Category Archives: Internal Medicine

Right-side Heart Failure and Ascites

Fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity (around the organs) is called "ascites".  The old-timey name for it was "dropsy".  Right-sided heart failure can certainly cause it.  There are other things that can cause it, as well.  Cancerous growths in the abdomen can secrete fluid.   The first sign of my mother's ovarian cancer was the fluid […]

Unusual reactions to vaccines and other things

An idosyncratic reaction is a reaction that is peculiar to one individual (or at least to a very small minority of patients). Some reactions might be called an "intolerance".  Everybody else can take this medicine, but it always makes me sick.  For example, the orthopedic surgeon gave me a sample of an anti-inflammatory medicine when […]