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Glossary for Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome

  • Anemia: Reduced ability of blood to carry oxygen from various possible causes.
  • Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia: Autoimmune disorder causing a lack of blood platelets.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Blood conditions: Conditions that affect the blood
  • Cataracts: Cloudy areas on the eye's cornea interfering with vision.
  • Diabetes: Failing or reduced ability of the body to handle sugars.
  • Enlarged liver: Swelling of the liver.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes: Where the lymph glands are swollen more than there normal size
  • Eosinophilia: This is when there is an abnormal increase in the eosinophils in the blood
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • Hemolytic anemia: Hemolytic anemia is a term used to describe the premature desctruction of red blood cells. Red blood cells are normally broken down every 3-4 months and replaced but in haemolytic anemia the red blood cells are broken down at a faster rate than they can be replenished. The causes are numerous and the severity ranges considerably. Severe cases can lead to death.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells, usually white blood cells.
  • Lymphatic system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the lymphatic system including lymph nodes and lymphatic circulation.
  • Mood swings: Excessive and exaggerated alterations in mood.
  • Neutropenia: Reduced number of granulocytes in the blood
  • Nosebleeds: The discharge of blood from the nose
  • Opportunistic infections: Is defined as an infection that occurs due to an organism that does not usually cause disease but becomes pathogenic under certain conditions
  • Osteoporosis: Bone thinning and weakening from bone calcium depletion.
  • Poor healing: When a wound takes a prolonged time to heal
  • Rash: General name for any type of skin inflammation.
  • Swollen spleen: Swelling or enlargement of the spleen
  • Thrombocytopenia: Decreased platelets in the blood
  • Weight Gain: An increase in weight for any reason.

 

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