The condition when the mobility of the joints is limited: they bend with difficulty and pain, is called contracture. This violation is characteristic of many ailments. What if this happened? Why can not you “tear” the ossified joint or, conversely, leave it motionless for a long time? Readers Medpulse meets the trauma surgeon, Ph.D. Lev Ustimenko.
Contractures result from illness or after injuries. The most common non-traumatic diseases causing contractures are age-related ailments: arthritis and arthrosis. But other diseases also lead to joint stiffness: stroke, lack of blood supply and muscle inflammation, damage to peripheral nerves, and even … hysteria.
Therefore, it is impossible to cure any persistent contracture without a diagnosis! However, in parallel with the treatment of the underlying ailment, which is always selective, there are common ways to combat contractures. Continue reading
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Just think, what is the importance – to donate blood correctly! But still, there are some subtleties in this matter. Before donating blood for analysis, it is necessary to learn a number of rules, without which an accurate result is impossible. So how do you do it right? Readers of MedPulse are advised by laboratory diagnostics doctor Alla Snegireva.
Why from a vein?
To take blood from a finger, of course, is not so scary and not so painful. But most often venous blood is taken for laboratory research. The exception is a narrow range of clinical tests, for example, a general blood test. If you need to conduct a biochemical study or determine the level of hormones, then you will need at least 2 ml of blood, and such an amount can be collected only from a vein. Finger blood sampling is sometimes allowed for general analysis in children. Continue reading
Are you planning a digestive exam? The exact diagnosis often depends on the correct behavior of the patient. We’ll have to starve for eight or even ten hours. For some, such limitations are a great test. The essence of the methods of gastroscopy and ultrasound of the abdominal cavity and the rules for preparing for them are told by endoscopist Maxim Punutyan.
Do not eat 8-10 hours
During gastroscopy, the doctor examines the upper sections of the gastrointestinal tract: the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using a special device – an endoscope. It is a long thin flexible tube with a diameter of about 2 cm with a lens at the end. The image is transmitted through a special fiber to the eyepiece into which the doctor is looking. In order for the gastroscopy procedure to proceed correctly, the following recommendations must be observed. 2-3 days before the study, it is necessary to abandon the use of spicy dishes and strong alcoholic drinks. It is very important that the patient should not eat or drink for 8-10 hours before gastroscopy. Continue reading