Pancreatic cysts are abnormal pockets of fluid, which have the shape of sacs, located on or within the pancreas. The cysts might be somehow disturbing for patients, but they should be reassured that these cysts are not cancerous; they even do not lead to symptoms in most cases.
Despite the name, many pancreatic cysts aren't considered real cysts. That is because the cells of these pockets of fluids do not fall in the same ... more
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder related to fear, in which a person fears being in places where it may be difficult or embarrassing to get out quickly, or where they may have a panic attack and can't get help. Because of this, a person with agoraphobia avoids places where they think they may have a panic attack or panic-like symptoms.
Commonly feared places and situations are elevators, lines, driving, airplanes, ... more
When the uterus descends from its normal position in the pelvis farther down into the vagina, it is a condition called uterine prolapse. In normal cases, the muscles and ligaments that make up the pelvic floor hold the uterus in its place. However, when these ligaments and muscles become stretched and weakened, they won't provide an adequate support for the uterus. This will cause the uterus to descend into the vaginal canal. In most ... more
A group of inherited disorders called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) affect the connective tissues, primarily the skin, joints and blood vessel walls. In the case of EDS the production of collagen is disrupted by genetic mutations. This collagen is a chief component of connective tissue.
This syndrome is not common. It occurs in six major types, all of which affect the joints and most of them also affect the skin. Flexible ... more
The condition in which the calcium level in the blood is above normal is called hypercalcemia. Calcium is needed for bone formation, and it plays an important role in contracting muscles, ensuring that the nerves and brain function properly and releasing hormones. However, these processes could be affected by high calcium levels.
Overactivity in one or more of the parathyroid glands that regulate calcium is the main cause of ... more
This is a bone disorder in which scar-like (fibrous) tissue develops in place of normal bone and as the bone grows, the softer fibrous tissue expands and weakens the bone. The affected bone could deform and become brittle because of fibrous dysplasia.
Usually, no signs or symptoms are caused by mild cases of fibrous dysplasia. However, bone pain and deformity that usually develops before the age of 15 could be the result of ... more