In medical terminology what do remarkable and unremarkable mean?
From a surgical standpoint, it is when your describing a structure within in the body cavity when obtaining a biopsy of a suspicious lesion. It is one thing to see a lesion on imaging and say it is definitively cancer. However, in some instances the gold standard would be to surgically. Once a biopsy of the tumor is taken it is then sent to the pathology lab for further microscopic analysis. If the pathologist comes back saying the margins are clear of the tissue sample and there is no evidence of caner anywhere then the tissue sample would be deemed unremarkable for cancer. However if the pathology report returns with evidence of cancer cells then the tissue is deemed remarkable to whatever caner type of cancer cells present in the tissue sample. Therefore remarkable is the presence of or an abnormality whereas unremarkable is the absence of something being explored.
Why is it that every time I swallow my ear hurts?
A tube called the "Eustachian tube" connects the middle ear to the interior of the pharynx. The Eustachian tube normalizes pressures between the middle ear and the atmosphere. What separates the middle ear from the atmosphere is the tympanic membrane. When you swallow, the Eustachian tube opens and any excess air in the middle ear is vented into the pharynx. However, when the Eustachian tube is blocked by inflammation, infection, or allergy, the middle ear cannot normalize pressures and so the tympanic membrane bulges and can no longer vibrate. This means you can't hear very well from that ear anymore. So what does that all mean? It means that you probably have a little throat or ear inflammation, or allergy, or infection that is affecting your Eustachian tube. Every time you swallow the Eustachian tube, which is connected to your ear and to your throat, is trying to open but cannot open. So the ear hurts. So what can you do? Well, if it is an allergy sometimes antihistamines can help. If it is a mild inflammation, I'd wait it out. If it is an actual infection perhaps antibiotics would help. If the condition persists for more than one or two days, I'd see my physician.
What is the function of the glossopharyngeal nerve?
The glossopharyngeal nerve consists of five components with distinct functions: Branchial motor (special visceral efferent) - supplies the stylopharyngeus muscle. Visceral motor (general visceral efferent) provides parasympathetic innervation of the parotid gland. Visceral sensory (general visceral afferent) carries visceral sensory information from the carotid sinus and body. General sensory (general somatic afferent) provides general sensory information from the skin of the external ear, internal surface of the tympanic membrane, upper pharynx, and the posterior one-third of the tongue. Special sensory (special afferent) provides taste sensation from the posterior one-third of the tongue. Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/glossopharyngeal-nerve#ixzz1c0X49H9Y
Seizures in children for no apparent reason? Anyone have any advice?
I do have a Homeopathic Kids Kit by Hylands that does contain Belladonna. My mom is a homeopath and works for a health food store. I typically try to treat my son with a homeopathic first. Belladonna, along with others, were used to treat him for his cough. After 2 wks with no change, we decided to try the OTC & prescription cough meds. He has not had any sort of fever or any other symptoms other then the chronic cough. All of these episodes have happened in the morning. After asking him to describe what he feels, he is only able to tell us that the top of his head starts to feel "tingely" before he actually passes out. We've not even been certain that it's actually a seizure. He's not smelling odd smells before hand, he's not having major convulsions, and he's not really wiped out after coming to. Back to self in about 30 mins. max. I too, have wondered if the OTC's contain something he's allergic to. Nothing found with others with similar syptoms. No family history of seizures.