Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Glossary

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Glossary - Sl - Sz

  • spider angioma - dilation of tiny capillaries (blood vessels), usually affecting the skin, with a central red dot from which the blood vessels radiate
  • splenomegaly - abnormal enlargement of the spleen beyond its normal size
  • stomach ulcer - an ulcer within the stomach
  • stupor - state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked reduction in capacity, particularly to external stimuli
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage - bleeding within the skull, between the arachnoid and pia membranes.
  • subdural hematoma - rapidly clotting blood collecting below the inner layer of the dura but external to the brain and arachnoid membrane
  • syncope - brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden fall of blood pressure and lack of oxygen to the brain




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