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What exactly is a vasospasm?

What exactly is a vasospasm?

Narrowing of vessels: Vasospasm is a sudden narrowing of a blood vessel due to constriction or tightening of the muscles in the wall of the blood vessel. ...Read more

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Vasospasm (Definition)

This is a sudden spasm (narrowing) ...Read more


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What exactly is a seizure?

What exactly is a seizure?

What is a seizure: A seizure is a clinical condition caused by electrical excitation over a part of (or all of) the surface of the brain. It may cause loss of awareness, loss of consciousness, breath holding, muscle movements, twitching, or vocalization, among other things. ...Read more

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What exactly is a bruise?

What exactly is a bruise?

What is a bruise: Bruise is bleeding under the skin and it looks bluish black it can be due to trauma to that area or sometimes comes on spontaneusly due to certain medical conditions.There may be fragility of blood vessels, low platlet count, or other bleeding disorders due to lack of clotting factors in blood.If is recurrent and in many places in the body then one has to consult their physician. ...Read more

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What exactly is a vascular mass?

What exactly is a vascular mass?

A growth which has e: A vascular mass means a tumor or growth which has excess of blood flowing through it. It may be a benign tumor of blood vessesl commonly called hemangioma or it can be a cancerous growth, many of which has excess of blood flowing through them. You need to find out from the treating doctor what is the cause of this mass/tumor and what is he/she recommending for diagnosis and treatment? ...Read more

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What exactly is a hormone?

What exactly is a hormone?

BIG question!: Hi. In general terms, a hormone is a substance made in one place in the body and active at other places (the target tissues). Hormones bind specific receptors in target tissues and modify cell/tissue function. Hormones come in 4 broad categories: peptides/proteins, steroids, biogenic amines, and fatty acid metabolites. I've got monster textbooks that try to answer that question! :-) ...Read more

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What exactly is a concussion?

What exactly is a concussion?

Poorly Understood: We are getting better at understanding it. It is a generalized. ...Read more

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What exactly is a fistula?

What exactly is a fistula?

Abnormal Connection: An abnormal connection between to organs or vessels. Example: entero-cutaneous fistula- an connection between the bowel and the skin. These are typically caused by diseases of the bowel. Example: arterio-venous fistula- a connection between an artery and a vein. These are created surgically to provide dialysis. ...Read more

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What is a cardioangiogram?

What is a cardioangiogram?

Angio: I presume you are mistakenly referring to coronary angiogram. During this test we image the heart and coronary arteries. ...Read more

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What is a coronary vasospasm?

What is a coronary vasospasm?

Coronary Vasospasm..: Coronary artery vasospasm is smooth muscle constriction of the coronary artery. This can mimic coronary artery obstruction by plaque. Cocaine use can cause vasospasm. ...Read more

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What exactly is a goiter?

What exactly is a goiter?

Enlarged thyroid: "goiter" is a term for an enlarged thyroid gland. ...Read more

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What is a thrombus?

What is a thrombus?

Blood clot: A thrombus is a blood clot, generally one that forms within a blood vessel or inside the heart. ...Read more

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What exactly is a narcissist?

someone that likes : Someone that likes themselves more than they like anyone else. ...Read more

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What is a artery , what is a vein and, what is a capillary?

Blood vessels: Dr. Dugan is right. In a nutshell, arteries carry blood from the heart to the body. Veins carry blood from the body back to the heart. Capillaries connect arteries and veins. ...Read more

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What is a TIA and what does it mean?

What is a TIA and what does it mean?

TIA: Tia happens when blood supply to a certain area of the brain gets cut off temporarily. This causes a neurologic deficit - weakness, numbness, visual deficit or difficulty with speech. While TIA usually resolves, it indicates that there is a problem with your heart or blood vessels that can cause another TIA or stroke. ...Read more

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What is a scintillating scotoma and what does it indicate?

What is a scintillating scotoma and what does it indicate?

Ocular migraine: There are three kinds of migraines. Some people see a 10 to 15 minute visual disturbance followed by a headache. This is a classic migraine. Some people only see the visual disturbance without a headache. This is called an ocular or ophthalmic migraine. Please look online to see the typical appearance of a scintillating scotoma. ...Read more

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What causes a bloot clot? What exactly is happening?

What causes a bloot clot? What exactly is happening?

Blood clot: Go to wikipedia. Great pictures and cannot give good answer in only 400 spaces.

Or better yet go to uptodate.com ...Read more

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What exactly is a ringworm?

What exactly is a ringworm?

Ringworms: Dermatophytes (skin fungi) survive on dead layer of keratin protein on top of skin & cause infection. They rarely invade deeper layers of skin. ...Read more

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What a bruit is and what it means.?

What a bruit is and what it means.?

Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. The most common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis either in the chest arteries or neck arteries. A fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - carotid ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more

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What exactly is a melanoma?

What exactly is a melanoma?

Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. ...Read more

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