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Glaucoma

An eye disease, characterized by increased pressure within the eye, that can result in blindness if not treated.

Anything that slows or blocks the flow of the natural fluid buildup out of the eye will cause pressure to build up. This pressure is called intraocular pressure (IOP) and in most cases of glaucoma, this pressure is high and causes damage to the major nerve in the eye, called the optic nerve.

There are four major types of glaucoma:

  • Open-angle (chronic) glaucoma – this is the most common type of glaucoma where the increase in eye pressure occurs slowly over time.
  • Angle-closure (acute) glaucoma – this is a very severe case of glaucoma and should be treated as an emergency condition. It occurs when the exit of the aqueous humor fluid is suddenly blocked, causing a quick painful rise in the pressure within the eye.
  • Congenital glaucoma – this is a less common type of glaucoma that is hereditary. It typically shows symptoms like cloudiness of the font of the eye, tearing, sensitivity to light and enlargement of one eye.
  • Secondary glaucoma – this is often a result of drug use and development of certain infections.

Treatment Procedures
Treatment procedures for glaucoma try to relieve the pressure on the eye. Depending on the type of condition, a physician can either recommend medications (such as eye drops) or surgery. Common surgical procedures can include laser surgery to help open up the channels where the fluid needs to flow.

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Ganglion Cyst

A benign, knot-like, cystic tumor that swells on top of a joint or tendon sheath (the tissue that connects muscle to bone). A ganglion cyst most commonly appears on the back of the hand, at the wrist joint or on the palm side of the wrist.

Causes
There is no known official cause of ganglion cysts. One theory suggests that trauma (such as receiving injury or shock to the specific area of the body) causes the tissue of the joint to break down forming small cysts. However, a flaw in the joint capsule or tendon covering may also cause the joint tissue to bulge out, forming a cyst.

Symptoms
Most ganglion cysts cause some degree of pain, but many only cause a slight degree of swelling to the affected area.

Treatment Procedures
A ganglion cyst does not need to have emergency treatment unless you have significant trauma. Many patients can opt for a treatment procedure called aspiration, where a needle is inserted into the cyst and draws out the liquid material. Then, a steroid compound is inserted into the area and the wrist is splinted.

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Gangrene

The decay of body tissue in a part of the body where the blood supply is obstructed.

Causes
Gangrene occurs when a body part loses its blood supply, often from injury (such as trauma from an accident) or infection to the specific area.

Symptoms
Gangrene can have a variety of symptoms, depending on where the decay is located on the body. If an individual obtains gangrene close to the skin, they may experience discoloration, numbness or discharge in the effected area.

Treatment Procedures
If an individual obtains gangrene, he or she should seek out urgent evaluation and treatment from a physician. The dead tissue should be removed, either by operation or amputation, to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection.

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Gastric Carcinoma

A cancerous tumor that forms in tissues lining the stomach. Tumors in the stomach can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors are not as harmful as malignant tumors and typically do not grow back once removed from the body.

Stomach cancer usually begins in cells in the inner layer of the stomach. Over time, the cancer may invade more deeply into the stomach wall. Eventually, a stomach tumor can grow through the stomach’s outer layer into nearby organs, such as the liver, pancreas, esophagus, or intestine.

Symptoms
As cancerous tumors in the stomach grow, an individual will start to experience certain symptoms associated with the disease. Such symptoms may include pain in the stomach area, nausea, difficulty swallowing and weight loss.

Treatment Procedures
Treatment procedures for gastric carcinoma depend heavily on the size and location of the tumor. In general, the procedures your doctor will likely suggest are surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

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Gastritis

A condition characterized by inflammation or swelling of the stomach lining. If the condition lasts for only a short time, it is called acute gastritis. It it lasts for an extended period of time (months or years) it is called chronic gastritis.

Causes
Common causes of gastritis include drinking too much alcohol, negative reactions from certain medications, infection of the stomach, extreme stress and abuse of certain drugs.

Symptoms
Gastritis can cause such symptoms as nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite and pain in the abdomen or upper part of the stomach.

Treatment Procedures
In order to treat gastritis, it must first be determined what exactly is its cause. A physician may run certain tests to see where the problem is stemming from in order to have the patient eliminate it. For example, if a certain medication is causing the gastritis to occur, the doctor may order the patient to cease taking it. If a specific cause is not found, the doctor may prescribe certain medications (like antacids) to relieve the symptoms.

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