When the immune system's reaction to an infection injures the tissues of the body far from the original infection, it means that that person has a potentially life-threatening condition known as sepsis.
Sepsis could affect the function of the organs if it progresses, ultimately leading to septic shock, which is a drop in blood pressure that could be fatal.
People who are most at risk of developing sepsis ... more
Most commonly associated with the virus that causes mumps, orchitis is the condition in which one or both of the testicles become inflamed. This condition is developed in at least one-third of males contracting mumps after puberty. Usually, other causes of orchitis include bacterial, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia.
Bacterial orchitis is usually caused by epididymitis, which is ... more
One of the most common reasons people call for emergency medical help is chest pain, which can come suddenly at any time. Though it may be scary, but chest pain usually doesn’t have anything to do with a heart problem. Emergency room doctors evaluate and treat millions of people for chest pain every year.
The problem may still be important, and worth the time spent in an emergency room for evaluation, even if the chest pain has ... more
The chronic eye disease that is marked by the deterioration of tissue in the part of the eye that's responsible for central vision is age-related macular degeneration. Blurred central vision or a blind spot may be caused in the center of the visual field because the macula gradually deteriorates in this condition. Adults age 50 and older may be affected by macular degeneration.
When new blood vessels grow and leak fluid ... more
The spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week is called miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn't developing normally. About 10 to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that the woman doesn’t even know that she’s pregnant, the actual number may be much higher.
That miscarriage is a relatively common experience doesn't ... more
Sometimes, when food is eaten too fast or isn’t chewed enough, a person may experience difficulty swallowing, a condition called dysphagia. But when a person is experiencing persistent dysphagia, there might be a serious medical condition where treatment might be needed. It’ll take more time and effort to move food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach when someone has dysphagia. Pain may also be associated with dysphagia and ... more