Crohn’s Disease Complications

What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s disease is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and irritation in your digestive tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s affects your small intestine and the beginning of your large intestine. However, the disease can affect any part of...

Appendicitis Pathophysiology

What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis is the leading cause of emergency abdominal operations.1   What is the appendix? The appendix is a fingerlike pouch attached to the large intestine in the lower right area of the abdomen,...

Shingles Complications

About Shingles Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash forms blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clear up within 2 to 4 weeks. Most commonly, the rash occurs in a single stripe around either the left or the...

Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a large vein, usually in the leg or pelvis. Sometimes a DVT detaches from the site of formation and becomes mobile in the blood stream. If the circulating clot moves through the heart to the lungs it can block an artery...

Multiple Sclerosis Other Treatments

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches December 2015 Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) use complementary health approaches to help reduce relapses or relieve symptoms, such as pain, muscle spasticity, fatigue, cognition and depression. Some mind...

Multiple Sclerosis Summary

History Multiple sclerosis (MS) was first recognized in the late 1800s, but did not begin to be understood until the 1960s. The late 1960s was the time researchers began to correlate the inflammation process with the breakdown of the myelin sheath (a protective...