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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nursing Review Glossary - G

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gastritis
Inflammation of the stomach and stomach lining.

gastroenteritis
Inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines that accompanies numerous GI disorders; characterized by anorexia, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.

gastrostomy
Opening created into the stomach.

gestational diabetes
The development of diabetes during pregnancy, usually during the second trimester.

gestational trophoblastic disease
Failure of an embryo to develop beyond a primitive state due to proliferation and degeneration of the trophoblastic villi becoming filled with fluid and appearing as grape-sized vesicles Also called a hydatidiform mole, molar pregnancy.

glaucoma
A group of eye diseases characterized by abnormally elevated pressure within the eye due to obstruction of the outflow of aqueous humor.

glomerular filtration rate
Rate at which the glomeruli in the kidneys filter blood (normally, 125 ml/minute).

glomerulonephritis
Inflammation of the glomeruli in the kidneys.

gout
A group of disorders associated with inborn errors of metabolism that affect purine and pyrimidine use; results in increased production of uric acid or interferes with its excretion. Manifested by hyperuricemia, recurrent acute inflammatory arthritis, deposition of urate crystals in the joints of the extremities, and uric acid urolithiasis.

Graham Steell's murmur
A pulmonary regurgitation murmur resulting from pulmonary hypertension; usually loud with a blowing quality and variable in duration, it’s heard best along the left sternal border over the third and fourth intercostal spaces.

granulation tissue
Tissue that develops during collagen production; capillaries form as budlike structures from nearby vessels, penetrating the wound, growing into loops, and providing a nutritional source for the newly generated tissue; the loops give the tissue a "granular" appearance.

Graves' disease
A disorder of the thyroid gland characterized by pronounced thyrotoxicosis usually associated with an enlarged thyroid gland, exophthalmos, or pretibial myxedema.

gravida
A pregnant woman.

gynecomastia
Enlargement and development of the mammary glands in men, usually temporary and benign.



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