Abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dangerous condition in which a part of your body's main artery (aorta) is enlarged and in danger of rupturing.

Acoustic neuroma


Acromegaly is an uncommon hormonal disorder caused by the overproduction of growth hormone. It typically causes signs such as enlarged hands and feet.

Acute coronary syndrome

Acute coronary syndrome occurs when there isn't enough blood flowing through your heart. It can be felt as chest pain (angina) or a heart attack.

Acute kidney failure

Acute lymphocytic leukemia

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis occurs when your sinus cavities become inflamed. Antibiotics, decongestants and corticosteroids may relieve pain and congestion and prevent development of chronic sinusitis.

Adult Still's disease

Daily fevers, achy joints and an intermittent, salmon-pink rash may be an indication that you have a rare inflammatory disorder called adult Still's disease.

Alzheimer's disease


Although the absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) is seldom serious, the condition can often be linked to an underlying problem requiring treatment.


Anal cancer

Though anal cancer is rare, incidence of anal cancer is increasing. Find out the symptoms and causes of cancer of the anal canal.


Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis that affects your spine and nearby joints. Over time, your spine may become stiff and immovable.


Aortic aneurysm

Aortic dissection




Arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis

Arteriovenous fistula

Arteriovenous malformation



Asbestosis is a lung disease resulting from prolonged exposure to asbestos, a product once commonly used in the building and manufacturing industries.





Ataxia describes lack of muscle coordination while performing voluntary movements. A sign of an underlying condition, ataxia can affect any part of your body.


Back pain

Bell's palsy

Bladder cancer

Bladder stones

Bladder stones are small masses of minerals in your bladder — often forming as a result of an enlarged prostate, nerve damage or infection.

Blastocystis hominis infection

A microscopic parasite causes Blastocystis hominis infection. Experts disagree as to whether this infection causes diarrhea and other associated signs and symptoms.

Blind loop syndrome

Blood in urine (hematuria)

Bone metastasis

Bone spurs

Brain aneurysm

Breast cancer

Broken ankle/broken foot

Broken arm

Broken arm? If your arm hurts too much to use normally, seek prompt medical care.

Broken collarbone

Broken leg

Broken leg — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this type of fracture.

Broken nose

Broken ribs

A broken rib, or fractured rib, is a common injury that occurs when one of the bones in your rib cage breaks or cracks.

Broken wrist/broken hand


Brucellosis is an infectious disease that spreads from animals to people, mainly via unpasteurized dairy products. Travelers should take special care to avoid infection.

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome can feel as if you scalded your mouth with hot coffee. Treatment depends on the cause, which can be difficult to identify.

C. difficile

C. difficile can be a life-threatening infection. It typically develops when antibiotics destroy other bacteria in your intestines, allowing C. difficile to flourish.


Carcinoid syndrome

Carcinoid tumors

Carcinoid tumors are rare, slow-growing cancerous tumors that most often occur in the gastrointestinal tract or in the lungs.

Carotid artery disease

Castleman disease

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatment of this movement disorder.

Cervical cancer

Cervical spondylosis

Chest pain

Chiari malformation

Chiari malformation is an uncommon condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal, causing headaches and other potentially serious symptoms.


Chondromalacia patella

Chondromalacia patella is a knee condition that plagues many runners. It's often caused by overuse or injury.

Chronic cough

More than an annoyance, a chronic cough can significantly affect your quality of life. Find out how it's diagnosed and treated.

Chronic daily headaches

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome

Don't ignore exercise-related pain, pressure or numbness, because it may indicate chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Proper treatment can get you back to your favorite sport.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Unlike other cancers, this form of leukemia doesn't always initially require treatment.

Chronic pelvic pain in women

Chronic pelvic pain is pain in your pelvic region — the area below your bellybutton and between your hips — that lasts six months or longer.

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis involves long-term inflammation or infection of the sinus cavities. Medications can help, and in rare cases surgery can treat this painful condition.

Churg-Strauss syndrome

Churg-Strauss syndrome is a rare disorder marked by blood vessel inflammation that affects organs throughout the body. Asthma is the most common sign.


Cluster headache

Cluster headaches usually occur repeatedly on one side of your head and cause intense pain that feels like a stabbing sensation in your eye.

Colon cancer

Colon cancer and rectal cancer combined are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Regular screening tests can help reduce your risk.



Concussions can be serious injuries that need sufficient time to heal.


Cough headaches


Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the bony plates of a baby's skull fuse prematurely, misshaping the head.

Crohn's disease

Cushing syndrome

Cushing syndrome is caused by an excess of the hormone cortisol, originating from your adrenal glands or from corticosteroid medications you're taking for another illness.

Cyclic vomiting syndrome

Cyclic vomiting syndrome can last for hours or days and shares many triggers with migraines.

Cystic fibrosis

Deep vein thrombosis


Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)

Dilated cardiomyopathy



Eisenmenger syndrome

Eisenmenger syndrome, a complication of congenital heart defects, can be life-threatening if not properly treated. Find out more.


Tobacco smoke causes most cases of emphysema. Although quitting smoking can't reverse the damage, it can help keep this serious lung disease from becoming worse.


Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain usually caused by a viral infection. Severe cases can cause brain damage, even death.


Endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. If detected early, this cancer is often successfully treated.

Enlarged heart

Enlarged heart is often a sign of a serious heart condition. Find out causes and treatments for enlarged heart.

Enlarged liver

Enlarged spleen

An enlarged spleen is usually a sign of an underlying problem. Treatment varies, depending on what's causing the enlargement.

Esophageal cancer

Reduce your risk of esophageal cancer by eating more fruits and vegetables.

Esophageal varices

Esophageal varices — enlarged veins in the esophagus — are a serious complication of liver diseases such as cirrhosis.

Exercise headaches

Eye melanoma

Fibrous dysplasia

Foot drop

Frontotemporal dementia

Gallbladder cancer


Gallstones often don't cause symptoms. But if you have a gallbladder attack, you're not likely to forget it.



Glomerulonephritis affects your kidneys' filtering function. Complications include high blood pressure, protein in the urine (proteinuria) and kidney failure.

Graves' disease

Greenstick fractures

The extra flexibility of children's bones makes them more prone to greenstick fractures — an injury in which a bone bends and cracks.

Growth plate fractures

Growth plate fractures can interfere with your child's normal bone growth, resulting in a stunted or twisted limb. Prompt, proper care is essential.


Gynecomastia, enlarged breasts in males, is a common problem. Find out about treatments and how to cope.

Hairy cell leukemia

Headaches in children

Children of all ages experience headaches, but the causes aren't all the same. Here's how to help your child.

Heart disease

Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.

Heart failure

Heart murmurs

Herniated disk

Back pain may mean you have a herniated disk — but not always. In fact, you can have disk herniation without pain. Here are the facts.


Caused by contractions of your diaphragm, hiccups are usually harmless. But rarely, hiccups may signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment.

Hip fracture


Hirsutism refers to excessive hair growth in women. Possibly a result of elevated male hormones, hirsutism is often caused by an underlying condition.

Hodgkin's lymphoma

Hurthle cell cancer




Indigestion can ruin meals and make you feel uncomfortable. Take steps to prevent symptoms like upset stomach, bloating and pain.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Inflammatory breast cancer

Intestinal ischemia

Intestinal obstruction

Intestinal obstruction — a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention — occurs when a blockage of the intestine prevents food or fluid from passing through.

Intracranial hematoma


A rare but serious disorder, intussusception occurs when one part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part, often causing intestinal obstruction.

Invasive lobular carcinoma

Irritable bowel syndrome

Ischemic colitis

Kidney cancer

Kidney stones

Knee pain

Find out what could cause knee pain.

Krabbe disease

Krabbe disease is a rare, inherited disorder — most often affecting infants — that impairs functioning of the central nervous system and usually leads to early death.


Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by bacteria that can live in water in air conditioning systems, showers and spas.

Lewy body dementia

This type of dementia often causes hallucinations, delusions and fluctuating alertness.


Liver cancer

The risk of liver cancer may be reduced by protecting yourself from serious liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis B and C.

Liver disease

Liver hemangioma

Liver hemangioma is the most common type of noncancerous (benign) liver mass. Learn how doctors treat liver hemangioma.

Lung cancer


Male breast cancer

Membranous nephropathy

Meniere's disease



Fever, headache and stiff neck are common signs and symptoms of meningitis — an infection of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Menstrual cramps

A monthly period is bad enough. Add in painful menstrual cramps, and you may be cursing this thing called womanhood. How do you get relief?

Merkel cell carcinoma

Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive skin cancer. Chronic sun exposure or a weak immune system may increase your risk of developing it.




A migraine isn't an ordinary headache. In addition to severe head pain, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine with aura

Migraine with aura is a usually severe headache that's accompanied by visual disturbances, such as flashes of light, zigzagging patterns or blind spots.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transition stage between the cognitive changes of normal aging and dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.

Multiple myeloma

Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is a condition of muscle weakness caused by a breakdown in communication between nerves and muscles. Treatments can help relieve muscle weakness.

Naegleria infection

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps, inflammation-related growths in the nasal passages or sinuses, can block the flow of air and fluid in your nose.

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

Neck pain


Neuroblastoma most commonly affects children age 5 and younger. It's the most common form of cancer in babies.


Neurofibromatosis — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this genetic disorder.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with obesity and diabetes. Lifestyle changes may prevent it from becoming serious.

Nonallergic rhinitis

Nonallergic rhinitis is a condition in which the lining of your nose swells, causing a stuffy nose — but no identifiable allergy is involved.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Osteochondritis dissecans



Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is often fatal. Find out which new treatments offer hope.

Pancreatic cysts


The pain of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, can last for days, or in chronic cases, for years. Pancreatitis can lead to serious complications.

Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system

Pectus excavatum

Pericardial effusion

Pericardial effusion, the accumulation of excess fluid in the sac-like structure around the heart, can decrease heart function and can be life-threatening.


Peripheral neuropathy




Pleurisy is the painful inflammation of the membranes that surround your lungs. The cause can be one of a number of underlying conditions.


Pneumonitis is a general term for lung inflammation. It can cause difficulty breathing, often accompanied by a cough.


A pneumothorax, which is a partial or complete collapse of a lung, can result from a chest injury, lung disease or certain medical procedures.

Polycystic kidney disease

Post-concussion syndrome

Post-polio syndrome

Primary aldosteronism

Primary aldosteronism is a condition in which your adrenal glands overproduce a hormone that, in excess, can cause high blood pressure. Effective treatments are available.

Primary biliary cirrhosis

Prostate cancer

Pseudotumor cerebri

Pseudotumor cerebri — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of increased pressure inside the skull.

Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis results from scar tissue that forms in your lungs. This affects your ability to breathe and obtain enough oxygen.

Pulmonary hypertension

High blood pressure affecting only the arteries in your lungs is known as pulmonary hypertension. Discover the symptoms, risk factors and treatment for this condition.

Pulmonary valve stenosis

Rectovaginal fistula

Recurrent breast cancer

Rett syndrome

Reye's syndrome

Ruptured spleen

A ruptured spleen is a medical emergency. Immediate surgery is needed to prevent life-threatening bleeding.


Sacroiliitis is one cause of low back pain and discomfort. It's an inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, which connect the lower spine and pelvis.

Salivary gland cancer


Sarcoidosis starts in your lungs but can cause inflammation in any part of your body. It can last a lifetime, or disappear in a few years.


Schizophrenia causes delusions, hallucinations and behavior changes. The good news is that new medications can often effectively manage schizophrenia symptoms.



Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Most cases are mild, but severe cases may require treatment with braces or surgery.

Scrotal masses


Sex headaches

Shaken baby syndrome

Sheehan's syndrome

Sheehan's syndrome is a rare pituitary gland disorder that occurs in women usually as a result of severe blood loss during childbirth.

Sinus headaches


Soft tissue sarcoma

Spinal cord injury

Spinal stenosis

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)

Find out about this rare cause of heart attack in young, healthy people.

Sprained ankle

Stomach cancer

Reduce your risk of stomach cancer by eating more fruits and vegetables.

Swollen lymph nodes

Swollen lymph nodes usually indicate an infection, particularly in children. However, there are many causes, ranging from the common cold to cancer.


Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cyst within your spinal cord. It can cause a variety of neurological symptoms, including pain, weakness and stiffness.

Tapeworm infection

Tension headache

A tension headache is the most common form of headache. A number of treatments are available to help you deal with the pain.

Testicular cancer

Throat cancer


Thrombophlebitis occurs when a blood clot and swelling develop in a vein, typically in your leg. The cause often is prolonged inactivity or bed rest.

Thumb arthritis

Thunderclap headaches


Head noise — also called ringing in the ears (tinnitus) — is common. Although often annoying, tinnitus is rarely a warning of a serious health problem.

TMJ disorders

TMJ disorders are painful conditions centered where your jawbone attaches to your skull. The pain may be temporary or chronic.

Tooth abscess

Tooth abscess — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this painful tooth condition.

Toxic hepatitis

Toxic hepatitis is liver damage that occurs when your liver isn't able to break down certain toxins — including common pain relievers such as Tylenol.

Transient global amnesia

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Traumatic brain injury

While mild traumatic brain injury generally results in few long-term problems, more severe injury can cause several physical, emotional, behavioral, communication and cognitive problems.

Tuberous sclerosis

Ulcerative colitis

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors of the uterus. Medical therapy and surgical procedures can shrink or remove uterine fibroids.

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal cancer is a rare cancer that typically occurs in older women.

Vascular dementia


Ventricular fibrillation

Vocal cord paralysis

Vulvar cancer


Wilms' tumor

Wilson's disease

Wrist pain

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

March 25, 2015