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Glossary for Infective endocarditis

  • Acute rheumatic fever: Bacterial joint infection with risk of heart complications.
  • Anorexia: Any type of appetite loss; often refers to anorexia nervosa
  • Aspergillosis: Infection with a fungus called Aspergillus.
  • Bicuspid aortic valve: A heart defect where the aortic valve has only two leaflets instead of the normal three. The severity of the disorder is variable.
  • Blood clots: Multiple coagulums that are located in the blood stream due to the aggregation of blood factors
  • Brain abscess: Pus accumulating into an abscess on the brain
  • Brucellosis: An infectious disease caused by the Brucella genus which is transmitted from animals to humans.
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chills: Excessive feeling of coldness.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Inadequate pumping and decline of heart function common in the elderly.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Fallot syndrome: A congenital heart disorder consisting of four heart defects - hole between the ventricles (ventricular septal defect), obstruction from right ventricles to the lungs (subpulmonary stenosis), overriding aorta and thickened right ventricle muscle.
  • Fatigue: Excessive tiredness or weakness.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Glomerulonephritis: Kidney disease where the kidney's have problems removing waste material and excessive fluid.
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Hematuria: Blood in the urine
  • Jaundice: Bile or liver problem causing yellowness.
  • Kidney Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the kidneys
  • Lupus: Autoimmune disease with numerous effects on various organs and linings.
  • Malaise: General feelings of discomfort or being ill-at-ease.
  • Meningitis: Dangerous infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Mitral-valve prolapse: A common heart condition that is often harmless.
  • Night sweats: Night sweats is the occurrence of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) during sleep. The sufferer may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake.
  • Poor appetite: Loss or reduction in appetite for food
  • Rheumatic fever: An inflammatory disorder that can occur as a complication of untreated streptococcal bacterial infection such as strep throat or scarlet fever. The condition may affect the brain, skin, heart and joints.
  • Rheumatic heart disease: Chronic heart condition due to heart damage from rheumatic fever
  • Stroke: Serious brain event from bleeding or blood clots.
  • Typhoid fever: Fever from bacterial food poisoning.
  • Vasculitis: Inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel

 

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