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Thoracotomy: Procedures and recovery

A thoracotomy is a type of surgery that is carried out on a person's chest. It is often used during the treatment of lung cancer.This article looks at the various uses of a thoracotomy, how the procedure works, and what the outlook is after…

Blood transfusions: Is there a limit?

Although blood transfusions can be lifesaving, can they be done too often? Is there a limit to how many blood transfusions a person can have? The answer to both questions is no.A blood transfusion is a common medical procedure. A…

What causes Fournier’s gangrene?

Fournier's gangrene is a sometimes life-threatening form of necrotizing fasciitis that affects the genital, perineal, or perianal regions of the body.Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious condition that kills soft tissues, often quickly,…

Serosanguineous drainage: Is it normal?

Serosanguineous is the term used to describe discharge that contains both blood and a clear yellow liquid known as blood serum.Most physical wounds produce some drainage. It is common to see blood seeping from a fresh cut, but there are…

What is pneumococcal meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Once infected, the membranes swell. Viruses are responsible for most cases of meningitis, but pneumococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria…

What are the symptoms of anaphylactic shock?

Anaphylaxis shock is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition caused by an allergic reaction. Many people use the terms anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock to refer to the same thing. Anaphylactic shock, however, is a…

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