Paroxysmal attack
Paroxysmal attacks (aka paroxysms, from Greek "paroxusmos" meaning "irritation, exasperation") are a sudden recurrence or intensification of Sx, e.g. spasm or seizure. Sx Sx are short, frequent and streotyped Cause Multiple sclerosis Pertussis Encephalitis Head trauma Stroke Asthma Trigeminal neuralgia Breath-holding spells Epilepsy Malaria Tabes...
Endometrial cancer
Endometrial cancer is cancer arising from the endometrium (i.e. lining of the uterus/womb). Sx Vaginal bleeding, not associated with a menstrual period, most often the first sign Dysuria (pain with urination) Dyspareunia (pain with...
Animal cruelty
Animal cruelty (aka abuse, neglect) is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival. Laws concerning animal cruelty are designed to...
Crying
Crying is the shedding of tears in response to an emotional state. Pathophysiology Secretomotor phenomenon, involving shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures See also Lacrimation (non-emotional...
Chest pain
Chest pain is a Sx of various serious conditions and thus considered a medical emergency. Classification Cardiovascular: Coronary artery disease (31%), including: Acute coronary syndrome (unstable angina, MI/heart attack) Stable angina pectoris Aortic dissection Pericarditis (4%) Cardiac tamponade Arrhythmia,...
Doppler auscultation
Doppler auscultation is the use of a Doppler fetal monitor to listen to the fetal heartbeat for prenatal care. The monitor is a hand-held U/S transducer, which uses the Doppler...
Connective tissue disease
Connective tissue disease are diseases that has the connective tissues of the body as a target of pathology. Pathophysiology Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue, w/ an extensive ECM that...
Beta agonist
Beta2-adrenergic agonists are drugs that act on the beta2-adrenergic receptor. [faq]What are beta agonists? It's a drug that acts on a receptor, that is usually activated by adrenaline. It does things like...
Mechanical ventilation
Mechanical ventilation is a method to mechanically assist or replace spontaneous breathing. Method Intubation, if necessary, inserting a tube into the body. This can include: Through the mouth (e.g. endotracheal tube) Through the skin (e.g. tracheostomy tube) Ventilator...
Anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorders are mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety (i.e. worry about future events) and fear (i.e. reaction to current events). Sx Emotions, ranging from Simple nervousness to Bouts of terror Physical...
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