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 Rheumatoid Arthritis, ITP, Other
acute interstitial nephritis
- Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) is a condition in which there is damage to the tissue surrounding the filtering unit of the kidney. The damage may result in a sudden decline in the kidney function.
Berger's disease
- Berger's disease is a disorder of unknown cause that results in kidney damage, and may lead to kidney failure.
- Arthritis is the name for irritation in a joint, which often becomes swollen, painful, and stiff.
decreased urination
- Decreased urination is often caused by dehydration, but sometimes it may indicate serious disease.
- The sclera is the white, outer coat of the eye. When this area becomes inflamed, the condition is called scleritis.
peripheral neuropathy
- This is a condition of peripheral nerves in which there is damage to and a decrease in the function of the affected nerves. Damage to the nerves may result in decreased sensation, decreased ability to move, or numbness, or both. There may also be positive symptoms such as pins and needles, tingling or burning.
cold stimulation test for Raynaud's phenomenon
- This test looks for reduced blood flow in the fingers after they are exposed to cold temperatures.
idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
joint aspiration
- Synovial fluid is a liquid found in small amounts within the joints. This liquid is produced by the membrane lining the capsule of a joint, known as the synovial membrane. During a joint aspiration, the synovial fluid is drawn out using a needle, and looked at under a microscope.
autoimmune hepatitis
- Autoimmune hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is one in which a person's immune system attacks his or her own body for unknown reasons.
spleen removal
- Spleen removal, or splenectomy, involves surgically removing the spleen from the body. The spleen produces red blood cells and white blood cells in the body. It also stores blood. The spleen also filters out bacteria and old red blood cells from the blood. It is located to the upper left side of the abdomen, just in front of the stomach.
myasthenia gravis
- Myasthenia gravis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks the muscles and causes weakness. This disorder occurs more frequently in women than men and usually begins between the ages of 20 and 40.
- Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle from any cause.
Sjogren syndrome
- Sjogren syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes a major decrease in lubricating fluids, such as tears and saliva. An autoimmune disorder is one in which the person's body attacks its own tissues, for unknown reasons.
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