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AM Vital Signs Vocab

TermDefinition
Scleroderma Chronic connective tissue disorder (hardening of the skin)
Anemic A condition where blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin.
Aneurysm When part of an artery wall weakens, allowing it to widen abnormally or balloon out.
Thrombosis A condition when blood clots block your blood vessels
Pulmonary Embolism A sudden blockage in a lung artery.
Syncope Medical term meaning to faint
Bradycardia A slower than normal heart beat (normal 60 - 100 bpm)
Heparin An anticoagulant. Used to decrease the clotting ability of the blood
Chyluria Lymph fluid and fats in the urine (chyl - lymph uria - urine)
NORSE New onset refractory status epileptic us (a continuous epileptic seizure)
Plasmapheresis A process in which the plasma part of the blood is separated from the blood cells.
Peritonitis Inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall and covering the abdominal organs.
Diverticulitis An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract.
Colostomy An opening in the large intestine, or the surgical procedure that creates one.
Kayser-Fleischer Rings Dark rings that appear to circle the iris of the eye. They are due to copper deposition in part of the cornea.
Copperiedus Type of metal poisoning caused by an excess of copper in the body
Biopsy A procedure to remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from your body so that it can be analyzed in a laboratory.
Cyanosis Refers to a bluish cast to the skin and mucous membranes
Ventricle A cavity of a bodily part or organ
Posterior Fossa Small space in the skull found near the brain stem and cerebellum
Erythropoetin Hormone made in the kidney that stimulates red blood cell production in the bone marrow.
Hemoglobin A red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood
Hypoxia A condition where not enough oxygen makes it to the cells and tissues in the body.
Hyperbaric Chamber A medical treatment where the patient is placed in a enclosed chamber and atmospheric pressure can be controlled
Endometriosis A disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus
Lupus An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
Abscess A confined pocket of pus that collects in tissues, organs, or spaces inside the body.
Pertussis also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.
Anaphylactic shock A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction
Cardiac Tamponade Compression of the heart caused by fluid collecting in the sac surrounding the heart.
Pericardial effusion Is excess fluid between the heart and the pericardium surrounding the heart
Myocarditis Inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall.
Pericardium A double walled membrane sac that contains the heart
Cheyne stroke An abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by progressively deeper, and sometimes faster, breathing followed by a gradual decrease that results in a temporary stop in breathing called an apnea.
Created by: cmerrigan