To kick off Scleroderma Awareness Month , twenty-four athletes will swim, bike and run to spread awareness about scleroderma and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on June 5, 2011.
What is scleroderma?
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune rheumatic disease in which the body attacks its own connective tissue. It is often, but not necessarily, progressive and can range from very mild to life-threatening. Scleroderma is a disease which causes a thickening, tightening or hardening of the skin and internal organs. It can cause serious damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract of patients living with the disease.
The term scleroderma comes from the Greek - “sclero” meaning hard and “derma” meaning skin. There are two main types of scleroderma - localized and systemic. Localized scleroderma can be morphea or linear. Systemic scleroderma (SSc) can ...
It's cold and flu season again and, unfortunately, most school-aged children will also have some kind of stomach virus this time of year. If you have a child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) this time of year can be especially tough. Symptoms of a stomach virus may mimic symptoms of IBD , making it hard to determine what exactly is going on with your child. Below are some ways to distinguish between a potential flare up of your child's IBD and a basic stomach bug. If your child has any symptoms, call their GI doctor to report them. Timing of Onset. Most flare ups of IBD symptoms occur more gradually than the onset of a stomach bug, which is often quick and out of the blue. Length of Illness. IBD symptoms can last for weeks at a time or wax and wane over months. The average virus that causes a stomach bug should run its course within 7-10 days. If your child is sick longer than 10 days your child's physician might suspect an IBD flare up . Fever. In most ...
Definition Hirschsprung's disease is a blockage of the large intestine due to improper muscle movement in the bowel. It is a congenital condition, which means it is present from birth. Alternative Names Congenital megacolon Causes, incidence, and risk factors Muscle contractions in the gut help digested materials move through the intestine. This is called peristalsis. Nerves in between the muscle layers trigger the contractions. In Hirschsprung's disease, the nerves are missing from a part of the bowel. Areas without such nerves cannot push material through. This causes a blockage. Intestinal contents build up behind the blockage, causing the bowel and abdomen to become swollen. Hirschsprung's disease causes about 25% of all newborn intestinal blockages. It occurs five times more often in males than in females. Hirschsprung's disease is sometimes associated with other inherited or congenital conditions, such as Down syndrome.
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