Amniocentesis Procedure / Test and Risks

Definition of Amniocentesis Procedure / test Amniocentesis is a diagnostic procedure to withdraw a sample of amniotic fluid from the uterus of a pregnant woman to obtain information about the health status of the fetus. Obstetricians use amniocentesis, typically performed during the second trimester of pregnancy, to help diagnose genetic disorders and health conditions of the developing fetus such as Down syndrome or spina bifida […]

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Chordee Definition and Information

Definition of Chordee Chordee is a congenital (present at birth) downward curvature of the penis. Chordee results from extra connective tissue that contracts the ventral surface of the penis, pulling the tip of the penis downward. Chordee typically occurs in conjunction with hypospadias, a congenital anomaly in which the opening of the urethra (the meatus) is on the underside of the penis rather […]

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Endometrial Hyperplasia – Definition, Types, Symptoms, Treatment

Definitin of Endometrial Hyperplasia An overgrowth of the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus. the thickened endometrium fails to slough during menstruation, thus continuing to accumulate. Often menstruation is minimal or intermittent. Endometrial hyperplasia in which cell DNA remains normal nearly always remains benign (does not become cancerous). Endometrial hyperplasia that consists of both abnormal cells and abnormal cell […]

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Gynecomastia – Breast Enlargement In a Man – Causes, Treatment

Definition of Gynecomastia Breast enlargement in a man. Gynecomastia may be a symptom of obesity or hormonal imbalance such as may occur during puberty or with various endocrine disorders that affect the production of testosterone. Advanced Cirrhosis, liver cancer, and chronic alcoholism often produce gynecomastia because the resulting dysfunction of the liver alters how the adipose (fat) cells […]

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Masturbation – Definition, Excessive Masturbation

Definition of Masturbation Touching one’s own body, and in particular the genitals, for sexual pleasure and typically to reach orgasm. Masturbation is a normal behavior most common among adolescents and young adults. Masturbation does not cause adverse health effects, either of the genitals or health in general. For several centuries myths have persisted that masturbation causes […]

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Ovarian Cyst – Symptoms, Rupture, Treatment and Removal

Definition of Ovarian Cyst and Definiton Ovarian Cyst  is a noncancerous, fluid-filled growth that forms within an ovary. Ovarian cysts are common and many are transient (come and go). The most common type of ovarian cyst is a follicular cyst, which develops in an ovarian follicle. Typically the follicle fills with fluid. Over time the fluid […]

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Premature Birth – Definition and Causes

Definition of Premature Birth The delivery of an infant before 37 weeks gestational age, also called preterm birth. Though viability is possible after 24 weeks, many fetal organ systems do not reach maturity sufficient for independent life until near full term. Sometimes there are warning signs of premature birth that allow the doctor to attempt to […]

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Sexual Health – Definition and Information

Definition of Sexual Health Measures men and women can take to experience sexuality in ways that support their physical and emotional well-being. A key factor for sexual health is overall health—nutritional eating habits, daily physical exercise, meditation or relaxation, adequate sleep, and adequate time for leisure or recreational activities. Sexual health further incorporates measures to […]

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VACTERL Syndrome / Association

Definition of Vacterl Syndrome The acronym for a constellation of birth defects that tend to occur in coincidence with each other. Doctors consider a baby who has three or more of the defects to have the VACTERL association, and will examine the baby closely for the other defects in the constellation. These defects include V: […]

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Amniotic Fluid – Definition, Informations, Levels

Definition of Amniotic Fluid The liquid that surrounds the developing fetus within the amniotic sac, a membranous structure that forms inside the uterus in pregnancy. The amnion, the inner membrane of the amniotic sac, begins producing amniotic fluid at about two weeks of gestation. The amniotic fluid, which is mostly water, cushions the fetus against changes in temperature as […]

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