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congestion

 [kon-jes´chun]
abnormal accumulation of fluid, usually blood, in a body part, organ, or area.

con·ges·tion

(kon-jes'chŭn), This word does not refer to the presence of excessive mucous secretions in respiratory passages. Nasal and tracheobronchial congestion is due to vascular engorgement, usually induced by inflammation.
Presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in the vessels or passages of a part or organ; especially, used of blood due to either increased influx or to an obstruction to outflow.
See also: hyperemia.
[L. congestio, a bringing together, a heap, fr. con-gero, pp. -gestus, to bring together]

congestion

/con·ges·tion/ (kon-jes´chun) abnormal accumulation of blood in a part.conges´tive
hypostatic congestion  congestion of a dependent part of the body or an organ due to gravitational forces, as in venous insufficiency.
passive congestion  that due to lack of vital power or to obstruction of escape of blood from the part.
pulmonary congestion  engorgement of pulmonary vessels with transudation of fluid into the alveolar and interstitial spaces, seen in cardiac disease, infections, and certain injuries.
venous congestion  passive c.

congestion

[kənjes′chən]
Etymology: L, congerere, to accumulate
an abnormal accumulation of fluid in an organ or body area. The fluid is often mucus, but it may be bile or blood.

splenomegaly

Enlarged spleen Enlargement of spleen for any reason, which is usually a manifestation of underlying disease; the only specific finding in splenomegaly is dragging sensation in the upper right quadrant; megalic spleens may reach 4.0+ kg–eg, in agnogenic myeloid metaplasia
Splenomegaly
Congestion Cirrhosis, CHF, thrombosis of portal or splenic veins
Infection
• Bacteria Brucellosis, infective carditis agents, syphilis, TB, typhoid fever
• Fungi Histoplasmosis
• Parasites Echinococcosis, leishmaniasis, malaria, schistosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis
• Viruses CMV, EBV
Inflammatory/immune-related Rheumatoid arthritis, SLE
Hematopoietic disease/Lymphoid function
• Malignant Leukemias, eg ALL, CLL, myeloproliferative disorders–eg agnogenic myeloid metaplasia, CML, multiple myeloma, polycythemia vera; lymphomas–Hodgkin's disease, NHL
• Nonmalignant Hemolytic anemia, histiocytosis, ITP
Storage diseases Gaucher's disease, mucopolysaccharidosis, Niemann-Pick disease
Etc Amyloidosis, cysts, hypersplenism, metastases, primary tumors

con·ges·tion

(kŏn-jes'chŭn)
Presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in the vessels or passages of a part or organ; especially, of blood due either to increased influx or to an obstruction to the return flow.
See also: hyperemia
[L. congestio, a bringing together, a heap, fr. con-gero, pp. -gestus, to bring together]

congestion

An abnormal collection of fluid, often blood, causing engorgement in an organ or part. Congestion is the result of some other disease process, such as infection or HEART FAILURE, and will usually settle when the cause is removed.

con·ges·tion

(kŏn-jes'chŭn)
Presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in the vessels or passages of a part or organ; especially, used of blood due to either increased influx or to an obstruction to outflow.
[L. congestio, a bringing together, a heap, fr. con-gero, pp. -gestus, to bring together]

congestion,

congestion

abnormal accumulation of blood in a part.

pulmonary congestion
see pulmonary congestion.
udder congestion
see udder edema.

Patient discussion about congestion

Q. What Is the Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure? My mother is 76 years ols and has been suffering from a heart disease for many years. Lately she has developed congestive heart failure. How is this situation treated?

A. In addition to everything else, she might try CoQ10, a supplement available at most nutrition stores.

"Congestive heart failure has been strongly correlated with significantly low blood and tissue levels of CoQ10 ....

[In numerous studies] treatment with CoQ10 significantly improved heart muscle function while producing no adverse effects or drug interactions."

http://faculty.washington.edu/ely/coenzq10.html

Q. congestive heart failure how it works is it to do with fluid built up in your body

A. Congestive heart failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The "failing" heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should. People with heart failure can't exert themselves because they become short of breath and tired.
As blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up, causing congestion in the tissues. Often swelling (edema) results. Most often there's swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can happen in other parts of the body, too. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath, especially when a person is lying down.
Heart failure also affects the kidneys' ability to dispose of sodium and water. The retained water increases the edema.

Q. describe the symptoms of congestive heart failure

A. From my own expierience, EM24 gave an accurate answer. My edema also affects my hands as well as ankles. I was given a Xopenex HFA inhaler to use if lungs are affected.

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