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clubbing

 [klub´ing]
bulbous swelling of the terminal phalanges of the fingers and toes, giving them a “club” appearance; the normal 160° angle between the nailbed and the digit increases to 180°. It may be an early stage of hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, or it may be without subsequent changes in the long bones. The specific etiology is not known; however, in adults many cases are due to pulmonary disease and resultant hypoxia, and some other cases are due to heart disease, liver disorders, or disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Clubbing can be assessed by having the patient place the nails of the fourth (ring) fingers together while extending the other fingers; a diamond-shaped space between the nails indicates absence of clubbing.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

club·bing

(klŭb'ing),
A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which proliferation of distal soft tissues, especially the nail beds, results in thickening and widening of the extremities of the digits; the nails are abnormally curved, the nail beds excessively compressible, and skin over them red and shiny. See: hippocratic nails.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

clubbing

(klŭb′ĭng)
n.
A condition in which the ends of the fingers and toes are enlarged and the nails are shiny and abnormally curved.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Medspeak The terminal expansion of a relatively short cylindrical object, simulating the tip of a drumstick or a caveman’s club, generally referring to the swelling of the soft tissues of the digits of the hands or feet
Vox populi The social activity of visiting (multiple) nightclubs
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

club·bing

(klŭb'ing)
A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which proliferation of distal tissues, especially the nail beds, results in thickening and widening of the extremities of the digits; the nails are abnormally curved and shiny.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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clubbing

(klub'ing)
An enlarged terminal phalanx of the finger. Excessive growth of the soft tissues of the ends of the fingers gives the fingers a sausage or drumstick appearance when viewed from above, and a beaked appearance when viewed from the side. Increased soft tissue is deposited beneath the cuticle, resulting in a fingertip that is thinner at the distal interphalangeal joint than at the base of the nail. Clubbing may be present in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial fibrosis of the lungs, cyanotic congenital heart disease, carcinoma of the lung, bacterial endocarditis, and many other illnesses. Synonym: clubbed finger; hippocratic finger
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clubbing

See FINGER CLUBBING.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Clubbing

Clubbing is the rounding of the ends and swelling of fingers found in people with lung disease.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Q. When should I use fitness club before work or after or maybe during lunchtime? I am working in a company that was once my dream. I worked very hard to find my dream job and finally I found it. We have all the facilities here including a gym. I spend most of the time at office so I don’t have time to spend in other activities after office hours. So I have planned to make use of my time at my office itself to improve my health too. If I am using our fitness club, then when should I use it before work or after or maybe during lunchtime?

A. Hi Johnson, It’s best that you warm up a little bit before work and after work. You can also use the treadmill and the wave-runner bag for kickboxing that will help you to tone up. Wait till 6pm and then work out using all the amenities that suit your body. Do not overstrain or overdo any of the exercises. It’s good if you do some stretching exercises to warm up and after a workout to relax your muscles.
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The diagnosis of PDP is based on the combination of digital clubbing, periostitis, and pachyderma with the absence of any secondary cause, including cardiopulmonary or endocrine diseases and malignancies.
Due to the presence of severe digital clubbing (Grade 4 as it resembles drumstick appearance) and diffuse long bone periostitis with no apparent secondary cause, the patient was diagnosed to have primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, which is also called pachydermoperiostosis.
It is a syndrome character ised by digital clubbing, swelling of the joints and periostitis of tubular long bones.
Although the prevalences of cirrhosis CHD and exitus were similar in the three groups (pgreater than 0.05 between all) there were progressive and significant increases according to mean painful crises per year digital clubbing COPD leg ulcers stroke CRD and pulmonary hypertension from the first towards the third groups (pless than 0.05 nearly in all steps) (Table-II).
Periostitis is often an early sign of HOA, before the appearance of digital clubbing. (13) Periosteal thickening can be detected on radiographs along the shafts of long and short bones.
Primary HOA or pachydermoperiostosis is a rare hereditary disorder characterized by digital clubbing, subperiosteal new bone formation, acro-osteolysis, hypertrophy of soft tissues and glands, particularly in the face and scalp resulting in wrinkling of skin.
Key words: Digital clubbing, digital subtraction angiography, hypertension, Takayasu arteritis.
INTRODUCTION: Pachydermoperiostosis (PDP) is a primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, characterized by various clinical expressions with the involvement of digital clubbing, pachydermia, seborrhoea, periostosis and arthritis or arthralgia.
The three major criteria are pachydermia, periostosis, and digital clubbing. The minor criteria include seborrhoea with sebaceous hyperplasia, folliculitis, acne, hyperhidrosis, and cutis verticis gyrata.
It is characterized by digital clubbing, pachydermia (thickening of the facial skin and/or scalp), and periostosis (swelling of periarticular tissue and subperiosteal new bone formation).
Recurrent fever, haemoptysis and digital clubbing may also be present.