Wedge Resection Procedure for Ingrown Nail

A wedge resection or Zadek procedure is one of the more radical methods of curing an ingrown toenail, but will result in a permanent cure of the problem in most cases, although there may be a recurrence in about 10% of patients. It is only performed if the nail is…

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Ventouse

A ventouse is a suction device that can be used instead of forceps to assist in the delivery of a baby during labour. The equipment consists of a small rubber cup about 8 cm. in diameter to which is attached a tube and a chain. The tube leads to a…

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Tonsillectomy

A tonsillectomy is an operation to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are lymph nodes, similar to those in the neck, armpit or groin, which lie in the throat on either side of the back of the tongue. They are made of lymphoid tissue, which is responsible for producing antibodies to…

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Trial Of Labour

In patients who have a large baby, small pelvis, a previous Caesarean section, unusual lie of the baby or some other slight abnormality of pregnancy, a trial of labour may be undertaken. This allows a woman to attempt a natural vaginal delivery while a medical team is readily available to…

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Stress ECG Test

Just like an ordinary pump, the heart is more likely to break down when it is called on to work too hard. Consequently, if you are suffering from chest pain and an electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded in the doctor’s surgery is normal, you may be asked to undergo an exercise ECG…

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Syphilis IgG Enzyme Immunoassay

The syphilis IgG enzyme immunoassay (syphilis EIA) is a very sensitive blood test for the presence of antibodies against Treponema pallidum, the bacteria that causes syphilis, but does not show if disease is active or dormant. The test is positive in the presence of syphilis antibodies.

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Skinfold Thickness

Special calipers can be used to measure the thickness of a fold of skin (skinfold thickness) on the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. This measurement can be used in conjunction with standardised tables that include height and weight measurements for each sex to calculate the total body fat of a…

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Stomach Balloon

A technique referred to as a stomach balloon is being used by a small number of specialist doctors, in which a tube with a deflated balloon at its end is swallowed. Once in the stomach the intragastric balloon is inflated to fill up approximately three-quarters of the stomach volume. The…

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Roux-En-Y

A surgical procedure in which the two parts of the intestine are attached to each other in a Y shape is called roux-en-Y. It can be performed in any part of the intestinal tract but is most commonly performed around the stomach. In cases of severe obesity, a roux-en-Y procedure…

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Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

A test for the prostate specific antigen (PSA) can be used to follow the success of treatment for prostate cancer and infection. If the levels drop, treatment is successful; if they increase, it is not. There has been a lot of controversy about the use of this test as a…

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