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symptom

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

Symptom

 

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.

symptom

[′sim·təm]
(medicine)
A phenomenon of physical or mental disorder or disturbance which leads to complaints on the part of the patient.
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Six patients were rated with excellent results (no pain; non-restricted mobility; and normal work and activity levels), five with good results (occasional non-radicular pain; relief of presenting symptoms; modified work activity) and one with poor result (continued objective symptoms of root involvement; additional surgery required).
We've found no objective symptoms of him driving under the influence and no indication he was driving outside of his driver's license restrictions.
The outcomes measured included both subjective symptoms (nasal congestion, nasal drainage, and sneezing) and objective symptoms (nasal resistance).

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