January 1, 2013

She Died of Dropsy 1859

What is dropsy??  The term is now obsolete and really does not describe a cause, but rather a condtion.  Dropsy refers to edema -- an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin or within a cavity of the body. The cause of this condition, however, is not identified by the term dropsy.

In most cases edema would the result of congestive heart failure or failure of the liver or kidneys. So, if you are reviewing family health/medical issues and are concerned about ancestral causes of death, this designation won't help you much.

Just thought you should know.

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