idiopathic disease


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idiopathic

 [id″e-o-path´ik]
self-originated; occurring without known cause.
idiopathic disease one that exists without any connection with any known cause.

id·i·o·path·ic dis·ease

a disease of unknown cause or mechanism.

id·i·o·path·ic dis·ease

(id-ē'ō-path'ik di-zēz')
A disorder of unknown cause or mechanism.
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"Populations of patients with idiopathic disease are readily available," he says.
It is most commonly observed in patients receiving long-term exogenous steroid therapy, but can also be seen in patients with endogenous steroid overproduction, obesity, or idiopathic disease. As hypertrophy of the epidural adipose tissue occurs, it causes a narrowing of the spinal canal resulting in compression of the surrounding neural structures.
Patients with idiopathic disease were also significantly more likely than controls to have a history of chronic kidney disease or failure (5% vs.
While amyloidosis has been considered to be an idiopathic disease, increasing evidence points to an immunocyte-derived etiology.
"For example, mutations in PRSSl, CFTR, SPINK1, and chymotrypsin C genes [now] can be detected in a significant subset of patients previously considered to have idiopathic disease," they said.
(1-4) It is more often associated with the administration of exogenous steroid with variable duration and doses (1,2,4-7) and can also be seen in patients with endogenous steroid overproduction, obesity, or idiopathic disease. (3,6,7) Furthermore, it may occur in some patients in the absence of exposure to steroids but is generally associated with obesity.

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