A disease, condition, or trait that developed because of being exposed to something during your life.
The events that lead to the development of a disease and the signs and symptoms that occur as the disease progresses.
x-rays that utilize a contrast media to increase the radiodensity of selected fluids within the body, producing an image of the structures containing the fluid.
A visual recording of differences in the rate of return & intensity of sound waves reflected off of objects within the body.
A recording of the electrical activity of the brain, most often recording the cerebral cortex.
Any procedure used to measure a persons ability to move air or the capacities of the respiratory system. Often referred to as PFT (Pulmonary function tests)
The use of chemicals to kill cells within the body. Two main types of chemotherapy are used=to kill cancer cells or microorganisms.
Any form of treatment that relieves signs & symptoms without curing a disease. May include the use of medication (*such as decongestant or pain reliever), therapeutic massage, counseling, physical therapy, othotic devices.
A consequence of a previous disease. (Example: Rheumatic heart disease sometimes occurs following a strep infection)
A morbid process or event ocurring during a disease that is not an essential part of the disease, although it amy result from it. (Example: Blindness is a complicaiton often associated with diabetes)
The transfer of a harmful amount of energy. The energy may be mechanical, electical, radiation, or thermal
Growth of cells and tissue into new areas, resulting in a tumor. May be benign or maligment.
A protective response of tissue to injury or infection. Causes an increase in blood flow and pain in the affected region, as well as leukocytosis.
An increase in the number of white blood cells to more than 10,000 per mm3. A WBC count of 15,000 -25,000 commonly occurs as a result of infection, inflammation or hemorrhage.
The excess fluid that accumulates at the site of inflammation. Contains a high level of proteins and neutrophils when compared to normal tissue fluid
A thick, creamy white or yellow fluid that accumulates at the site of inflammation. Also called pus.
Replacing damaged tissue through the process of mitosis, restoring the tissue to its original condition.
The over production of scar tissue that sometimes occurs in the dermis and subcutaneous layer and results in a mass of scar tissue hat is often tender or painful.
The shortening of scar tissue over time or the shortening of muscle tissue as a result of fibrotic changes.
The narrowing of any canal or opening, such as the intestine, a blood vessel, of a heart valve.
The process of hardening. Can occur as the result of scar formation or the accumulation of deposits known as plaques.
An early stage in the development of a disease or infection that is characterized by a lack of appetite an lack of energy. The time when a person feels as if they are "Coming down with something."
A severe, systemic allergic response that is characterized by vasodilation (which causes a severe drop in blood pressure) and bronchoconstriction (resulting in severe difficulty in breathing).
The immune system's ability to recognize and not attack normally occurring tissues with the body.
The development of an infection from the time the infectious organism enters the body unil the appearance of the first clinical signs and symptoms.
Proteins produced by tumor cells that can be detected in screening tests of the person's blood.