Literally, “cold therapy.” Cryotherapy, sometimes referred to as cryosurgery, is a procedure used to destroy tissue of both benign and malignant lesions by the freezing and re-thawing process. Liquid nitrogen is the most commonly used freezing source for cryotherapy. Examples of the uses of cryotherapy in medicine are the treatment (removal) of various types of skin lesions , the treatment of dysplastic (precancerous) tissue of the uterine cervix, and the treatment of some prostate cancers.
Another use of the term cryotherapy refers to the use of ice or cold packs applied to a part of the body after an injury to reduce inflammation.
Crypt: In anatomy, variously a blind alley, a tube with no exit, a depression, or a pit in an otherwise fairly flat surface. For example, the tonsillar crypts are little pitlike depressions in the tonsils.
Cryptic: Hidden. Cryptic tonsillitis is hidden within the depths of the tonsil. From the Greek “kryptos” meaning hidden or concealed.
Cryptitis: A term that is used to describe one of the abnormalities that is seen under the microscope when small intestinal or colonic tissue is examined. The intestinal crypts are tubular structures composed of cells that protrude from the inner lining of the intestines and into the walls of the intestines. These crypts contain the […]
Crypto: Popular name for both the parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, and the disease it causes, cryptosporidiosis.
Infection with fungus (usually in a yeast form) from the genus Cryptococcus, such as Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii. Cryptococcosis is generally a rare condition, but about 7%-15% of people with AIDS may acquire the infection. Infection is rare but can also occur in people with a normally functioning immune system. The infection can manifest […]