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PM Vital Signs Vocab

TermDefinition
Electroencephalogram A test that detects electrical activity in your brain
NORSE New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (a continuous epileptic seizure)
Erythropoietin A hormone made in the kidney that stimulates red blood cell production in the bone marrow.
Arrhythmia Improper beating of the heart, whether irregular, too fast, or too slow.
Vertigo The sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning.
Dysphagia Difficulty swallowing and/or the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest.
Achalacia A rare disorder making it difficult for food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
Autotransplant Transplantation of organs or tissues from one part of the body to another in the same person.
Cardiopulmonary Bypass A technique that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery.
Kayser-Fleischer Ring Dark rings that appear to circle the iris of the eye, due to copper deposits.
Risus Sardonicus A facial expression characterized by raised eyebrows and grinning distortion of the face.
Crohn's Disease A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
Perirectal Around the anus and rectum.
Autoimmune A disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.
Colonoscopy An exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum.
Aphasis A language disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate.
Apnea A serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep.
Polysomnogram The test results from a sleep study.
CPAP Continuous positive airway pressure
Concussion A brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body.
Hemoglobin A red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood
Ventriculomegaly When the fluid filled structures (lateral ventricles) in the brain are too large. Also know as hydrocephalus.
Sphincter A ring of muscle surrounding and serving to guard or close an opening or tube, such as the anus or the openings of the stomach.
Syncope Medical term meaning to faint
Pericardial effusion Excess fluid between the heart and the sac surrounding the heart, known as the pericardium.
Tachycardia A heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate. In general, a resting heart rate over 100 beats per minute in adults
Defibrillator A treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias,
Created by: cmerrigan