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.Chronic conditions

(5 Posts)
IntotheNittyGritty Fri 10-Jun-11 01:49:38

Can someone please explain what is meant when a condition is referred to as Chronic
Thank you

ReadyToDrink Fri 10-Jun-11 01:59:19

Long-term / on-going.

IntotheNittyGritty Fri 10-Jun-11 07:34:28

are chronic diseases curable, or is it just ongoing maintenance for the rest of your life?

ReadyToDrink Fri 10-Jun-11 13:12:10

I'm not a doctor, but I think it's usually a case of maintenance rather than cure - but not always. It depends what it is, I think. You'd be better off starting a more specific thread, I think. I hope you're okay.

magso Sat 11-Jun-11 13:57:38

The word chronic in medical terminology IIRC means persistant or longer term ( or something that has developed slowly). As opposed to acute - something that starts suddenly. It does not mean it is severe or incurable. Most chronic conditions are managed, some come and go naturally. Sometime the word is used with a symptom - a chronic cough is a longstanding one, rather than a short lived one. I hope that helps. ( I am not a medic)

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