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, abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body tissues or in the body cavities causing swelling or distention of the affected parts. Edema of the ankles and lower legs (in ambulatory patients) is characteristic of congestive heart failure, but it can accompany other
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the accumulation of fluid (transudate) in the cavities, tissues, organs, joints, and membranes of the human body owing to intensified transudation of the liquid parts of the blood and lymph at the same time that they are insufficiently reabsorbed by the tissues. Dropsy may be caused by such conditions as cardiovascular diseases, tumors, renal disorders, malnutrition, and some types of poisoning. Dropsy may be local, general, or pseudo. Local dropsy generally develops when the veins in some part of the body become compressed. For example, obstruction or compression of the portal or femoral vein causes abdominal dropsy (ascites) or edema of the lower limb. Compression of the corresponding veins may give rise to thoracic dropsy (hydrothorax), dropsy of the testis (hydrocele), and other types. General dropsy may be caused by certain diseases. Thus, in heart disease, fluid accumulates in the lower parts of the body (cardiac edema). The edemas related to kidney disease, as well as starvation edemas, are formed evenly throughout the subcutaneous tissue (primarily in places with very loose subcutaneous tissue such as the eyelids and scrotum). Edematous skin is pale, smooth, dry, and shiny; in cardiac edemas it is bluish because of venous congestion. Indentations in the skin are produced by finger pressure. Pseudo dropsy is the name of the accumulation of fluid in the glandular or secretory cavities when their efferent ducts are blocked, for example, renal and uterine tube dropsy. Treatment involves the removal of the basic cause of dropsy.




Pathol a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
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In conclusion, irrespective of cause for dropsy of fetal membranes needs termination of pregnancy as a therapy, so consequences of this condition i.
Epidemic dropsy has been reported from time to time in various parts of India.
Dropsy cases were well-represented in the Rampart scandal.
I had the communal dropsy for a day and then I got the herpetology and then I claimed the strange liquors and slathered myself upon the lathe and then I got another disease called the blue coagulus.
Nohrnberg explores cantos XXIX-XXX of Dante's Inferno to conclude that greed and frivolous consumption result in society's physical, spiritual, and moral disfigurement as evidenced by leprosy, dropsy, and rabies.
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Its general and traditional uses include: (i) Ornamental, (ii) social use in: religion and, superstitions (iii) Food uses include: sauce ingredients and spice and (iv) Medicinal application in diseases such as: arthritis, rheumatism, dropsy, swellings, oedema, gout and pain-killers [7].
These chants may not be familiar to you, each district had their own variations, but you may remember similar ones like this popular skipping chant: 1,2,3 O'Leary, 4,5,6 O'Leary, 7,8,9 O'Leary, 10 O'Leary, 11 O'Leary 1,2,3 upsy, 5,4,6 upsy, 7,8,9 upsy, 10 upsy, 11 upsy, 123 a dropsy, 456 a dropsy etc 123 a stouncy, 456 etc 123 a pearl-a-pecker etc Sometimes depending on whereabouts you were from, O'Leary would be pronounced O'Laira but there were any number of versions of the same chant.
Even a single plant part could be used for treatment of multiple ailments; for instance, the tubers of Lasia spinosa were used for blood purification, rheumatoid arthritis, encysted dropsy (abnormal collection of serous fluid in any sac or cyst), and eczema.
It is also used as remedy for narcotic poisons, convulsions, dyspeptic complaints and dropsy.
One anonymous writer supposed that their wholesome way of life freed them from "those indispositions our Luxury brings upon us," such as "gout, dropsy [edema], or gravel [kidney stones].
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