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  • Symptoms

    Pilonidal sinus disease

    
There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the "flank" may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Pilonidal sinus disease is am inflammatory condition involving the hair follicles that can occur anywhere along the crease between the buttocks, which runs...

  • Disease

    Placenta abruption - definition

    The placenta is the organ that supplies food and oxygen to the baby during pregnancy. Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the wall of the...

  • Disease

    Placenta previa

    The uterus is exposed through the abdominal wall, and an incision is made in the uterine covering. The muscles of the uterus are separated, producing a hole for the delivery of the infant. The infant is delivered through the opening in the uterine wall, after which, the uterus is stitched closed.

    Placenta previa is a problem of pregnancy in which the placenta grows in the lowest part of the womb (uterus) and covers all or part of the opening to the...

  • Disease

    Placental insufficiency

    The placenta provides the fetus with oxygen and nutrients and takes away waste such as carbon dioxide via the umbilical cord.

    The placenta is the link between you and your baby. When the placenta does not work as well as it should, your baby can get less oxygen and nutrients from...

  • Disease

    Preeclampsia

    Preeclampsia is the development of swelling, elevated blood pressure, sudden and rapid weight gain and protein in the urine during pregnancy. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs in approximately 5% of the population.

    Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy.

  • Special Topic

    Pregnancy - health risks

    The ultrasound has become a standard procedure used during pregnancy. It can demonstrate fetal growth and can detect increasing numbers of conditions in the fetus including meningomyelocele, congenital heart disease, kidney abnormalities, hydrocephalus, anencephaly, club feet, and other deformities. Ultrasound does not produce ionizing radiation and is considered a very safe procedure for both the mother and the fetus.

    If you are trying to get pregnant, you should try to follow healthy habits. You should stick to these behaviors from the time you are trying to get pregnant...

  • Special Topic

    Pregnancy and the flu

    During pregnancy, it is harder for a woman’s immune system to fight infections. This makes a pregnant woman more likely to get the flu and other...

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    Pregnancy care

    Getting good care before, during, and after your pregnancy can help your baby grow and develop and keep you both healthy. It is the best way to be sure your...

  • Test

    Pregnancy test

    The qualitative urine human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test is a pregnancy test that can be performed at home by a woman to determine pregnancy.  To perform the test the woman places the test strip, which has a chemically sensitive substance, under her urine stream.  Within minutes the test reveals whether the woman is positive (pregnant), or negative (not pregnant).

    A pregnancy test measures a hormone in the body called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the...