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  • Test

    ELISA/Western blot tests for HIV

    Blood is drawn from a vein (venipuncture), usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. A needle is inserted into the vein, and the blood is collected in an air-tight vial or a syringe. Preparation may vary depending on the specific test.

    HIV ELISA/Western blot is a set of blood tests used to diagnose chronic (HIV).

  • Disease

    Esophageal atresia

    Esophageal atresia is a disorder of the digestive system in which the esophagus does not develop properly. The esophagus is the tube that normally carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

  • Disease

    Esophagitis - infectious

    Herpetic esophagitis is a herpes simplex infection causing inflammation and ulcers of the esophagus. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing and pain (dysphagia). Herpetic esophagitis can be effectively treated with antiviral medication if the person is not significantly immunodeficient.

    Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus — the tube that leads from the back of the mouth to the stomach. Infection in the esophagus may be due to: Fungi or yeast (most often Candida) Viruses, such as herpes or cytomegalovirus