Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Glossary

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Glossary - Pa - Ph

  • palpitation - a rapid pulsation; especially abnormally rapid beating of the heart when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or disease
  • pancreatitis - inflammation of the pancreas
  • papilledema - swelling of the optic disc (where the optic nerve enters the eyeball); usually associated with an increase in intraocular pressure
  • paralysis - loss of the ability to move muscles or muscle groups; usually associated with serious neurological conditions or mechanical injury
  • paranoid reaction - acute paranoid state often in response to external stimuli or the effects of drugs
  • parosmia - distortion in the sense of smell; often with the presence of phantom, usually unpleasant, smells
  • pericardial effusion - build up of fluid within the pericardial sac (the sac which lines the heart and large valves)
  • periodontal abscess - localized, pus-forming inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth
  • peritonitis - inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane that lines the walls of the abdominal cavity)
  • petechia - small red or purple spots on the surface of the skin or mucous membranes as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels
  • photophobia - abnormal intolerance to light; often with pain in the eyes when exposed to bright lights
  • photosensitivity - increase in the reactivity of the skin to sunlight

 

 

 

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