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  Dacryocystitis



Dacryocystitis

   Inflammation of the sac that collects tears for drainage from the eye.

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Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Drainage
The systematic withdrawal of fluids and discharges from a wound, sore, or cavity. (Dorland, 27th ed)

Eye
The organ of sight. The eye has a number of components. These components include but are not limited to the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, macula, optic nerve, choroid and vitreous.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Dacron
Polyester polymers formed from terephthalic acid or its esters and ethylene glycol. They can be formed into tapes, films or pulled into fibers that are pressed into meshes or woven into fabrics.

Dacry
Combining form used before a vowel to denote a relationship to tears.

Dacryo
A combining form denoting tears, as in dacryocyst (tear sac) and dacryocystorhinostomy (surgery to open up a tear duct).

Dacryoadenitides
Inflammation of the lacrimal sac. (Dorland, 27th ed)

Dacryoadenitis
Inflammation of a lacrimal gland (a gland that produces tears).

Dacryocyst
The lacrimal sac; tear sac. The dilated (widened) upper end of the nasolacrimal duct, the passageway that permits tears to drain into the nasal cavity.

Dacryocystitides
Inflammation of the lacrimal sac. (Dorland, 27th ed)

Dacryocystorhinostomies
Surgical fistulization of the lacrimal sac for external drainage of an obstructed nasolacrimal duct.

Dacryocystorhinostomy
The surgical creation of a passage between the lacrimal sac (tear sac) and the nasal cavity to permit the drainage of tears. Dacryocystorhinostomy may be done to remedy an obstructed nasolacrimal duct.

Dacryocystostomies
Surgical fistulization of the lacrimal sac for external drainage of an obstructed nasolacrimal duct.

Dacryocystostomy
Surgical fistulization of the lacrimal sac for external drainage of an obstructed nasolacrimal duct.



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Perversion of the sense of taste.

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Primary disorders of sleep or wakefulness characterized by insomnia or hypersomnia as the major presenting symptom. Dyssomnias are disorders of the amount, quality, or timing of sleep.

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See Glucose.

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Dandruff
Little scales or flakes of dead skin on the scalp. Also called seborrheic dermatitis.

Debridement
Removal of foreign material or dead tissue.

Decalcification
Loss of calcium from the bones or teeth.

Decubitus
A skin ulcer or bedsore.

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