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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan (MRI Scan)

A radiology procedure that produces images of internal body structures and organs through the use of magnetism and radio waves. An individual is placed on a bed within the MRI scanner that is surrounded by a magnet. The magnet creates a strong field that aligns the body’s protons and exposes them to a beam of radio waves. During this process, a signal is created and detected by the MRI scanner. A computer then processes this signal and ultimately produces a detailed image of slight variations within the body.

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Meningitis

Inflammation of the meninges (layers of tissue) that surround the brain and spinal cord. Two main types of this condition include:

  • Viral meningitis – Infection to the layers of tissue of the brain and spinal cord caused by certain viruses.
  • Bacterial meningitis – Infection to the layers of tissue of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria. In most cases, this type of meningitis is more severe and even deadlier than viral meningitis.

Causes
Most cases of meningitis are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial and fungal infections also can lead to this condition. Examples of viral infections include herpes, mumps and measles. Examples of bacterial infections include Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis.

Symptoms
Symptoms of meningitis may appear suddenly and can include conditions like high fever, headache, nausea, stiff neck, sleepiness and abnormal changes in behavior.

Treatment Procedures
Since some types of meningitis can be deadly, it is imperative that anyone experiencing symptoms of meningitis should seek prompt medical attention. Treatment procedures can include taking anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, medications to control brain swelling and pressure and fluid replacement techniques.

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Meniscus Tear

An injury to one or more of the two C-shaped pieces of cartilage in each of the knee joints, attached to the leg bone (tibia).

Causes
Damage to the meniscus most often occurs from a twisting or over-flexing injury, but can also deteriorate or wear out because of age and repetitive movements. A common cause of meniscus tears occur from being involved in an automobile crash or motorcycle crash where a high amount of exertion is often placed on the knee.

Symptoms
A torn meniscus may cause symptoms that include pain and tightness in the knee, especially when it is twisted, rotated or compressed. Swelling and stiffness in the knee area, as well as a “popping” sound may also occur.

Treatment Procedures
Nonsurgical treatments, such as rest, ice and medication are sometimes enough to relieve the pain of a torn meniscus and let the injury heal naturally.

If the meniscus tear is more severe, surgery may be needed to sew it back together or graft other tendons or muscles to it.

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Microdiskectomy

A surgical procedure that involves removing fragments of herniated disc through a small incision. This is done to relieve the pressure that a herniated disk places on a spinal nerve.

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Multiple Sclerosis

A chronic, disabling disease of the central nervous system where the body causes injury to the sheath that covers the nerves of the central nervous system, causing them to degenerate.

There are several main types of multiple sclerosis:

  • Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis — A condition where symptoms suddenly reappear every few years and last for only a few weeks or months before going back into remission.
  • Primary progressive multiple sclerosis — A condition where there is no relapse or remission period and symptoms gradually worsen after first appearing.
  • Secondary progressive multiples sclerosis — A condition where there are multiple relapses and remissions, and each time symptoms progressively worsen.
  • Progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis — A condition where one or more relapse may occur, characterized by symptoms that gradually worsen after the first appearance.

Causes
The direct cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. However, researchers speculate that a foreign agent (such as a virus) may alter the immune system enough so that it perceives the sheath that covers the nerves as an intruder and attacks it.

Symptoms
With multiple sclerosis, the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged. As a result, functions that are controlled by the nervous system such as vision, speech, writing, and memory can be affected depending on the severity of the damage. Other symptoms can include dizziness, limb weakness, depression and muscle spasms.

Treatment Procedures
Treatment procedures most typically involve using certain drugs and medications to either slow the progression of the disease or improve the speed of recovery. If a person experiences a loss of function of a specific organ, certain medications can also be given directly aimed to lessen the symptoms.

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