Alternative Names Abdominal wall biopsy; Biopsy - abdominal wall fat pad Normal Values The fat pad tissues are normal. What abnormal results mean In the case of amyloidosis, abnormal results mean there is amyloid, a protein that deposits in tissues and impairs organ and tissue function.
Alternative Names Peritoneal tap; Paracentesis Normal Values Normally, there should be little or no fluid in the the abdominal space. What abnormal results mean An examination of abdominal fluid may show: Cirrhosis of the liver Damaged bowel Heart disease Infection Kidney disease Pancreatic disease Tumor (cancerous or noncancerous)
It is so easy to forget that arthritis is not the only problem we see with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly when the disease is labeled and named an ARTHRITIS. However, the so-called extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis can cause significant disability, even death. It must not be forgotten that rheumatoid arthritis is a SYSTEMIC disease, the most basic manifestation being malaise and fatigue. But there can also be significant inflammation of a variety of organ systems, particularly in those patients who are rheumatoid factor positive. Such patients also, in general, suffer from more severe arthritis and often have nodules. Rheumatoid nodules develop in about 50% of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and most of these patients are rheumatoid factor positive. Another extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis involving the skin is vasculitis. Sjogren's syndrome can cause dry mouth and dry eyes, common in rheumatoi...
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