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Craniosynostosis : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Craniosynostosis : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Premature closure of sutures Definition Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby’s head to close earlier than normal. Sutures are connections that separate each individual skull bones. … Read more

Bullous pemphigoid : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Bullous pemphigoid : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Definition Bullous pemphigoid is a skin disorder characterized by large blisters. Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors The cause is not known, but may be related to immune system disorders. Bullous pemphigoid usually occurs in elderly persons and is rare in … Read more

Bulimia : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Bulimia : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Bulimia nervosa, Binge-purge behavior, Eating disorder – bulimia Definition Bulimia is an illness in which a person binges on food or has regular episodes of significant overeating and feels a loss of control. The affected person then … Read more

Body lice : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Body lice : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Lice – body Definition Body lice are tiny parasites (Pediculus humanus corporis) that spread through close contact with other people. There are three types of lice: Body lice Head lice Pubic lice This article focuses on body … Read more

Blount’s disease : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Blount's disease : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Tibia vara Definition Blount’s disease is a growth disorder of the shin bone (tibia) in which the lower leg turns inward, resembling a bowleg. Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors Blount’s disease occurs in young children and adolescents. … Read more

Blind loop syndrome : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Blind loop syndrome : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Stasis syndrome, Stagnant loop syndrome Definition Blind loop syndrome occurs when part of the intestine becomes bypassed, so that digested food slows or stops moving through the intestines. This causes bacteria to grow too much in the … Read more

Bladder outlet obstruction : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Bladder outlet obstruction : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : BOO, Lower urinary tract obstruction, Prostatism Definition Bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) is a blockage at the base of the bladder that reduces or prevents the flow of urine into the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of … Read more

Beriberi : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Thiamine deficiency, Vitamin B1 deficiency Definition Beriberi is a disease in which the body does not have enough thiamine (vitamin B1). Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors There are two major types of beriberi: Wet beriberi affects the … Read more

Benign positional vertigo : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alternate Names : Vertigo – positional Definition Benign positional vertigo is a condition in which a person develops a sudden sensation of spinning, usually when moving the head. It is the most common cause of vertigo. Overview, Causes, & Risk … Read more

Angioedema: Overview, Causes

Definition Angioedema is a swelling, similar to hives, but the swelling is beneath the skin rather than on the surface. The hives are called welts. It is also possible to have angioedema without hives. See also: Hereditary angioedema Overview, Causes, … Read more