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Med any sensation or change in bodily function experienced by a patient that is associated with a particular disease



an indication of a phenomenon, for example, of a disease. Many types of symptoms are distinguished in medicine. Constitutional symptoms characterize diseases of varying genesis and include weakness and increases in body temperature. Pathognomonic symptoms indicate a definite nosologic form; a stabbing pain in the epigastric region, for example, is typical of a perforating gastric ulcer. Subjective symptoms are only revealed upon questioning the individual, and objective symptoms are readily observable through examination, palpation, percussion, auscultation, and laboratory and instrumental diagnostic methods. Signal symptoms are the precursors of a disease. They include early symptoms, such as chest pains with pneumonia, and late symptoms, such as peritoneal irritation with cholecystitis.

A disease is said to be atypical if its characteristic symptoms are absent from the very beginning; an example of an atypical disease is the painless form of myocardial infarction. Modern therapeutic measures and protective inoculations can substantially alter the symptoms of a disease and even cause them to disappear. Diagnosis and prognosis are based on a knowledge of all of the symptoms of a disease.


A phenomenon of physical or mental disorder or disturbance which leads to complaints on the part of the patient.
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0 Table 4: Distribution of constitutional symptoms of patients studied Constitutional Number of % symptoms patients (n=65) Nil 45 69.
7] Constitutional symptoms are common, reported in approximately one-third of patients, and include weight loss, fever, fatigue and symptoms mimicking connective tissue disorders.
Constitutional symptoms may precede or accompany skin and mucous membrane lesions (fever, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, malaise).
Also, constitutional symptoms may direct the clinician for an advanced examination with suspicion of malignancy.
Information about constitutional symptoms (fever, fatigue, anorexia and lymphadenopathy), skin, musculoskeletal system, kidney, central nervous system, lung and gastrointestinal tract in the course of disease were collected by medical chart.
Constitutional symptoms (weight loss nausea malaise fatigue fever and Night sweating) in 13.
He said that the illness commonly begins with a sudden rise in temperature accompanied by facial flush and other non-specific constitutional symptoms of dengue fever.
GCA has a typical acute onset of new headache with constitutional symptoms and thickened, tender temporal arteries.
These can be accompanied by constitutional symptoms and mass-effect, such as obstruction or visceral pressure sensation.
Flucloxacillin drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is well recognised, with typical clinical features including marked constitutional symptoms, such as weight loss, diarrhoea, jaundice and intractable pruritus.
Majority of the patients were otherwise healthy adults and constitutional symptoms were present in 8% only.
In this case, whole-body FDG-PET imaging was performed because of the patient's constitutional symptoms in the setting of leukemia.

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