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Quad Screen

A prenatal screening test that is typically performed between weeks 15 and 20 during pregnancy. It is done to measure the levels of four separate substances in the mother’s blood.

These substances include:

  • Alpha-fetoprotein
  • Human chorionic gonadotropin
  • Estriol
  • Inhibin A

These substances are either hormones made by the placenta or the baby’s liver.

Results of the quad screen indicate a mother’s risk of carrying a baby with developmental or chromosomal conditions.

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Quadriceps Strain

A partial tear of the muscle fibers that make up the quadriceps group located in the front of the thigh. This group consist of four muscles in each leg that run from the hips to the knees.

Causes
An individual can strain his quadriceps by enduring a direct blow to the area (such as being in a car accident), stretching the group of muscles past their point of flex or by suddenly straining the muscles when they are not ready to endure stress.

Symptoms
Symptoms of a quadriceps strain include pain and swelling in the quad area, tenderness in the leg and bruising on the thigh.

Treatment Procedures
To treat a quadricep strain, doctors will usually recommend that the patient get a lot of rest, resist putting strain on the area, elevate the leg, put heat and ice on the affected area, gently massage the muscles after the pain begins to recede and begin strength exercises as recommended by a health professional.

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Quadriceps Tendonitis

An inflammation of the tendons within the quadriceps group of muscles, located in the front of the thigh.

Causes
Quadriceps tendonitis is typically caused by overuse of the muscles, such as with impact sports and intense running regimen.

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Quadriplegia

An injury characterized by the paralysis (loss of muscle function and sensation) of both a person’s arms and legs.

This type of paralysis may be total or partial, depending on how much of the spinal cord is damaged.

Causes
This disorder is typically caused by injury to the spinal cord, especially if the area of the fifth to seventh vertebrae is affected. Quadriplegia can also stem from certain nerve diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms
Symptoms of quadriplegia include loss of muscle function and sensation below the level of injury and loss of firmness to the arm and leg muscles. An injured person may also experience cardiovascular complications, weakened bones, infection, low body temperature and depression.

Treatment Procedures
If a person has suffered from a spinal cord injury that causes quadriplegia, they must receive immediate medical attention in order to brace their spine. This is done to prevent further injury that can be caused by premature movement.

Recovering from a spinal cord injury is done through acute hospital rehabilitation techniques, such as physical therapy, mobility training with wheelchairs and counseling.

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Query Fever

A medical condition characterized by flu-like symptoms that is caused from a bacteria most commonly carried by animals. An individual can contract this bacteria by breathing in contaminated barnyard dust particles where infected animals are present.

If an individual has Acute Q Fever, his or her symptoms will generally clear up after a few weeks with no serious medical treatment. However, with Chronic Q Fever, individuals will need medical attention and antibiotic treatment.

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