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Glossary for Whooping Cough

  • Abdominal Hernia: A protrusion of the intraabdominal contents through a defect in the abdominal wall
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome: Severe respiratory failure
  • Allergies: Immune system over-reaction to various substances.
  • Anoxia: Lack of oxygen to the body's tissues.
  • Apnea: Cessation of breathing. Apnea can be caused by neurological diseases, strangulation, drugs and airway obstruction.
  • Asphyxia: Inability to breath and suffocation
  • Asthma: Repeated attacks of breathing difficulty.
  • Asthma in Adults:
  • Asthma in Children:
  • Atelectasis: Collapse of lung tissue affecting part or all of one lung. Atelectasis may be an acute or chronic condition. In acute atelectasis, the lung has recently collapsed and is primarily notable only for airlessness. In chronic atelectasis, the affected area is often characterized by a complex mixture of airlessness, infection, widening of the bronchi, destruction and scarring.
  • Bacterial diseases: Diseases caused by a bacterial infection
  • Bleeding symptoms: Any type of bleeding symptoms.
  • Bonnemann-Meinecke-Reich syndrome: A rare disorder characterized mainly by growth problems, vision problems and brain disease.
  • Brain damage: Damage to the brain from various causes
  • Breathing difficulty: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Bronchiectasis: Chronic bronchiole dilation from secretions and blockages.
  • Bronchiolitis: Inflammation of the bronchioles.
  • Bronchitis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea and the large and small bronchi within the lungs become inflamed
  • Cerebral hemorrhage: Bleeding in the brain
  • Child health conditions: Any medical conditions typically afflicting children.
  • Choking: Sensation of blockage or inability to breathe.
  • Chronic cough: The chronic noisy sudden expulsion of air from the respiratory tract
  • Cold & Flu:
  • Cold-like symptoms: Symptoms similar to the common cold.
  • Common cold: A cold is a relatively minor contagious infection of the nose and throat that can be caused by a number of different viruses (e.g. rhinoviruses, coronaviruses). There are over 200 different viruses that have the potential to cause the common cold. Although colds can cause discomfort they are not considered a serious condition.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Croup: Respiratory infection with a characteristic cough
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Diseases contagious from droplets: Diseases that can be contracted from droplets
  • Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is defined as an abnormal, permanent enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles accompanied by destruction of their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Encephalitis: Dangerous infection of the brain
  • Flu: Very common viral respiratory infection.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux: Pain from stomach acid coming back up the esophagus
  • Heartburn: Pain from stomach acid coming back up the esophagus
  • Hernia: General term for an organ protruding where it should not.
  • Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar level
  • Inguinal hernia: Protrusion of the intestines out of the groin area.
  • Kwashiorkor: A malnutrition state that is produced by severe protein deficiency
  • Lung damage: COPD is defined as the destruction of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles and their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Lymphocytosis: An abnormal increase in the number of lymphocytes in the blood.
  • Mental retardation -- dysmorphism -- hypogonadism -- diabetes: A very rare syndrome characterized mainly by mental retardation, hypogonadism, diabetes and facial and skull abnormalities.
  • Mild fever: The occurance of a fever but in a mild form
  • Mononucleosis: Common infectious virus.
  • Mouth conditions: Any condition that affects the mouth
  • Nosebleeds: The discharge of blood from the nose
  • Permanent brain damage: A condition which is characterized by damage to the brains function that is permanent in nature
  • Pneumonia: Infection of the lung by bacteria, viruses or fungus.
  • Postnasal drip: Draining of nasal secretions down the back of the throat
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Respiratory syncytial virus: Viral respiratory infection serious in young infants.
  • Retinal detachment: Partial or total detachment of retina from the back of the eye.
  • Rib pain: Pain occurring on or around the ribs.
  • Runny nose: Rhinitis is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of some internal areas of the nose
  • Seizures -- intellectual deficit due to hydroxylysinuria: A rare syndrome characterized by mental retardation, seizures and high levels of hydroxylysine in the urine.
  • Sinusitis: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses.
  • Sudden Infant Death:
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: SIDS is a syndrome marked by the symptoms of sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant aged one month to one year.
  • Syncope: Temporary loss of conciousness or fainting.
  • Tuberculosis: Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.
  • Under-diagnosed conditions: Any medical condition that is undiagnosed
  • Upper Respiratory Infection: Any type of infection of the upper respiratory tract
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases: Any disease that can be prevented by the administration of a vaccine
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus
  • Weight loss: Loss of body weight.
  • Whooping Cough: An infectious condition caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis


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