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Amyloid Plaques Characteristic waxy deposits of amyloid found in primary AMYLOIDOSIS, the cause of which is unknown. Amylose The name applied to any carbohydrate of the starch group. Amyotrophy Loss of muscle bulk and strength caused by a disorder of the nerve that supplies the muscle. The loss is progressive and characterises chronic NEUROPATHY. Patients with DIABETES MELLITUS and MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE (MND) often suﬀer from amyotrophy as well as spasticity (see SPASTIC) of muscles. Anabolic Steroids The nitrogen-retaining eﬀect of ANDROGEN, a steroid hormone, is responsible for the larger muscle mass of the male.
Allergen Any substance – usually a protein – which, taken into the body, makes the body hypersensitive or ‘allergic’ to it. Thus, in hay fever, the allergen is pollen. ) Allergic Rhinitis See HAY FEVER. Allergy A term generally used to describe an adverse reaction by the body to any substance ingested by the aﬀected individual. Strictly, allergy refers to any reactions incited by an abnormal 25 immunological response to an ALLERGEN, and susceptibility has a strong genetic component. Most allergic disorders are linked to ATOPY, the predisposition to generate the allergic antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) to common environmental agents (see ANTIBODIES; IMMUNOGLOBULINS).
Male baldness may be modiﬁed slightly by long-term use of minoxidil lotion, or improved permanently by various types of hair-follicle grafting of transplants from the occipital scalp. Female balding may be amenable to antiandrogen/oestrogen regimens, but severe forms require a wig. Alopecia Areata Alopecia areata is a common form of reversible hair loss which may be patchy, total on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes, or universal on the body. The onset is sudden at any age and the aﬀected scalp-skin looks normal.