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  Appendicitis



Appendicitis

    Inflammation of the appendix.

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Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Appendix
A finger-like appendage near the junction of the large intestine and the small intestine.



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Appendectomy
Surgical removal of the appendix.

Appendiceal
Relating to the appendix. As, for example, an appendiceal abscess. Perforation of the appendix can lead to a periappendiceal abscess or diffuse peritonitis (infection of the entire lining of the abdomen and the pelvis).

Appendiceal cancer
See: Appendix cancer.

Appendiceal perforation
Rupture of appendix.

Appendiceal rupture
Rupture of appendix.

Appendix
A finger-like appendage near the junction of the large intestine and the small intestine.

Appendix cancer
A malignancy of the appendix, accounting for about 1 in 200 of all gastrointestinal malignancies. Although unusual, cancer of the appendix can range in type. The most common type of appendiceal cancer is carcinoid tumor with adenocarcinoma next. Tumors of the appendix often present with peritoneal seeding of the malignant cells. Advances in treatment have raised survival rates to about 80%.

Appendix epididymis
A small cystic projection from the surface of the epididymis which represents a remnant the embryologic mesonephros.

Appendix epiploica
A finger-like projection of fat attached to the colon.

Appendix perforation
Rupture of appendix.

Appendix rupture
Rupture of appendix.

Appendix testis
A small solid projection of tissue on the outer surface of the testis which is a remnant of the embryologic mullerian duct.

Apperception
Perception as modified and enhanced by one's own emotions, memories, and biases.



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An antibody to a toxin.

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Autolysis
Self-dissolution.

Abreaction
An emotional release or discharge after recalling a painful experience that has been repressed because it was not consciously tolerable. Often the release is surprising to the individual experiencing it because of it's intensity and the circumstances surrounding its onset. A therapeutic effect sometimes occurs through partial or repeated discharge of the painful affect.

Abstract attitude
Categorical attitude. This is a type of thinking that includes voluntarily shifting one's mind set from a specific aspect of a situation to the general aspect; It involves keeping in mind different simultaneous aspects of a situation while grasping the essentials of the situation. It can involve breaking a situation down into its parts and isolating them voluntarily; planning ahead ideationally; and/or thinking or performing symbolically. A characteristic of many psychiatric disorders is the person's inability to assume the abstract attitude or to shift readily from the concrete to the abstract and back again as demanded by circumstances.

Abulia
A lack of will or motivation which is often expressed as inability to make decisions or set goals. Often, the reduction in impulse to action and thought is coupled with an indifference or lack of concern about the consequences of action.

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