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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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What does it mean to have permanent optic neuritis?

What does it mean to have permanent optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: There are two suggestions from your expression "permanent". You may have changes in your optic nerve that are not reversible or you may have multiple sclerosis. It would be best to get the answer from the doctor who used the terminology. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have optical neuropathy?

What exactly does it mean to have optical neuropathy?

Optic neuropathy : Optic neuropathy is usually a vascular or circulatory problem of the small blood vessels of the optic nerve. An inflammatory condition of blood vessels called vasculitis can also result in optic neuropathy. No matter the cause, optic neuropathy can result in severe vision loss in some, but not all patients. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have prominent eyes?

What does it mean to have prominent eyes?

Prominent eyes: Prominant eyes can be normal or due to diseases such as thyroid exophthalmos, orbital tumors, bony orbital abnormalities, or other issues. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

Unknown Dialect: Unfortunately, the phrase you're using is one that as this neurologist is concerned doesn't really strike a chord. I know what "nerve pinching" could mean. I know what brain disease is...but hybridizing those 2 takes it out of my recognition radar. My apologies. Got a description of the symptoms involved per chance? If you'd like to tell me in a private word: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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What does it mean to have demyelinating neuropathy?

What does it mean to have demyelinating neuropathy?

Neuropathy: The nerves are covered with an insultating material called myelin. Much like a telephone cable that has rubber covering it too acts as insulation "myelin" does the same for a nerve. If the myelin is weakened by disease or some pathological process one develops a demyelinating neuropathy of which there are many causes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when urinating to much?

What does it mean when urinating to much?

May be...: It means differently as to the number and amount of voiding. Going to bathroom often doesn't necessarily mean voiding too much. And it's okay to go often as long as being able to empty bladder with free-flowing stream with good volume from each voiding and with normal urinalysis. More detailing? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

What does it mean when you have arteriosclerosis of extremities?

PAD: Peripheral arterial disease is caused by cholesterol build up that narrows the arteries carrying oxygen and blood flow to the legs. Most patients have no symptoms and are diagnosed with an abi, measuring blood pressure in the legs. Treatment is lowering cholesterol, exercise, not smoking, and controlling blood pressure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when one vocal chord is not visable?

What does it mean when one vocal chord is not visable?

Vocal cord, larynx, : It can mean a lot of things-if you have an actual voice problem then it might mean that some of the muscles in your throat are "overactive" or working too hard. Sometimes it may indicate that the vocal cord (or fold) has shrunk over time--it depends on where and who told you that the vocal cord was not visible (what kind of exam-laryngoscopy?). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your eye is yellow?

What does it mean when your eye is yellow?

Several possible: Causes, ranging from normal variant to pinguecula to jaundice. Consider an exam if this is a sudden new finding. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your right eye twitches?

What does it mean when your right eye twitches?

Hi stress or nothing: If you are talking about your lids twitching, stress can cause that to happen. So can dehydration, certain medications, low blood sugar, electrolyte imbalances and many more things. Most of the time the problem resolves quickly with no treatment. If not, it is time to see your family doctor.! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a papilledemabrain tumor?

What does it mean to have a papilledemabrain tumor?

Papilledema: This refers to swelling of the optic disc caused by increased intracranial pressure. So if something is in the brain, let's say a tumor (that should not be there) it causes pressure. The skull is a finite space and if too much fluid builds up it leads to increases pressure. This can be seen by looking in the eyes and sometimes we see papilledema. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a muscles twiches?

What does it mean when a muscles twiches?

As long : It is a short period you perceive even see the twitching it has no significance, can happen to every one. Long term duration should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does it mean to have blurred optic discs?

Hello doctors, what does it mean to have blurred optic discs?

Normal or disease: Blurred optic nerves can be physiologic (normal for you) or from swelling in the optic nerve from inflammation or infection of the nerves that make up the optic disc or a tumor in the optic nerve canal or elevated pressure in the brain. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when my eye twitches continuously?

What exactly does it mean when my eye twitches continuously?

Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to present in times of stress. It can cause the vision in that eye to vibrate, as well. If symptoms are severe or not resolving over time, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Optic Atrophy (Definition)

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