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Health Information Encyclopedia Allergic reactions 04/28/2008
Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens , that are contacted through the skin, inhaled into the lungs, swallowed, or injected. Considerations: Allergic reactions are common. The immune response that causes an allergic reaction is similar to the response that causes hay fever. Most reactions happen soon after contact with an allergen. Many allergic reactions are mild, while others can be severe and life-threatening. They occur more often in people with a family history of allergies .
Health Information Encyclopedia Amputation - traumatic 07/29/2008
Loss of a body part Considerations: If an accident or trauma results in complete amputation (the body part is totally severed), the part sometimes can be reattached, especially when proper care is taken of the severed part and stump. In a partial amputation, some soft-tissue connection remains. Depending on the severity of the injury, the partially severed extremity may or may not be able to be reattached.
Health Information Encyclopedia Animal bites 06/09/2008
Bites - animals Considerations: If the bite is a puncture wound, it has a greater chance of becoming infected. Rabies is a rare but potentially deadly disease spread through the saliva of a rabid animal. If you believe an animal may be rabid, notify the proper authorities. DON'T go near an animal that may be rabid. Examples include a raccoon who is active during the day, a stray pet, an animal that is acting strangely, or one who bites unprovoked.
Health Information Encyclopedia Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury 07/17/2008
Cruciate ligament injury - anterior; ACL injury; Knee injury - anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) Considerations: The knee is essentially a modified hinge joint located where the end of the thigh bone (femur) meets the top of the shin bone (tibia). Four main ligaments connect these two bones: Medial collateral ligament (MCL) -- runs along the inner part of the knee and prevents the knee from bending inward.
Health Information Encyclopedia Anterior knee pain 05/05/2008
Runner's knee Considerations: The health care provider will perform a physical examination of the knee to confirm and assess the pain. Tests that may be performed to rule out possible structural damage to the knee or connective tissue include the following: Joint CT scan Joint x-ray MRI scan of the knee Causes: Common causes of runner's knee include rotation (pronation) and lateral (away from the middle) pulling of the kneecap.

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