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inflammation of one or more lymph nodes, usually caused by a primary focus of infection elsewhere in the body.
cervical lymphadenitis cervical adenitis.
cervical lymphadenitis, tuberculous tuberculosis of the cervical lymph nodes, formerly called scrofula. Called also tuberculous cervical adenitis.
tuberculous lymphadenitis tuberculosis of lymph nodes, usually either cervical (tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis) or mediastinal. See also scrofuloderma.
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Historic term for cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis.
[L. scrofulae (pl. only), a glandular swelling, scrofula, fr. scrofa, a breeding sow]
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A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.
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Medical history Infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the ‘robber of youth’
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Bovine TUBERCULOSIS of the lymph nodes of the neck, with or without breakdown of the skin. Milk pasteurization and herd control have reduced this once common condition to a negligible incidence in developed countries.
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In little over a month, almost the whole of Scotland was under his control and he was holding court in Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, touching for scrofula and hosting balls for local beauties (several dresses allegedly worn to dances there appear here).
While the Theory resists any definition of life that reduces it to a resistance to sickness or death, the "Essay on Scrofula" asserts that, because disease is "a derangement of some one or all of the primary powers, in the harmony or balance of which the health of the human being consists," it remains wholly incomprehensible without "a distinct conception of life itself" (Works 11, 1:478).
Scrofula and secondary scrofuladerma are no longer common syndromes, but with a growing number of immunocompromised patients, they are an important diagnosis to consider.
It had long been believed in England and France that monarchs had a God-given power to heal by touch a particular form of tuberculosis called scrofula, The monarch hung the perforated coins around the necks of sufferers personally, and it was thought that through talismanic action, the healing power of the King could be transferred to the recipient, who was instructed to continue to wear the coin, being cured if they had enough faith.
we think of it as a lung disease, but in Indonesia we see a lot of lymphadenopathy (scrofula), bone disease, peritoneal TB, and even meningitis that was tuberculous in origin.
She enthusiastically exercised the so-called "king's touch" to cure people suffering from the "king's evil," or scrofula, a painful swelling of the lymph nodes caused by tuberculosis.
Radix Scrophulariae, a traditional Chinese herb medicine derives from the Scrophularia ningpoensis (Xuans hen), has long been used in clinic to treat febrile diseases with impairment of Yin manifested by deep red tongue and dire thirst or with eruptions, constipation due to impairment of body fluid; phtisis with cough, conjunctivitis, sore throat, scrofula, diphteria, boils and sores, internal bleeding (Wagner et al.
According to legend King Edward possessed the miraculous gift of healing through the royal touch, curing subjects of scrofula, the so-called King's Evil, by "Hanging a golden stamp about their necks / Put on with holy prayers," which "healing benediction" he transmitted to "succeeding royalty" including the monarchs under whose authority Shakespeare lived.
Concerned in the 1850s about the death of many Maori from 'Scrofula' (tuberculosis), Morgan was concerned to promote agriculture as a way of producing better food, clothing and housing 'to improve the constitution of the rising generation' (2, p.
His book details the many physical and mental afflictions that beset Johnson: scrofula, partial blindness, neurological disorders, chronic depression, emphysema, a testicular tumor--the soul-crushing list goes on.
Secrest seems to take to heart a remark once overheard by Browning: "Is it possible that genius is only scrofula?"
Scaramelli remembered that as soon as the Scottish king acquired his English crown he had said that, unlike his Tudor predecessors, he would not practise the most significant aspect of English sacral monarchy, the miraculous healing of scrofula by the royal touch, as he did not wish 'to arrogate vainly to himself such virtue and divinity, as to be able to cure diseases by touch alone'.