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Acute Interstitial Nephritis ?>

Acute Interstitial Nephritis

Acute Interstitial Nephritis Acute interstitial nephritis is also called AIN. AIN is a condition in which there is damage to the tissue around the filtering unit of the kidney. This can result in a sudden decline in the kidney function. What is going on in the body? In AIN, different types of white blood cells invade the filtering system of the kidney. This causes it to swell. The rise in white blood cells is most often a result of an…

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Acute Life-Threatening Episode – Apparent Life-Threatening Event ?>

Acute Life-Threatening Episode – Apparent Life-Threatening Event

Acute Life-Threatening Episode – Apparent Life-Threatening Event An apparent life-threatening event, or ALTE, is sometimes referred to as a prolonged infant apnea spell. It is an episode in which an infant has apnea, or stops breathing for a short time. The episode lasts long enough to cause: choking and gagging color change in the skin and lips, first bright red then blue muscle weakness and limpness Babies often breathe in cycles. That is, they alternate rapid breathing with slow breathing….

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VSD – Ventricular Septal Defect ?>

VSD – Ventricular Septal Defect

VSD – Ventricular Septal Defect Ventricular septal defect, VSD, is a congenital defect of the heart, or one present at birth. There is an abnormal opening in the wall that separates 2 chambers of the heart. What is going on in the body? The heart has 4 chambers. Two of these chambers are called ventricles. The right ventricle and the left ventricle are separated by a wall or septum. A defect or hole in this wall causes blood to flow…

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