Sausage Fingers (Dactylitis): Symptoms | Causes | Treatments

Dactylitis: ‘Sausage Fingers’ What is dactylitis or “sausage fingers?” Dactylitis is severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints. The puffy nature of the inflammation can make your digits look like sausages. Severe dactylitis can make your fingers so rigid that you can no longer make a fist. What are the symptoms of dactylitis? The …

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Babinski Sign

Babinski Sign

Babinski Sign What is the Babinski reflex? The Babinski reflex, or plantar reflex, is afoot reflex that happens naturally in babies and young children until they’re about 6 months to 2 years old. This reflex is usually tested by doctors by stroking the sole of the foot. When the big toe bends up and back …

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Understanding Scattered Fibroglandular Breast Tissue

What Does It Mean to Have Scattered Fibroglandular Breast Tissue? What is scattered fibroglandular breast tissue? Scattered fibroglandular tissue refers to the density and composition of your breasts. A woman with scattered fibroglandular breast tissue has breasts made up mostly of non-dense tissue with some areas of dense tissue. About 40 percent of women have this type …

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Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis

Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis: Symptoms | Causes | Treatment

What You Need to Know about Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis What is leukocytoclastic vasculitis? Leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV) refers to small blood vessel inflammation. It’s also known as hypersensitivity vasculitis and hypersensitivity angiitis. The word “leukocytoclastic” comes from leukocytoclasia, a process where neutrophils (immune cells) break down and release debris. “Vasculitis” means inflammation of the blood vessels. When people use the term …

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Panniculectomy: Procedure | Recovery | Complications

Panniculectomy What is a panniculectomy? A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the pannus — excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. This excess skin is sometimes referred to as an “apron.” Unlike a tummy tuck, the panniculectomy does not tighten the abdominal muscles for a more cosmetic appearance, disqualifying it as a cosmetic procedure. However, removing …

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