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Diseases » POEMS syndrome » Glossary
 

Glossary for POEMS syndrome

  • Edema: Fluid retention in tissues
  • Endocrine system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the endocrine systems, such as the related hormones or glands.
  • Enlarged liver: Swelling of the liver.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes: Where the lymph glands are swollen more than there normal size
  • Hand numbness: Loss of feeling or sensation
  • Hyperpigmentation: Excess skin pigment or coloration
  • Hyperthyroidism: Too much thyroid hormone production.
  • Hypertrichosis: Hypertrichosis is an overgrowth of hair not localized to the androgen-dependent areas of the skin
  • Hypothyroidism: Too little thyroid hormone production.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is the term for damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness.
  • Numbness of both elbows: Numbness of both elbows refers to the loss or reduction of sensation in the elbows.
  • Papilloedema: Oedema that is located at the optic disc
  • Peripheral neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is the term for damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness.
  • Polyneuropathy: Dysfunction and/or damage to neurons, causing a loss of sensory or motor function.
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Swollen spleen: Swelling or enlargement of the spleen

 

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