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What Is Cachexia? Cachexia is a state of ill health involving deteriorating body composition that is characterized by general malnutrition and loss of lean tissue such as muscle. Q: What are typical findings in cachexia? A: Arm muscle triceps (the ...

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What Is Cardiomegaly? Cardiomegaly is a non-inflammatory disorder of the myocardium (heart muscle) causing the heart to enlarge. Q: What happens when the heart enlarges? A:The heart enlarges because excessive growth of muscle tissue (hypertrophy) thickens the heart walls which in ...

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Nosebleeds, Unexplained (Epistaxis)

What Is Epistaxis? Epistaxis, or nosebleed, is a feature of secondary hemostasis (blood clotting) characterized by fragility of a plexus of blood vessels in the antero-inferior septum (just inside nostril) and/or abnormal blood coagulation. What Is Epistaxis In Celiac Disease ...

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Bruising, Easy (Ecchymosis)

What Is Easy Bruising? Ecchymosis, or easy bruising, is a feature of impaired secondary hemostasis (blood clotting) characterized by subcutaneous bleeding (under the skin) in response to light trauma. Q: What causes easy bruising? A: Easy bruising is the direct ...

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What Is Neutropenia? Neutropenia  is a blood disorder characterized by presence of an abnormally low number of neutrophils. Neutrophils are white blood cells (leukocytes) that serves as the primary defense against infections by destroying bacteria in the blood.  Specfically, neutrophils are ...

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Hypoprothrombinemia (Low Prothrombin Level)

What Is Hypoprothrombinemia? Hypoprothrombinemia is a deficiency of prothrombin (clotting factor II) in the blood that is characterized by impaired hemostasis in response to trauma or a laceration. Q: What is hemostasis and how is it altered by a deficiency of prothrombin? A: Hemostasis ...

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Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

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What Is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia means the level of glucose within cells is too low to meet metabolic needs of the body for this essential sugar. Q: What are the metabolic needs for glucose? A: Glucose is the most important simple ...

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Hypocupremia (Low Blood Copper Level)

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What Is Hypocupremia? Hypocupremia, or low plasma copper, means the level of copper is too low to meet metabolic needs of the body for copper and is characterized by these many features: Impaired energy production causing weakness. Impaired ability as ...

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Hypocalcemia (Low Blood Calcium)

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What Is Hypocalcemia? Hypocalcemia, or low plasma calcium, means the level of calcium in blood is too low to meet metabolic needs of the body for calcium. Low blood calcium is characterized by bone and tooth demineralization (loss of calcium ...

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Coagulation Factors, Low

What Are Low Coagulation Factors? Coagulation factors II, VII, IX, X found in blood are essential for normal blood clotting.  Low coagulation factors on blood assay indicate an altered secondary coagulation disorder that is characterized by impaired clot formation. Each coagulation factor ...

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Pruritic (Itchy) Skin Rash: definition

A symptom of a primary disease, cutaneous (skin) or systemic characterized by chronic itching. In celiac disease, it is a symptom of malnutrition involving iron deficiency. Click for full description.

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Prurigo Nodularis (Hyde’s Prurigo): definition

A chronic dermatitis characterized by hard, dry, deep seated, intensely itchy papules. It is an atypical symptom of celiac disease involving deficiencies of vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids.  Click for full description.

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Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris: definition

A chronic generalized exfoliative dermatitis characterized by erythema (redness), scaling and keratoderma (thickened skin) that develops from vitamin A deficiency and is often associated with iron deficiency anemia and low serum albumin (protein deficiency). It is an associated disorder of ...

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Premenstrual Syndrome, (PMS): definition

A menstrual disorder that occurs regularly during the last week of the luteal phase and starts to subside a few days before menstruation begins. PMS is an atypical symptom of celiac disease involving deficiencies of  calcium, magnesium, EPA, and vitamin ...

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Prolonged Prothrombin Time (PT): definition

A blood test result showing that blood clots too slowly due to vitamin K deficiency. It is an atypical symptom of celiac disease. Click  for full description.

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