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Sarcoidosis

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Sarcoidosis – Definition

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that may affect many different parts of the body. Small round spots, called granulomas, form in various organs. The spots hinder normal functioning of those organs.

The lungs are the most commonly affected organs. Granulomas in the lung leave less space for the air exchange that needs to take place. This can cause the lungs to stiffen. Other commonly affected organs are the skin, eyes, liver, and lymph nodes. Rarely, the brain may be affected.

Toxic Shock Syndrome – TSS

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Total body conditions

Toxic Shock Syndrome – Definition

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) refers to a combination of symptoms that results from toxins produced by an infection with either Staphylococcus aureus or group A Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. The disease can progress rapidly, causing failure of multiple body systems. Toxic shock syndrome can be fatal. There are two types of the disease:

  • Menstrual type (associated with menstruation and tampon use) — The number of tampon-associated cases has decreased since the 1980s. Women have become more aware of the danger and modified their use of tampons. In addition, a highly absorbent type of tampon was removed from the market. Doctors are not sure what role tampons play in the disease. Absorbent tampons may cause dryness and breaks in the lining of the vagina.
  • Nonmenstrual type (sometimes associated with a wound) — It can occur in men, women, and children.

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Total body conditions

(Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma; Angiosarcoma; Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans; Desmoid Sarcoma; Fibrosarcoma; Leiomyosarcoma; Liposarcoma; Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma; Lymphoma (lymphosarcoma); Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor; Rhabdomyosarcoma; Synovial Sarcoma)

Soft Tissue Sarcoma – Definition

Soft tissue sarcoma is a disease in which cancer cells are found in soft tissue in the body. Soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, connective tissue, fat, blood vessels, nerves, and synovial (joint) tissue.

There are many types of soft tissue sarcoma, including: alveolar soft part sarcoma, angiosarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, desmoid sarcoma, fibrosarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, lymphoma (lymphosarcoma), malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma, and synovial sarcoma. Treatment will differ depending on the type of cancer and the location and size of the tumor.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Total body conditions

(Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome; Secondary Sjogren’s Syndrome)

Sjogren’s Syndrome – Definition

Sjogren’s syndrome is an inflammatory disease. The immune system destroys cells in exocrine glands. It occurs most often the tear and salivary glands. It is a lifelong condition. There are two types:

  • Primary Sjogren’s syndrome — occurs alone
  • Secondary Sjogren’s syndrome — occurs with other rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)

Scleroderma

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Arm conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Skin arm conditions, Skin conditions, Skin conditions on legs, Total body conditions

(Systemic Sclerosis)

Scleroderma – Definition

Scleroderma is a rare disease of the connective tissue. It can cause the tissue in skin, joints, and internal organs to thicken and stiffen. There are three major forms of the disease:

  • Localized scleroderma (also known as morphea) — usually affects only the skin in isolated parts of the body. This form is less serious.
  • Systemic scleroderma — affects widespread areas of skin and/or internal organs, most often the lungs (Certain categories of this form of scleroderma are more serious and can be fatal.)
  • Overlap syndrome — may involve features of scleroderma and features of other autoimmune syndromes