Cotard’s Delusion: What Is “Walking Corpse Syndrome?”

Cotard’s Delusion Cotard’s Delusion is a very rare psychiatric disorder that results in an individual believing they do not exist or they are no longer alive. Some patients with Cotard’s Delusion believe that certain parts of their body are no…

Microcephaly: A Rare Neurological Condition

Microcephaly Microcephaly is a very rare neurological condition that causes the brain to be underdeveloped in the womb. This leads to an infant being born with a smaller than average head. While typically present at birth, microcephaly can develop and…

Lactose Intolerance: What Causes An Allergy To Dairy Products?

Lactose Intolerance Lactose intolerance is a condition that results from the body not producing enough lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar that is found naturally in milk. This makes is harder for the individual to…

Chronic Epistaxis: What Causes Chronic Nosebleeds?

Chronic Epistaxis Chronic epistaxis refers to frequent, recurring nosebleeds. While getting a nosebleed is seen as very normal, with at least 60% of the population having had at least one in their life, it is unusual to have recurring nosebleeds….

Eyelid Myokymia: How To Treat Eyelid Twitching

Eyelid Myokymia Eyelid myokymia is the medical term for eyelid twitching. Myokymia itself refers to the involuntary twitching of a muscle and can occur anywhere in the body. Eyelid twitching is harmless on its own, but persistent twitching may be…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What Causes Median Nerve Compression?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of pain in the hands and fingers that occurs when the median nerve is compressed. The median nerve is a nerve that runs from the forearm, through the carpal tunnel…

Costochondritis: A Common Cause Of Chest Pain

Costochondritis Costochondritis, sometimes called┬áTietze Syndrome, refers to a painful inflammation of the costochondrial junction, the connective tissue holding the upper ribs to the sternum or breastbone. It is most often found in children and young adults and is typically regarded…

Uncombable Hair Syndrome: When Hair Is Abnormally Unmanageable

Uncombable Hair Syndrome Uncombable hair syndrome, otherwise known as┬áPili trianguli et canaliculi, is a very rare structural abnormality of the hair follicle that causes brittle, unmanageable hair. The hair is usually coarse and will break is combed or flattened. It…

Scoliosis: What Causes An Abnormal Spinal Curvature?

Scoliosis Scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. When viewed head-on, a healthy spine appears straight, whereas a spine with scoliosis appears as either an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis can be mild, moderate, or severe. The…

Psoriasis: How Does It Affect the Skin?

Psoriasis Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes patches of abnormal skin. These patches are typically red, itchy and scaly and can be localized to one area or be widespread all over the body. The stomach, back, forearms and scalp…

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