Month: April 2020

Odynophagia

Odynophagia: Symptoms | Causes | Treatment,

Everything You Should Know About Odynophagia What is odynophagia? “Odynophagia” is the medical term for painful swallowing. Pain can be felt in your mouth, throat, or esophagus. You may experience painful swallowing when drinking or eating food. Sometimes swallowing difficulties, known as dysphagia, can accompany the pain, but odynophagia is often a condition of its own. …

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Orchiectomy

Orchiectomy: Procedure | Efficacy | Side Effects

What to Expect from an Orchiectomy What’s an orchiectomy? An orchiectomy is a surgery done to remove one or both of your testicles. It’s commonly performed to treat or prevent prostate cancer from spreading. An orchiectomy can treat or prevent testicular cancer and breast cancer in men, too. It’s also often done before sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) if you’re a …

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Penectomy

Penectomy for Penile Cancer: Procedure | Recovery | Complications

Penectomy for the Treatment of Penile Cancer Overview Penectomy is the surgical procedure to remove all or part of the penis. This procedure is mainly used as treatment against penile cancer. Penile cancer is a collection of malignant, or cancerous, cells either inside or on the surface tissue of the penis. Removing the penis is a …

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Wound VAC

Wound VAC Process: Benefits | Side Effects | Complications

What You Need to Know About Vacuum-Assisted Wound Closure (VAC) Overview Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is a method of decreasing air pressure around a wound to assist the healing. It’s also referred to as negative pressure wound therapy. During a VAC procedure, a healthcare professional applies a foam bandage over an open wound, and a vacuum pump creates negative …

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Scrupulosity

Scrupulosity: When Religious or Moral Beliefs Become OCD

Scrupulosity: When Religious or Moral Beliefs Become OCD If you’re obsessing about your ethics, it might not be such a good thing after all. It’s Not Just You “It’s Not Just You” is a column written by mental health journalist Sian Ferguson, dedicated to exploring the lesser-known, under-discussed symptoms of mental illness. Whether it’s constant …

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Z-Track Injection | Definition and Patient Education

Z-Track Injections Overview When a medication is injected directly into a muscle, it is called an intramuscular injection (IM). The Z-track method is a type of IM injection technique used to prevent tracking (leakage) of the medication into the subcutaneous tissue (underneath the skin). During the procedure, skin and tissue are pulled and held firmly …

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