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A new class of medications called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) inhibitors is available to treat allergy-related asthma. Omalizumab (Xolair) was the first ap
This is a difficult time to be a smoker. As the public becomes more aware that smoking is a hazard not only to you but also to others, nonsmokers are
Aarskog syndrome is an inherited disease that affects a person's height, muscles, skeleton, genitals, and appearance of the face. Inherited means that
Aase syndrome is a rare disorder that involves anemia and certain joint and skeletal deformities.
A swollen abdomen is when your belly area is bigger than usual.See also: Abdominal girth
Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen (belly) feels full and tight. The abdomen may be visibly swollen (distended).
An abdominal CT scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the belly area. CT stands for computed tomography.See
Abdominal exploration is surgery to examine the contents of the abdomen. Surgery that opens the abdomen is called a laparotomy. Laparotomy may also be
An abdominal mass is swelling in one part of the belly area (abdomen).
An abdominal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the inside of th
Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.See also: Abdomin
Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, a
Abdominal wall surgery is surgery that improves the appearance of flabby, stretched-out abdominal (belly) muscles and skin. It is often called a "tumm
Except for lactation, all nipple discharges are considered abnormal. The nature of the discharge may range in color, consistency, and composition, and
ABO incompatibility is an immune system reaction that occurs when blood from two different and incompatible blood types are mixed together.See also: T
A medical abortion is the use of certain medications to end a pregnancy. The drugs help remove the fetus and placenta from the mother's womb (uterus).
A surgical abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the mother's womb (uterus).There are different types
Absent pulmonary valve is a rare defect in which the pulmonary valve that carries oxygen-poor blood from the heart to the lungs is either missing or p
Achalasia is a disorder of the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach (esophagus), which affects the ability of the esophagus to move fo
Achondrogenesis is a rare type of growth hormone deficiency in which there is a defect in the development of bone and cartilage.
Achondroplasia is a disorder of bone growth that causes the most common type of dwarfism.
Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples or "zits." This includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red, inflammed patches of skin (such as cysts).
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by clogged pores, blackheads, and pimples. The oil glands, or sebaceous glands, are connected to
An acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. This nerve is called the vestibular cochlear nerve. It is
Acoustic trauma is injury to the hearing mechanisms in the inner ear due to very loud noise.
Acrodermatitis is a childhood skin condition that may be accompanied by mild symptoms of fever and malaise. It may also be associated with hepatitis B
Acrodysostosis is an extremely rare disorder that is present at birth (congenital). People with this condition have problems in the bones of the hands
Acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback are all alternative ways to control pain. Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles, slightly t
What is acupuncture?
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the part of the respiratory system that leads into the lungs. There are two types of bronchitis
Acute cerebellar ataxia is sudden, uncoordinated muscle movement due to disease or injury to the cerebellum in the brain.
Acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a condition caused by a member of the herpesvirus family.See also: Mononucleosis
Acute HIV infection is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a virus that gradually destroys the immune system.
DescriptionAn in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of leukemia.Alternative NamesAcute lymphoblastic (or lymphocytic) le
A heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (MI) occurs when one of the arteries that supplies the heart muscle becomes blocked. Blockage may be cau
Acute tubular necrosis is a kidney disorder involving damage to the tubule cells of the kidneys, which can lead to acute kidney failure.
Acute unilateral is a sudden blockage in one of the tubes (ureters) that drain urine from the kidneys.See also:Acute bilateral obstructive uropathyChr
Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. These glands are located between the airway you breathe into through your nose and the back
Adenoids are masses of tissue located high on the rear wall of the throat (pharynx). They are made up of lymphatic tissue, which trap and destroy
Adjustment disorder is an emotional and behavioral reaction that develops within 3 months of a life stress, and which is stronger or greater than what
Adolescent depression is a disorder that affects teenagers. It leads to sadness, discouragement, and a loss of self-worth and interest in their usual
The development of children ages 12 through 18 years old is expected to include predictable physical and mental milestones.
Adolescent pregnancy is pregnancy in girls age 19 or younger.
Proper preparations for a test or procedure can reduce an adolescent's anxiety, encourage cooperation, and help the adolescent develop coping skills.
Triangular-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys. They produce hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenalin), and norepinephrine, as we
Adrenoleukodystrophy describes several closely related inherited disorders that disrupt the breakdown (metabolism) of certain fats (very-long-chain fa
Aerobic exercise gets the heart working to pump blood through the body more quickly and with more force than normal. Breathing quickens so the lun
An age-appropriate diet is one that provides adequate nutrition and is appropriate for a child's state of development.Click here to see a video on chi
Chronic active hepatitis is a liver disease caused by infection, drugs, and metabolic or autoimmune disorders. Necrosis (death) of liver cells, inflam
Aging changes in the skin are a group of common conditions and developments that occur as people grow older.