Causes of Gastric Outlet Obstruction

Pyloric stenosis or gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) refers to any condition that mechanically impairs the normal emptying of the stomach into the small intestine. It is caused by the muscles of the pyloric sphincter becoming enlarged and blocking the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine. In children, the condition is commonly caused by…

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Crush Syndrome Symptoms and Treatments

Crush Syndrome is the unseen enemy that can develop in the body of a trauma survivor, hours to days, after being freed from a collapsed building or pulled from a piece of wreckage. It is due to complications from crushing injuries that can result in restricted oxygen flow, buildup of toxins due to muscle deterioration…

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Symptoms and Treatment of a Chancre

Chancres, not to be confused with the similarly worded canker, are small sores, skin lesions, or ulcers that occur on the genitals after infection by a sexually transmitted disease. There are actually two diseases that manifest chancres, the first being the infection chancroid and the second being the primary stage of syphilis. There are several…

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Symptoms and Treatment of Oral Chlamydia

Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterium that infects human cells and is an intracellular parasite. As Chlamydia multiplies within, the host-cell may be destroyed, releasing bacteria that will subsequently enter other cells, thus ensuring the reprise of the cycle and the spreading of infection from one cell to another. Chlamydia is one of the most common…

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Hypervigilance and Anxiety

Hypervigilance is directly related to one’s level anxiety as it is an abnormally anxious response to stimuli. As one of the key diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) hypervigilance refers to the continuous scanning of one’s environment for possible threats; the mind and body instinctively remaining alert to any additional potential threats that…

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Diagnosis Treatment and Symptoms of Autophobia

What exactly is autophobia? No, it is not a fear of automobiles, it is much more serious than that. Autophobia is an anxiety-related disorder whose sufferers have an abnormal and persistent fear of loneliness and of being alone. With many anxiety disorders it is the persistence of the symptoms that can cause the sufferer to…

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What is ICU Psychosis

ICU psychosis is a recognized complication following being admitted to an ICU usually for treating life threatening medical conditions or following undergoing major surgeries and traumatic injuries. It usually resolves itself after being discharged from the ICU although the symptoms that culminate towards defining a person as suffering from ICU psychosis could make matters worse…

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AMS Medical Abbreviation

Medical abbreviations offer convenience by shortening long medical terms into acronyms but sometimes it can be confusing and difficult to understand. AMS, one of those medical terminology abbreviations that have multiple meanings, does exactly have several meanings in the medical field. Let’s go on finding out AMS medical abbreviation on this article. What Does AMS…

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Phenylketonurics Dangers of Phenylalanine

You may have seen the warning on the label of a diet soda: Phenylketonurics – contains phenylalanine? Phenylketonurics, referring to people with Phenylketonuria (PKU) which is a genetic disease that affects the metabolism of the amino acid, phenylalanine. The condition inherits as an autosomal recessive condition or a condition which manifests only when both parents…

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Seroma: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

Seroma is a condition in which fluid seeping out from the damaged blood vessels accumulates in tissue spaces created by a surgical procedure or else following trauma to a susceptible area. The condition is the commonest post operative complication following mastectomy procedures and it can manifest in other surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty, lymph node…

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