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Glossary

Oedema


Formerly know as dropsy

Abnormal collection of fluid in spaces between cells, especially just under the skin or in a body cavity (e.g., peritoneal cavity) or organ (e.g., the lungs - pulmonary oedema). Causes include injury, heart disease, kidney failure, cirrhosis, and allergy. Treatment depends on the cause but often involves bedrest, diuretics, and restriction of salt.