Articles by Dr. Chris

Inflamed Parotid Gland (Parotitis) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Salivary glands are responsible for producing and secreting saliva. This fluid is responsible for moisturizing the mouth cavity, lubricating chewed food as it passed down the throat and it may also contain digestive enzymes to help chemically breakdown food. The parotid gland is the largest salivary gland, located on >> Read More ...

Bladder Stones – Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Urine is mainly water but contains a number of different chemicals, including salts (electrolytes), wastes and sometimes small quantities of nutrients that the body does not need. These chemicals are dissolved in the urine but can precipitate. This means it can become a solid again and may clump together to form stones in >> Read More ...

Stomach Polyps (Growths) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Abnormal growths can occur anywhere in the body. There are various types of growth but one of the common types is a polyp. This growth can occur in any cavity of the body. When it occurs in the nasal cavity then it is known as a nasal polyp. When it occurs in the colon then it is known as a colonic polyp. Similarly these >> Read More ...

Swelling of the Brain (Cerebral Edema) Types and Causes

There are three parts to the brain – the cerebrum which is the largest part, the cerebellum and the brainstem. Any organ of the body may become swollen and the brain can also swell for various reasons. This can increase pressure on and in the brain and even affect its functioning. With the brain being a vital organ, >> Read More ...

Inflamed Heart Muscle (Myocarditis) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Although the heart is a muscular pump, it is not only made up of muscle. There are three layers that make up the heart wall. The innermost layer is the endocardium. The muscle layer lies in the middle and is known as the myocardium. This is the thickest layer of the heart wall. The outermost layer is the epicardium. A thin >> Read More ...

Pus In and Around the Lung (Abscess vs Empyema)

Pus is a fluid that forms in and around infected tissue. It consists of dead immune cells, tissue particles and bacteria. Sometimes this pus may be walled off in an isolated area. We refer to this as an abscess. At other times the pus may exist in cavities and around organs. This is known as an empyema. Both an abscess and >> Read More ...

Thyroid Pain – Causes, Location and Other Symptoms

The thyroid gland is an important gland that is located at the front of the neck. Due to injury or various diseases, it may cause pan. However, there are a host of thyroid diseases which may be painless. This can apply to even serious thyroid conditions. Throat pain alone cannot be attributed to the thyroid gland as there >> Read More ...

Burning Stomach Pain – Causes and Conditions

There are various sensations that may be experienced in the stomach region. This is the upper left part of the abdomen and extends to the upper middle abdominal region. Discomfort, pain and a burning sensation are not uncommon in and around the location of the abdomen. However, these sensations cannot always be attributed >> Read More ...

Urinary Tract Pain – Location, Causes and Other Symptoms

The urinary system is responsible for filtering wastes from the bloodstream and expelling it as urine. It is also responsible for balancing the fluid volume in the body and maintaining blood pressure among a host of other important functions. Like any other system, the organs of the urinary system – kidneys, ureters, >> Read More ...
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