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Immunotherapy

A type of biologic treatment that stimulates certain parts of the immune system to fight diseases. This is done by either stimulating an individual’s immune system in a way that makes it work better at fighting disease or by supplementing the immune system with man-made components to help make it stronger.

Immunotherapy seems to work best when treating smaller cancerous tumors that are in their early stage of development. Mostly, this type of therapy is often used alongside another type of treatment to help enhance its affects.

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Incontinence

The loss of bladder control which results in the inability to hold and control passage of urine or feces. Bladder control problems most commonly happen when muscles are too weak or too active. If the muscles that keep your bladder closed are weak, you may have trouble controlling urine when laughing or lifting heavy objects. If bladder muscles become too active, you may feel a strong urge to go to the bathroom when you have little urine in your bladder.

Symptoms
Depending on the type of incontinence you have, you may experience such symptoms as the urge to go frequently or the inability to stop.

Treatment Procedures
Many physicians can prescribe medications for individuals suffering with incontinence. If the condition is severe, surgical procedures are available to help fix the bladder muscles.

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Infarct

An area of dead or dying tissue produced by lack of blood flow and oxygen to or from that area. For example, myocardial infarctions is the death of heart muscle.

An infarct may occur when an artery is blocked by an obstruction, slowing or depleting the blood flow to a certain area of the body.

When an individual is involved in an accident, such as a motorcycle crash, he or she may have damaged arteries due to the injuries they sustain. As a result, blood flow can become restricted.

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Inguinal Hernia

A type of hernia that extends into the inguinal region of the body. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin—the area between the abdomen and thigh. It is called inguinal because part of the intestine slides through a weak area at the inguinal canal. It appears as a bulge on one or both sides of the groin.

Causes
There are two main types of inguinal hernias, indirect and direct. Indirect inguinal hernias are congenital hernias, that are much more common in males. Direct inguinal hernias are caused by connective tissue degeneration of the abdominal muscles, which causes weakening of the muscles during the adult years. It develops gradually because of continuous stress on the muscles.

Symptoms
Symptoms of inguinal hernia include a small bulge in one or both sides of the groin, discomfort or sharp pain when straining, lifting, or exercising and a burning or aching feeling at the site of the bulge.

Treatment Procedures
Adults who have severe inguinal hernias (ones that enlarge) are treated surgically. In infants and children, inguinal hernias are always operated on to prevent incarceration from occurring. The two main types of surgery for hernias include:

  • “Open” hernia repair. In open hernia repair, the surgeon makes an incision in the groin, moves the hernia back into the abdomen, and reinforces the muscle wall with stitches. Usually the area of muscle weakness is reinforced with a synthetic mesh or screen to provide additional support.
  • Laparoscopy. The surgeon makes several small incisions in the lower abdomen and inserts a laparoscope—a thin tube with a tiny video camera attached to one end. While viewing the hernia on a monitor, the surgeon uses instruments to carefully repair it using synthetic mesh.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Disturbance in the functions of the intestine from unknown causes. It is also referred to as spastic colon or functional bowel syndrome. Symptoms generally include abdominal discomfort and an alteration in bowel activity. Many individuals also experience an inability to keep certain foods down and pain in their stomach and chest. Because their is no known cause of irritable bowel syndrome, doctors have a hard time treating patients with the condition. Although certain medications may help, some individuals find better results by not eating certain foods.

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