Archive | May, 2017

What is empyema?

Empyema is characterized by the buildup of pus in the area between the lungs and interior surface of the chest wall or pleural space. The pus is usually comprised of dead cells, immune cells and bacteria. Remember that pus in the pleural space could not be coughed out and requires drainage using a needle or […]

Ear discharge

Ear discharge is any fluid that drains from the ear. Generally, the ears generate earwax which is an oil that is naturally produced by the body. Its main objective is to ensure that bacteria, dust or other foreign bodies will not enter the ear. On the other hand, certain conditions such as a ruptured eardrum […]

What is tenosynovitis?

Tenosynovitis or tendon sheath inflammation occurs if there is not enough synovial fluid in the tendon which results to inflammation or swelling. The tendon is a fibrous tissue that links the muscles to bones. It is covered by a protective sheath called as synovium which produces synovial fluid for lubrication. If the tendon is damaged, […]

What should I know about compartment syndrome?

Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that arises if there is significant pressure within a muscle compartment. The compartments are groups of muscle tissue, nerves and blood vessels in the legs and arms bordered by fascia which is a strong membrane. The fascia could not expand, thus swelling in the compartment increases the pressure within […]