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What exactly is eosinophilia?

What exactly is eosinophilia?

White blood cell: Increase levels of a white blood cell called an eosinophil... Worm infections or allergies cause this problem. Rarely a rare type of leukemia. ...Read more

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What exactly is leukopenia?

What exactly is leukopenia?

Leukopenia: Leukopenia is how doctors say low white blood cell count. There are many different causes. Please see a hematologist so they can help determine the cause of your leukopenia. ...Read more

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What exactly is hematology?

What exactly is hematology?

Blood science: Hematology is the science (and art) of blood and blood disorders; doctors trained and certified in this field sre hematologists. Check out this site- hematology.Org. ...Read more

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What exactly is mastocytosis?

What exactly is mastocytosis?

Too many mast cells: Mastocytosis is an overgrowth of mast cells, immune cells that release histamine and other chemicals upon activation. There are several forms, from small collections of cells in the skin (urticaria pigmentosa) to increased numbers in the bone marrow and throughout the body (systemic mastocytosis). Symptoms vary from hive-like reactions to recurrent anaphylaxis. See a specialist for more details. ...Read more

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What exactly is ttp?

What exactly is ttp?

Subtle disease: It's caused by inactivation, by autoantibody or exacerbation of a birth defect, of the protein that clear activated von willebrand's factor. Little blood clots interfere with kidney and brain function, there is a fever, and unless the plasma is replaced repeatedly (the mainstay of treatment), it is fatal. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. ...Read more

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What exactly is hemophilia?

What exactly is hemophilia?

Gene for bleeding: The two common hemophilias are lack of factor viii (hemophilia a) and factor ix (hemophilia b) respectively. Of variable severity, these people are prone to bleed too easily especially from blunt trauma. Treatment consists of replacement of the missing factor and is a complicated business with specialists that are well-equipped to do this. Cure by gene therapy may soon be here for ix. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly is lupus?

What exactly is lupus?

Autoimmune: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness. This means people have a immume response against themselves and their own tissues. The hallmark blood test is a positive anti-nuclear antibody or an ana. Depending on what tissue is involved results in the clinical symptoms such as rash, arthritis, kidney disease etc. ...Read more

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What exactly is thalassemia?

What exactly is thalassemia?

See below: Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. ...Read more

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What exactly is fibroliposarcoma?

What exactly is fibroliposarcoma?

Cancer: Sarcomas are malignant rumors of connective tissue. The term "fibro" refers to tissues like tendons and "lipo" refers to fat. A fibroliposarcoma would be a malignant tumor with features of fat cells and fibrous tissue in it. ...Read more

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What exactly is hyperthyroidism?

What exactly is hyperthyroidism?

Excess thyroid hormo: Hyperthyroidism occurs when your body is exposed to too much thyroid hormone (secreted by the thyroid gland, which sits at the base of the neck). Thyroid hormone controls metabolism so hyperthyroidism typically causes increased metabolism. Some of the symptoms include: increased appetite but weight loss, increased heart rate, tremor, diarrhea, feeling hot all the time, and anxiety. ...Read more

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What exactly is cholangitis?

What exactly is cholangitis?

Bile Duct Infection: Ascending cholangitis describes an infection in the bile duct, usually secondary to obstruction. Common causes include bile duct stones, strictures, or tumors. These infections can be very serious because bacteria readily enter the bloodstream from the liver. Rx includes antibiotics +/-relief of the obstruction via endoscopy (ercp). ***sclerosing cholangitis is an unrelated inflammatory dz***. ...Read more

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What is gammopathy?

What is gammopathy?

Immoglobulin finding: If a person has an unusually large number of antibodies, but not a single one in great excess, we speak of a polyclonal gammopathy; it's never a specific finding. An abundance of a single antibody is a monoclonal antibody "spike" that is quite common but may indicate or precede (often by decades) plasma cell "multiple" myeloma. ...Read more

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What exactly is hyperkalemia?

What exactly is hyperkalemia?

Elevated potassium: Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be severe to mild. Most common causes are kidney disease and Addison's disease (adrenal disease0. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating. It is usually treated by dialysis and fluids, with Insulin and sodium bicarbonate. ...Read more

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What exactly is phenylketonuria?

What exactly is phenylketonuria?

Gene mutation: When someone inherits a defective gene from two unaffected parents they can have pku. They can't make the enzyme phenyalanine (phe) hydroxylase.The dietary protein phe cannot be broken down & the phe level raises in the blood & urine. Untreated it will cause brain damage, short stature & seizures. Treatment includes avoiding phe containing foods, meds & regular followup. ...Read more

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What exactly is rheumatology?

What exactly is rheumatology?

Rheumatic Disease : The study of rheumatic diseases which include arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, soft tissue diseases, immunologic diseases, osteoporosis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue diseases to name a few. There are over 100-150 rheumatic diseases. ...Read more

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What exactly is schizencephaly?

What exactly is schizencephaly?

Brain birth defect: Schizencephaly is a developmental birth defect. It is characterized by abnormal slits or clefts in the cerebral hemispheres of the brain. ...Read more

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What exactly is astrocytoma?

What exactly is astrocytoma?

Brain tumor: Astrocytoma describes a brain tumor that arises from the cell called the astrocyte in the brain. These are supportive cells that are diffusely located in the normal brain. These tumors can be slow growing or very fast growing and aggressive. The most common type of brain tumor in adults is a type of astrocytoma called a glioblastoma multiforme. These tumors don't go all over the body. ...Read more

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What exactly is anemia?

What exactly is anemia?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). A hematologist can help. ...Read more

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What exactly is parvo?

What exactly is parvo?

Parvovirus: Here is a good summary: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/canine_parvovirus it is a virus that affects dogs. ...Read more

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What is hyperproteinemia?

What is hyperproteinemia?

Too much protein: Hyper: too much. Proteinemia: Protein in blood. Too much protein in the blood is often caused by too many antibodies made by B cells or plasma cells. You should see a hematologist. ...Read more