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What Sort Of Problem Is Ascites
Acute inflammation: The appendix is a worm-shaped part of the intestine that is very prone to obstruction, leading to acute inflammation that can progress to perforation if left untreated. While different theories exist, we really don't know why this occurs, but it has remained very common, occurring in app. 10% of the population. Ct scanning has led to the removal of fewer normal appendices based on suspicion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Failure of closure: The fetus is busy around 20-30 days in when the nervous system starts forming along a line like a trench. The trench folds in on itself and begins to form a tube, sealing itself in the middle first and moving toward both ends like two zippers. When the top end fails to close, many brain structures don't form & we have anencephaly.At the bottom, we get spina bifida. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A serious one.: Alcoholism is a disease that affects mind, body & spirit. One loses control of alcohol use, is preoccupied w alcohol & continues to drink alcohol in spite of problems related to it's use. One may drink more than intended & over time may need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to obtain the same effect. Attempts to cut down on use or to stop use may have been unsuccessful. Alcoholism creates > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scarring of the lung: Asbestos exposure can result in tiny asbestos fibers getting deposited in the lungs. This causes inflammation, and scarring. The lungs get stiff, harder to inflate and oxygen transfer from lung to blood is impaired. This is called asbestosis. It is often progressive.In addition the lining around the lungs can scar ( pleural plaques) and is a cause of cancer involving this lining (mesothelioma). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adrenoleukodystrophy: Adrenoleukodystrophy is passed from parents to their children as an x-linked genetic trait. It affects males, although some women who are carriers can have mild disease. It affects 1 in 20, 000. The condition results in the buildup of very-long-chain fatty acids in nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes, which disturbs normal function. For more see: http://www.Umm.Edu/ency/article/001182.Htm. ...Read more
Variety of problems: Depending on the patient's immune system, infections with amoebas can cause conditions such as liver abscesses (entamoeba histolytica) from unwashed hands (less common now with better sanitation) and keratitis (acanthamoeba) from contaminated contact lens solution, to catastrophes such as meninigitis and brain abscesses (naegleria fowlerii, balamuthia mandrillaris) through inhalation of cysts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disease of arteries: Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process which occurs in arteries. Advanced stages cause narrowing of the arteries involved. The narrowing can lead to complete blockage of blood flow or to what is termed "plaque rupture" (when pieces of the lining of diseased artery break free. Clot forms and floats downstream). In the heart this causes heart attacks, in the brain this causes strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swelling: Angioedema is a swelling of tissues. Some cases can be shown to be a lack of a particular enzyme, but the mild angioedema that occasionally causes swelling of the tongue or eyelid is not life threatening and usually can't be diagnosed. Angioedema is not hives; if it itches, it is not angioedema. Your allergist can help figure out what is going on, and help you if it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergic reaction: Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Common symptoms are difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, a rash, skin redness, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, and several others. It involves the entire body and needs to be treated right away as it can be life threatening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Internal Injuries: We differentiate abdominal injuries secondary to penetrating trauma (gun shot-, knife wounds) vs. Blunt trauma (car crashes, falls). The former almost-always requires immediate surgery whereas the latter tends to cause injuries to solid organs (liver, spleen, kidney, etc) and may often be treated non-surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let's get specific: In the absence of obvious disease / poisoning, perhaps you have been told you have metabolic acidosis (complicates a host of illnesses and especially some of the diabetes / metabolic syndrome pills) or renal tubular acidosis (mild-to-serious problem handling bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate).) some charlatans diagnose "blood acidosis" without basis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Poor vision: Amblyopia occurs when one or both eyes are not given the opportunity to see well in infancy and youth. It can be caused by uncorrected need for glasses, an eye that is not straight (strabismus), or something blocking the vision (congenital cataract, drooping eyelid). If not caught and treated early (by age 4-6), the eye will have limited potential vision (usually 20/40 or worse). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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