What is syndrome?

  • (noun): A complex of concurrent things.
    Example: "Every word has a syndrome of meanings"
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In medicine and psychology, a syndrome is the association of several clinically recognizable features, signs (observed by someone other than the patient), symptoms (reported by the patient), phenomena or characteristics that often occur together, so that the presence of one or more features alerts the healthcare provider to the possible presence of the others. In recent decades, the term has been used outside medicine to refer to a combination of phenomena seen in association.

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Heyde's Syndrome
... Heyde's syndrome is a syndrome of aortic valve stenosis associated with gastrointestinal bleeding from colonic angiodysplasia ...
Heterochromia Iridum - Classification - Congenital Heterochromia - Abnormal Iris Darker
... melanocytosis (nevus of Ota) Pigment dispersion syndrome – a condition characterized by loss of pigmentation from the posterior iris surface which is disseminated ... Sturge-Weber syndrome – a syndrome characterized by a port-wine stain nevus in the distribution of the trigeminal nerve, ipsilateral leptomeningeal angiomas (leptomanin ...
Treatment - Chronic Compartment Syndrome
... Chronic compartment syndrome in the lower leg can be treated conservatively or surgically ... Elevation of the affected limb in patients with compartment syndrome is contraindicated, as this leads to decreased vascular perfusion of the affected region ... Left untreated, chronic compartment syndrome can develop into the acute syndrome ...
Treatment - Subacute Compartment Syndrome
... Subacute compartment syndrome, while not quite as much of an emergency, usually requires urgent surgical treatment similar to acute compartment syndrome ...
Compartment Syndrome
... Compartment syndrome is a limb threatening and life threatening condition, defined as the compression of nerves, blood vessels, and muscle inside a closed space (compartment) within the body ... Compartment syndrome most often involves the forearm and lower leg, and can be divided into acute, subacute, and chronic compartment syndrome ... An alternative definition of compartment syndrome, according to Rankin, is characterized by pressure within a closed space thus compromising the circulation and function of tissues in that space (Rank ...

More definitions of "syndrome":

  • (noun): A pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease.

Famous quotes containing the word syndrome:

    [T]he syndrome known as life is too diffuse to admit of palliation. For every symptom that is eased, another is made worse. The horse leech’s daughter is a closed system. Her quantum of wantum cannot vary.
    Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

    Women are taught that their main goal in life is to serve others—first men, and later, children. This prescription leads to enormous problems, for it is supposed to be carried out as if women did not have needs of their own, as if one could serve others without simultaneously attending to one’s own interests and desires. Carried to its “perfection,” it produces the martyr syndrome or the smothering wife and mother.
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century)