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symptom

 [simp´tom]
any indication of disease perceived by the patient.
cardinal s's
1. symptoms of greatest significance to the health care provider, establishing the identity of the illness.
2. the symptoms shown in the temperature, pulse, and respiration.
dissociation symptom anesthesia to pain and to heat and cold, without impairment of tactile sensibility.
objective symptom one perceptible to others than the patient, such as pallor, rapid pulse, rapid respiration, or restlessness.
presenting symptom the symptom or group of symptoms about which the patient complains or from which he seeks relief.
signal symptom a sensation, aura, or other subjective experience indicative of an impending epileptic or other seizure.
subjective symptom one perceptible only to the patient, such as pain, pruritus, or vertigo.
withdrawal s's withdrawal (def. 2).
symptom (omaha) in the omaha system, on the fourth level of the problem classification scheme, the subjective evidence of a client problem as reported by the client or by a significant other; this is closely related to the problem modifier actual. See also sign/symptom.

pre·sent·ing symp·tom

the complaint offered by the patient as the main reason for seeking medical care; usually synonymous with chief complaint.

presenting symptom

See symptom.

pre·sent·ing symp·tom

(prĕ-zenting simptŏm)
Complaint offered by the patient as the main reason for seeking medical care; usually synonymous with chief complaint

pre·sent·ing symp·tom

(prĕ-zenting simptŏm)
Complaint offered by patient as the main reason for seeking dental care; usually synonymous with chief complaint
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It would be helpful if we could know whether the first incidence of optic neuritis was the presenting symptom of MS or NMO," said Ms.
The Hull scheme was paper-based and all claims for payment were accompanied by details of the source of referral, presenting symptom, reason for any referrals to secondary care and outcome.
It is often the presenting symptom of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) with at least 70% of BPH patients complaining of nocturia.
Conclusion: Dysphagia can be the presenting symptom of both dermatomyositis and esophageal cancer.
There are numerous instances in medicine where the presenting symptom has very little connection with the root of the problem.
I think she stopped the medication because of the strong educational programs she has had about the dangers of drugs, but at least some interest in her presenting symptom might have been in order.
Researchers speculated that spontaneous smoking cessation might be a presenting symptom of lung cancer, possibly caused by tumor secretion of a substance interfering with nicotine addiction.
Characteristic itching, mainly on the legs, is the presenting symptom in about 25 per cent of cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Pain (proctalgia) or severe discomfort is the most common presenting symptom (55-60%), followed by a mass or swelling (>28%).
Because no presenting symptom or physical finding is able to rule out clinically important anemia, she suggested that "a low threshold should be maintained for performing a hemoglobin concentration.
Munchausen's syndrome by proxy is a presenting symptom of a more severe underlying psychopathology which hinges on the mother.
Hoarseness is a common presenting symptom in patients referred to the otolaryngology clinic.