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swelling

 [swel´ing]
1. transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not due to cell proliferation; see also edema. Called also tumefaction, tumescence, and turgescence.
cloudy swelling a term formerly used for an early stage of toxic degeneration of protein constituents of organs in infectious diseases, when the tissues appear swollen and opaque but revert to normal when the cause is removed.

swell·ing

(swel'ing),
1. An enlargement (for example, a protuberance or tumor).
See also: edema.
2. In embryology, a primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or prominence.
See also: edema.
3. Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process, as in the swelling of glands or fractured extremities.
See also: edema.

swelling

/swell·ing/ (swel´ing)
1. transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not due to cell proliferation.
2. an eminence, or elevation.

cloudy swelling  an early stage of toxic degenerative changes, especially in protein constituents of organs in infectious diseases, in which the tissues appear swollen, parboiled, and opaque but revert to normal when the cause is removed.

swelling

(swĕl′ĭng)
n.
1. The state of being swollen.
2. Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.

swell·ing

(swel'ing)
1. An enlargement, e.g., a protuberance or tumor.
2. embryology A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, prominence, or process.

swell·ing

(swel'ing)
Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process.

swelling,

n one of the cardinal signs of acute inflammation; caused by the exudation of fluid from the capillary vessels into the tissue.
swelling, familial intraosseous,

swelling

1. transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not due to cell proliferation.
2. an eminence, or elevation.

cloudy swelling
a term which has been discarded. It was used to describe an early stage of toxic degenerative changes, especially in protein constituents of organs in infectious diseases, in which the tissues appear swollen, parboiled and opaque but revert to normal when the cause is removed. Called also albuminoid, or albuminous, degeneration.
genital swelling, labioscrotal swelling
in the male embryo overlie the inguinal canal development; in the female shift anteriorly and, in most species, disappear before birth.
laryngeal swelling
eminences which develop lateral to the laryngotracheal groove in the embryo.
scrotal swelling
primordial scrotum.

Patient discussion about swelling

Q. How can we avoid swelling in the legs?

A. it really depends what the cause is- there are 219 different causes, not all of them have the same treatment..you will have to be more specific.
here is a site that helps me a lot, maybe you'll find it useful :)
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/leg_swelling.htm

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?

A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.

Q. can flights cause swelling of the legs? is it normal? is it dangerous? i took a flight from London to N.Y.C a week ago and my ankles looked like two red blimps afterwards and it was painful walking on them later.

A. i think that you got acquainted with my old friend-"Economy class syndrome".. i got it while flying to Australia. this is not normal- this is what happens when a clot of blood forms in your veins (usually legs) and stops blood flow back to the heart. if you already have problems with blood coagulation - your Dr. should have told you to be careful while flying. if not- you got an early call and should check it out. CNN did a story on that, i found you a link:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/ecsyndrome/index.html

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