Rubella
Rubella (from Latin "little red", aka German measles, 3 day measles) is a disease caused by the rubella virus. Known as "German" measles because it was first described by German doctors. [faq]What...
Height
Height is the distance from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet whilst standing. Ht is shorthand for Height. Length (L) is used for infants reflecting that they cannot...
Pregnancy ultrasound
Pregnancy ultrasound is the use of ultrasonography in pregnancy, where sound waves are used to create real-time visual images of the developing embryo/fetus in the mother's uterus/womb. Purpose Check for multiple fetuses Assess...
Asystole
Asystole (aka flatline) is the state of no cardiac electrical activity, hence no contractions of the myocardium, and no cardiac output or blood flow. Cause H's and T's, including: Hypovolemia Hypoxia Hydrogen ions (acidosis) Hypothermia Hyperkalemia, or...
Hemangioma
Hemangioma (from Greek "hem" meaning "blood", "angio" meaning "vessel", and "oma" meaning "tumor") is a benign and usually self-resolving/reducing swelling/growth of endothelial cells that line blood vessels, where there are increased...
Group and hold
Group and hold (aka group and screen, G&S, or type and screen) are tests conducted prior to blood transfusion. [faq]What's group and hold? Tests done before a blood transfusion. What's a blood transfusion? Where you get...
Fever
Fever (aka pyrexia) is an elevated body temperature above the normal range of 37 ± 0.5°C, i.e. >37.5°C. [faq]I know fever means you're hot, but what does hot mean? Normal temperature is 0.5°C...
Muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper locomotion (walking or movement). Sx It is characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins,...
Grasp
Grasp is an act of taking, holding, or seizing firmly, with (or as if with) the hand. An example is the handshake, where 2 people grasp one of each other's...
Mittelschmerz
Mittelschmerz (German for "middle pain") is a mid-cycle abdominal pain, occurring around the time of ovulation, that occurs sometimes every cycle, some intermittently. Sx Lower abdominal and pelvic pain Occurs roughly midway through...
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