Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Glossary

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Glossary - D

  • deafness - partial or complete loss of hearing; inability to perceive sound
  • delirium - temporary state of mental confusion resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes, and characterized by anxiety, disorientation, memory impairment, hallucinations, trembling, and incoherent speech
  • delusions - gross misrepresentations of reality; false belief, strongly held despite evidence to the contrary, especially as a symptom of mental illness. Typical delusions include those of illness, persecution, romance, grandeur, and control.
  • dementia - a group of symptoms involving progressive impairment of brain function.
  • depersonalization - disorder affecting emotions and behavior where one's own sense of reality is temporarily lost or changed
  • diabetes insipidus - a rare form of diabetes resulting from a deficiency of vasopressin (ADH - Antidiuretic hormone - the pituitary hormone that regulates the kidneys); leads to frequent urination and pronounced thirst
  • diabetes mellitus - disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood and urine; disorder of carbohydrate metabolism
  • diplopia - double vision
  • duodenal ulcer - ulcer situated in the duodenum
  • dyspnea - difficulty in breathing; shortness of breath
  • dystonia - a movement disorder of neurological origin characterized by sustained muscle contractions, usually producing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures or positions

 

 

 

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