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Diseases » Amaurosis fugax » Glossary
 

Glossary for Amaurosis fugax

  • Aortic dissection: A tear in the inner layer of the aorta (major artery in the body) which allows blood to escape into outer layers of the artery.
  • Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries.
  • Circulatory system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the heart and the circulatory system.
  • Eye and vision conditions: Medical conditions affecting the eyes or the vision systems.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Heart symptoms: Symptoms affecting the heart
  • Increased intracranial pressure: Increased pressure inside the skull due to brain swelling or fluid accumulation
  • Migraine: Chronic recurring headaches with or without a preceding aura.
  • Optic neuritis: Optic nerve inflammation
  • Retinal detachment: Partial or total detachment of retina from the back of the eye.
  • Temporal arteritis: Inflamed head artery causing headache.
  • Transient ischaemic attack:
  • Wegener's granulomatosis: A rare disease involving blood vessel inflammation which can affect the blood flow to various tissues and organs and hence cause damage. The respiratory system and the kidneys are the main systems affected.

 

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