1?

What does Macrocytic mean? And what does it mean if your result is +1?

Macro: Comes from Greek and translates as large. Macrocytosis means large cells, it refers mostly to red blood cells. 1+ is mild. It helps us direct work up in case there is a need for work up. ...Read more

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What is miltiple scrorosis what does it mean

What is miltiple scrorosis what does it mean

?multiple sclerosis?: Is that what you meant?.. If so, ms is an autoimmune mediated disorder occurring in approx 400, 000 americans, where there is an inflammatory attack on the myelin coverings of the nerves in brain and spinal cord. Typical symptoms involve loss of vision, double vision, weakness, incoordination, loss of balance, numbness, pain, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue and problems with bowel and bladder. ...Read more

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What does the term "hospitalist" mean exactly?

What does the term "hospitalist" mean exactly?

Hospitalist: Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take care of inpatients. They may be internists for internal medicine patients, pediatrist for children and surgeons for surgical patients. ...Read more

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What does autoimmune mean? 

What does autoimmune mean? 

Body attacks itself: In autoimmune disease your immune system attacks your own body. This causes serious problems like colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis & lupus. There are often genetic predispositions but there is growing evidence that microbes and environmental toxins such as molds, heavy metals & pesticides play a key role. A well-written book on this is http://www.Donnajacksonnakazawa.Com/blog/?Page_id=7. ...Read more

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What does "critical condition" at the hospital mean?

What does "critical condition" at the hospital mean?

Life-threatening: Terms such as "critical", "serious", "fair", etc. Are not defined terms in medical jargon, and were probably started by the media. That said, i usually think of "critical" as any patient sick enough to require care in a critical care unit, or icu. ...Read more

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What does anemia mean?

What does anemia mean?

Low red blood cells: Anemia refers to having inadequate number of red blood cells (RBCs). One could be anemic for several reasons: 1) iron deficiency 2) genetic disorders involving hemoglobins (sickle cell disease, thalassemia), 3) blood loss or destruction of RBCs (hemolysis) 4) dysfunction of bone marrow (e.g. aplastic anemia). If you are anemic, it is important to find out what is causing it. ...Read more

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What does "mildly distended" mean in medical terms?

A "little": Mildly distended means it is a "little" enlarged. The categories are usually, mild, moderate and severe. Mild is the lowest on the scale. Example if your h is "mildly distended, then it is just a little enlarged. Etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does apexification mean?

Closing of apex: When the apex is open some procedures stimulates the apex to close it. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be borderline diabetic?

What does it mean to be borderline diabetic?

IFG/IGT: When fasting blood sugar is between 100-125 mg/dl or when 2-hour post meal/ogtt blood sugar is between 140-199 mg/dl, impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance is diagnosed. Either is considered a pre-diabetic condition, placing the patient at much higher risk for developing diabetes. Fortunately, this is treatable before it gets to the point of diabetes. ...Read more

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Does goiter recur? What does that mean?

Does goiter recur? What does that mean?

Usually not: Hi. Usually once you have a goiter, it's there to stay. However, if the goiter is due to Graves' disease and you get treated with radioactive iodine, that'll using shrink the goiter. Hashimoto's goiters and non-toxic nodular goiters usually stay as-is. Nodular goiters need to be considered for possibility of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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What does the term "chronic condition" mean?

Chronic vs. Acute: Chronic either means one has had the illness or diagnosis for some time or it is not one that can be cured. This is in contrast to an acute problem that resolves. ...Read more

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What does it mean to die of natural causes? What happens?

What does it mean to die of natural causes? What happens?

Usually unexplained: To die of natural causes usually implies that no artificial cause, accident, homicide, etc, or that no obvious disease process was the cause of death. Usually in this case, the deceased may have died at home or outside of the medical system and no other obvious cause is identified. Most likely death is due to a fatal abnormal heart rhythm. ...Read more

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