Skin Biopsy Related Diseases & Conditions

Medical tests and procedures are used to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. Our doctors have compiled a list of ailments related to the topic of Skin Biopsy that may be used to diagnose or monitor the status of the diseases and conditions listed below.

  • Psoriasis Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that may cause large plaques of red, raised skin, flakes of dry skin, and skin scales....learn more »
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    Psoriasis Article
    • Psoriasis facts
    • What is psoriasis?
    • What causes psoriasis?
    • What does psoriasis look like? What are psoriasis symptoms and signs?
    • Can psoriasis affect my joints?
    • How do health-care professionals diagnose psoriasis?
    • Can psoriasis affect only my nails?
    • How many people have psoriasis?
    • Is psoriasis curable?
    • Is psoriasis contagious?
    • Can I transmit the gene for psoriasis to my children?
    • What kind of doctor treats psoriasis?
    • What is the treatment for psoriasis?
    • What creams, lotions, and home remedies are available for psoriasis?
    • What oral medications are available?
    • What injections or infusions are available for psoriasis?
    • What about light therapy for psoriasis?
    • Where can I get more information on psoriasis?
    • Is there a national psoriasis support group?
    • What is my long-term prognosis with psoriasis? What are complications of psoriasis?
    • What does the future hold?
  • Skin Tag A skin tag is a small benign growth of skin that projects from the surrounding skin. Skin tags can vary in appearance (smooth,...learn more »
  • Rash The word "rash" means an outbreak of red bumps on the body. The way people use this term, "a rash" can refer to many different...learn more »
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    Rash Article
    • Rash facts
    • What are the causes, symptoms, and signs of common noninfectious rashes?
    • How are common skin rashes diagnosed?
    • Scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection
    • What is the treatment for a rash?
  • Jock Itch Jock itch is an itchy red rash that appears in the groin area. The rash may be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. People...learn more »
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    Jock Itch Article
    • Jock itch facts
    • What is jock itch? What does jock itch look like?
    • What causes jock itch?
    • Who gets jock itch?
    • What are jock itch symptoms and signs?
    • Does jock itch affect the entire body?
    • How is jock itch diagnosed?
    • Is jock itch curable? Is jock itch contagious?
    • What are possible complications of jock itch?
    • What is the treatment for jock itch?
    • What home remedy can I use for jock itch?
    • What holistic jock itch treatments are available?
    • How do I treat fungal jock itch?
    • How do I treat bacterial jock itch?
    • How is itching from jock itch treated?
    • What is the best drug for jock itch?
    • Why is my groin still discolored?
    • What is the prognosis with jock itch?
    • When should I call my doctor about jock itch?
    • How do I prevent jock itch?
  • Folliculitis Folliculitis is a skin condition that causes small red bumps to form around the hair follicles. Skin bacteria such as...learn more »
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    Folliculitis Article
    • Folliculitis facts
    • What is folliculitis? What are folliculitis symptoms and signs? What does folliculitis look like?
    • Who develops folliculitis?
    • What are the causes of folliculitis?
    • How is folliculitis diagnosed?
    • What else could folliculitis look like?
    • What are common types of folliculitis?
    • What is hot tub folliculitis or Jacuzzi folliculitis?
    • What is razor burn folliculitis?
    • What is pseudofolliculitis barbae?
    • Is folliculitis curable? Is folliculitis contagious?
    • What are possible complications of folliculitis?
    • How is folliculitis treated?
    • What is the prognosis (outlook) with folliculitis?
    • How do I prevent folliculitis?
  • MRSA MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria causes skin infections with the following signs and symptoms:...learn more »
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    MRSA Article
    • MRSA infections facts
    • What is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?
    • What does a MRSA infection look like?
    • What are the risk factors for MRSA infections?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of a MRSA infection?
    • How is a MRSA infection transmitted or spread?
    • How is a MRSA infection diagnosed?
    • How should caregivers treat MRSA patients at home?
    • What is the treatment for a MRSA infection?
    • What is the prognosis (outlook) of a MRSA infection?
    • How can people prevent a MRSA infection?
    • What are the potential complications of a MRSA infection?
    • What is a "superbug"?
    • Where are other MRSA information sources?
  • Athlete's Foot Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. Symptoms include itching, burning, cracking,...learn more »
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    Athlete's Foot Article
    • Athlete's foot facts
    • What is athlete's foot?
    • What are the symptoms and signs of athlete's foot?
    • What does athlete's foot look like?
    • Is athlete's foot contagious?
    • What else causes foot rashes?
    • What is the treatment for athlete's foot?
    • What home remedies are available for athlete's foot?
    • How can I treat athlete's foot in pregnancy?
    • When should I seek medical care?
    • What are possible complications of athlete's foot?
    • What kind of doctor treats athlete's foot?
    • How can I prevent future athlete's foot infections?
  • Dry Skin Dry skin (xeroderma) may be caused by external factors, like cold temperatures, low humidity, harsh soaps, and certain...learn more »
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    Dry Skin Article
    • Dry skin facts
    • What is dry skin?
    • What causes dry skin?
    • What are signs and symptoms of dry skin?
    • How is dry skin diagnosed?
    • Does dry skin cause winter itch?
    • Do genetics play a role in dry skin?
    • What medical conditions cause dry skin?
    • Do any medications cause dry skin?
    • What is the treatment for dry skin?
    • What are possible complications of dry skin?
    • What are some home remedies for dry skin?
    • How can dry skin be prevented?
    • What are the best products for dry skin?
  • Melanoma Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which begins in skin cells called melanocytes and affects more than 53,600 people in the United...learn more »
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    Melanoma Article
    • Melanoma facts
    • Introduction
    • What does melanoma look like? What are the symptoms and signs?
    • What if the skin changes are rapid or dramatic?
    • What are the causes and risk factors for melanoma?
    • How do I estimate my level of risk for melanoma?
    • What are the types of melanoma?
    • How is melanoma diagnosed?
    • How do doctors determine the prognosis (outlook) of a melanoma?
    • What is the treatment for melanoma?
    • What methods are available to help prevent melanoma?
    • Conclusions
    • What is in the future for melanoma?
    • Additional resources
  • Sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis, a disease resulting from chronic inflammation, causes small lumps (granulomas) to develop in a great range of body...learn more »
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    Sarcoidosis Article
    • Sarcoidosis facts
    • What is sarcoidosis?
    • What are symptoms of sarcoidosis?
    • Who gets sarcoidosis?
    • What we know about sarcoidosis
    • Some things we don't know about sarcoidosis
    • How is sarcoidosis diagnosed?
    • What are some signs and symptoms that suggest possible sarcoidosis?
    • What do laboratory tests show?
    • How is sarcoidosis treated?
    • Living with sarcoidosis
    • Where can a person find more information on sarcoidosis?
  • Lichen Planus Lichen planus is a common skin disease that features small, itchy pink or purple spots on the arms or legs. the abnormal areas on...learn more »
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    Lichen Planus Article
    • Lichen planus facts
    • What is lichen planus?
    • What causes lichen planus?
    • How is the rash of lichen planus different from that of most other common rashes?
    • What are the symptoms and signs of lichen planus?
    • What does lichen planus look like?
    • How is lichen planus diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for lichen planus?
    • What is the long-term prognosis of lichen planus?
  • Atopic Dermatitis Eczema is a general term for many types dermatitis (skin inflammation). Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of...learn more »
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    Atopic Dermatitis Article
    • Atopic dermatitis facts
    • What is atopic dermatitis?
    • What is the difference between atopic dermatitis and eczema?
    • How common is atopic dermatitis?
    • What causes atopic dermatitis?
    • Is atopic dermatitis contagious?
    • What are atopic dermatitis symptoms and signs?
    • Can atopic dermatitis affect the face?
    • What are the stages of atopic dermatitis?
    • How do physicians diagnose atopic dermatitis?
    • What factors can aggravate atopic dermatitis?
    • What are skin irritants in patients with atopic dermatitis?
    • What are allergens?
    • What are aeroallergens?
    • What is the treatment for atopic dermatitis?
    • What is the prognosis of atopic dermatitis?
  • Eczema Eczema refers to skin inflammation. There are many different types of eczema that produce symptoms and signs that range from...learn more »
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    Eczema Article
    • Eczema facts
    • What is eczema?
    • Are there different types of eczema? What causes eczema?
    • What are eczema symptoms and signs?
    • How is eczema diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for eczema?
    • What are home remedies for eczema?
    • Does diet affect eczema?
    • Is there a cure for eczema?
    • Is eczema contagious?
    • What is the prognosis of eczema?
    • Is it possible to prevent eczema?
  • Pityriasis Rosea Pityriasis rosea is a rash that begins with a large pink patch with well-defined scaly borders on the back, chest, or neck. In...learn more »
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    Pityriasis Rosea Article
    • Pityriasis rosea facts
    • What is pityriasis rosea?
    • Who gets pityriasis rosea?
    • What causes pityriasis rosea?
    • What are pityriasis rosea symptoms and signs?
    • How is pityriasis rosea diagnosed?
    • What are some common misdiagnoses of pityriasis rosea?
    • What is the treatment for pityriasis rosea?
    • What home remedies can I use for pityriasis rosea?
    • Is pityriasis rosea dangerous during pregnancy?
    • Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?
    • What is the prognosis for pityriasis rosea?
    • Where can I find more information and facts about pityriasis rosea?
  • Cancer Cancer is a disease caused by an abnormal growth of cells, also called malignancy. It is a group of 100 different diseases, and...learn more »
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    Cancer Article
    • Cancer facts
    • What is cancer?
    • What causes cancer?
    • What are cancer symptoms and signs?
    • What are the different types of cancer?
    • How is cancer diagnosed?
    • How is cancer staging determined?
    • What is the treatment for cancer?
    • What is the prognosis for cancer?
    • Can cancer be prevented?
    • Where can people find more information about cancer?
  • Vasculitis Vasculitis is a general term for a group of uncommon diseases which feature inflammation of the blood vessels. Each form of...learn more »
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    Vasculitis Article
    • Vasculitis facts
    • What is vasculitis?
    • What causes vasculitis, and what are examples of diseases with vasculitis?
    • What are the symptoms of vasculitis?
    • How is vasculitis diagnosed?
    • How is vasculitis treated?
  • Ingrown Hair Ingrown hairs may be caused by improper shaving, waxing or blockage of the hair follicle. Symptoms and signs of ingrown hairs...learn more »
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    Ingrown Hair Article
    • Ingrown hair facts
    • What is an ingrown hair?
    • What causes an ingrown hair?
    • Who develops ingrown hairs?
    • What are symptoms and signs of an ingrown hair?
    • Are ingrown hairs the same as razor bumps or pseudofolliculitis?
    • Are there any home remedies for an ingrown hair?
    • What is the treatment for an ingrown hair?
    • Do ingrown hairs affect the entire body?
    • How is an ingrown hair diagnosed?
    • Does diet have anything to do with ingrown hairs?
    • What else could an ingrown hair look like?
    • Can ingrown hairs be prevented?
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are genetic disorders that include symptoms such as loose joints, tissue weakness, easy bruising, and...learn more »
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    Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Article
    • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome facts
    • What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
    • What are the types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes?
    • What are the symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
    • How are Ehlers-Danlos syndromes diagnosed?
    • How are Ehlers-Danlos syndromes treated?
  • Marfan Syndrome Marfan syndrome is hereditary condition affecting connective tissue. A person with Marfan syndrome may exhibit the following...learn more »
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    Marfan Syndrome Article
    • Marfan syndrome facts*
    • What is Marfan syndrome?
    • What are the symptoms of Marfan syndrome?
    • What causes Marfan syndrome?
    • How is Marfan syndrome diagnosed?
    • What types of doctors treat Marfan syndrome?
    • What treatment options are available for Marfan syndrome?
    • What are some of the emotional and psychological effects of Marfan syndrome?
    • What research is being conducted on Marfan syndrome?
    • Where can people find additional information about Marfan syndrome?
  • Freckles Freckles are flat circular spots on the skin that may be red, yellow, tan, light brown, brown, or black in color. Lentigo is the...learn more »
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    Freckles Article
    • Freckles facts
    • What are freckles?
    • What types of freckles are there?
    • What are "liver spots" or "age spots"?
    • How do freckles develop?
    • How important is heredity with freckles?
    • What is the medical meaning of freckles?
    • How can freckles be prevented?
    • What is the treatment for freckles?
    • What is the value of freckles?
  • Lichen Sclerosus Lichen sclerosus is a skin disease that causes white spots to form on the skin, which later grow into large, thin, and crinkled...learn more »
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    Lichen Sclerosus Article
    • Lichen sclerosus facts*
    • What is lichen sclerosus?
    • Who gets lichen sclerosus?
    • What are lichen sclerosus symptoms and signs?
    • What causes lichen sclerosus?
    • How is lichen sclerosus diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for lichen sclerosus?
    • Can people with lichen sclerosus have sex?
    • Is lichen sclerosus related to cancer?
    • What kind of doctor treats lichen sclerosus?
    • Where can I find more information about lichen sclerosus?
  • Skin Cancer Skin cancers occur when skin cells undergo malignant transformations and grow into tumors. The most common types of skin cancer,...learn more »
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    Skin Cancer Article
    • What is skin cancer?
    • What are the risk factors for skin cancer?
    • What causes skin cancer?
    • What are the different types of skin cancer?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of skin cancer?
    • When is a mole dangerous or high-risk for becoming a skin cancer?
    • What are the most common sites where skin cancer develops?
    • How is skin cancer diagnosed?
    • What is the staging for skin cancer?
    • What is the treatment for skin cancer?
    • What is the prognosis for skin cancer?
    • Can skin cancer be prevented?
    • Sunscreen use and vitamin D
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis Wegener's granulomatosis, a condition that usually affects young or middle-aged adults, is an inflammation of the arteries...learn more »
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    Wegener's Granulomatosis Article
    • Wegener's granulomatosis facts
    • What is Wegener's granulomatosis?
    • What are symptoms of Wegener's granulomatosis?
    • How is Wegener's granulomatosis diagnosed?
    • How is Wegener's granulomatosis treated?
  • Actinic Keratosis Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly patches of skin that are considered precancerous and are due to sun exposure. Prevention is to...learn more »
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    Actinic Keratosis Article
    • Actinic keratosis facts
    • What is an actinic keratosis, and what does it look like?
    • Who is at risk for an actinic keratosis?
    • Where on the body do actinic keratoses typically occur?
    • What is the significance of an actinic keratosis?
    • How is an actinic keratosis diagnosed?
    • How is an actinic keratosis treated?
    • What happens after an actinic keratosis is treated?
  • Rabies Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted via the bite of an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headaches, and...learn more »
    In This Article
    Rabies Article
    • Rabies facts
    • What is rabies?
    • What causes rabies?
    • What are risk factors for rabies?
    • What are rabies symptoms and signs?
    • How do physicians diagnose rabies?
    • What is the treatment for rabies?
    • What is the prognosis of rabies?
    • Is it possible to prevent rabies? Is there a rabies vaccine?
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP or anaphylactoid purpura), a type of blood vessel inflammation, results in rash, arthritis, and...learn more »
    In This Article
    Henoch-Schonlein Purpura Article
    • Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) facts
    • What is Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)?
    • What causes HSP?
    • What are risk factors for HSP?
    • What are HSP symptoms and signs?
    • How is HSP diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for HSP?
    • What are complications of HSP?
    • What is the prognosis for patients with HSP?
    • Can HSP be prevented?
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition. Symptoms and signs include a red, scaling rash on the scalp, face, ears, and...learn more »
    In This Article
    Seborrheic Dermatitis Article
    • Seborrheic dermatitis facts
    • What is seborrheic dermatitis?
    • What are risk factors for seborrheic dermatitis?
    • What causes seborrheic dermatitis?
    • What are seborrheic dermatitis symptoms and signs?
    • How is seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    • What are complications of seborrheic dermatitis?
    • What is the prognosis of seborrheic dermatitis?
    • Can seborrheic dermatitis be prevented?
  • Keratosis Pilaris Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder in which small white or red bumps appear around hair follicles on the upper...learn more »
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    Keratosis Pilaris Article
    • Keratosis pilaris (KP) facts
    • What is keratosis pilaris?
    • Who gets keratosis pilaris?
    • What is the prognosis of patients with keratosis pilaris?
    • Does keratosis pilaris affect the entire body?
    • What does keratosis pilaris look like?
    • What causes keratosis pilaris?
    • How is keratosis pilaris diagnosed?
    • Is keratosis pilaris curable?
    • Is keratosis pilaris contagious?
    • What are possible complications of keratosis pilaris?
    • Does diet have anything to do with keratosis pilaris?
    • What is the treatment for keratosis pilaris?
    • Keratosis pilaris "do's"
    • Keratosis pilaris "don'ts"
  • Paget Disease of the Breast Paget's disease is a rare form of cancer that forms in or around the nipple and frequently coexists with breast cancer. The exact...learn more »
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    Paget Disease of the Breast Article
    • Paget disease of the breast key points
    • What is Paget disease of the breast?
    • Who gets Paget disease of the breast?
    • What causes Paget disease of the breast?
    • What are the symptoms of Paget disease of the breast?
    • How is Paget disease of the breast diagnosed?
    • How is Paget disease of the breast treated?
    • What is the prognosis for people with Paget disease of the breast?
    • What research studies are under way on Paget disease of the breast?
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer Inflammatory breast cancer is an accelerated form of breast cancer that is not usually detected by mammogram or ultrasound....learn more »
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    Inflammatory Breast Cancer Article
    • What is inflammatory breast cancer?
    • What are the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer?
    • How is inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed?
    • How is inflammatory breast cancer treated?
  • Molluscum Contagiosum Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disease that causes pink painless bumps on the skin. It typically resolves in six to 12 months....learn more »
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    Molluscum Contagiosum Article
    • Molluscum contagiosum facts
    • What is molluscum contagiosum?
    • What causes molluscum contagiosum?
    • What are risk factors for molluscum contagiosum?
    • What are molluscum contagiosum symptoms and signs?
    • How do physicians diagnose molluscum contagiosum?
    • What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
    • Are there any home remedies for molluscum contagiosum?
    • What is the prognosis of molluscum contagiosum?
    • Is it possible to prevent molluscum contagiosum?
  • Typhus Typhus is a disease caused by Rickettsia bacteria. Symptoms and signs include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and...learn more »
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    Typhus Article
    • Typhus facts
    • What is typhus? Are there different types of typhus?
    • What is the history of typhus?
    • What causes typhus? How is typhus transmitted?
    • What are typhus risk factors?
    • What are typhus symptoms and signs?
    • How is typhus diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for typhus?
    • What is the prognosis of typhus?
    • Can typhus be prevented?
    • Where can people get more information about typhus?
  • Scars Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process after injury. The depth and size of the wound incision and the location...learn more »
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    Scars Article
    • Scars facts
    • What is a scar?
    • What are the different types of scars?
    • What causes a scar?
    • What are symptoms and signs of a scar?
    • How are scars diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for a scar?
    • Are there any home remedies to reduce scarring?
    • What is the prognosis of a scar?
    • Can scarring be prevented?
    • Does insurance coverage apply to scar treatments?
  • Moles Moles are small skin growths that may appear flat or raised and are often tan, brown, black, reddish brown, or skin colored. They...learn more »
    In This Article
    Moles Article
    • Moles facts
    • What are moles?
    • What causes moles, and what are risk factors for developing moles?
    • What types of moles are there?
    • What are liver spots or age spots?
    • What are seborrheic keratoses?
    • Who is more prone to getting moles?
    • Does having more moles increase one's chance of getting melanoma?
    • Do moles ever disappear spontaneously?
    • Which skin cancers look like moles?
    • How can moles be prevented?
    • How can moles be treated? What are different types of mole removal?
    • Is there a blood test or X-ray to diagnose moles?
  • Eosinophilic Fasciitis Eosinophilic fasciitis is a skin disease that causes thickening and inflammation of the skin and fascia. Symptoms include...learn more »
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    Eosinophilic Fasciitis Article
    • What are eosinophils?
    • What is fascia?
    • What is eosinophilic fasciitis?
    • What causes eosinophilic fasciitis?
    • What are symptoms and signs of eosinophilic fasciitis?
    • How is eosinophilic fasciitis diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for eosinophilic fasciitis?
    • What is the prognosis (outlook) for eosinophilic fasciitis?
    • Can eosinophilic fasciitis be prevented?
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease affects the...learn more »
    In This Article
    Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Disease Article
    • What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
    • What are the symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
    • What causes Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
    • What are the types of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
    • How is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease diagnosed?
    • How is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease treated?
    • What research is being done on Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
  • Essential Mixed Cryoglobulinemia Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia is a condition caused by abnormal blood proteins called cryoglobulins. Symptoms include joint...learn more »
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    Essential Mixed Cryoglobulinemia Article
    • What is cryoglobulinemia?
    • What conditions are associated with cryoglobulinemia?
    • What is essential mixed cryoglobulinemia?
    • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with essential mixed cryoglobulinemia?
    • How is essential mixed cryoglobulinemia treated?
  • Melioidosis Melioidosis (Whitmore's disease) is an infectious disease caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria. Symptoms include...learn more »
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    Melioidosis Article
    • Melioidosis facts
    • What is melioidosis? What causes melioidosis?
    • Where does melioidosis occur?
    • What are symptoms of melioidosis?
    • How is melioidosis diagnosed?
    • How is melioidosis treated?
    • Can melioidosis be prevented?
    • What is the prognosis for melioidosis?
  • Weber-Christian Disease Weber-Christian disease is a rare inflammatory disease that affects the body's fat tissues. It's also known as relapsing febrile...learn more »
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    Weber-Christian Disease Article
    • Weber-Christian disease facts
    • What is Weber-Christian disease? What are the risk factors for this disease?
    • What is panniculitis?
    • What are other symptoms of Weber-Christian disease?
    • What causes Weber-Christian disease?
    • How is Weber-Christian disease diagnosed?
    • What is the prognosis of Weber-Christian disease?
    • What is the treatment for Weber-Christian disease?