pneumonia

Pneumonia

When we were kids, Pneumonia was taken to mean “cold in the lungs.” The Igbos would say “oyi bara ya ahu,” which directly translates as “cold has entered his body/chest.” Thus during a cold weather, if you were running around playing without covering yourself up with a sweatshirt, your Moma will come yelling ” I …

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Polycystic ovary syndrome

Interesting Pcos case study

Click polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to read more about PCOS, its symptoms, treatment and management. This is a post discussing a pcos case study. Pcos case study The nurse’s initial review read “G3, P0+2, A0.” It was a form of medical shorthand used to summarize parity– a woman’s “reproductive career”. In this case it meant …

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why you should not ignore pain

Why you should not ignore pain

Do you know why you should not ignore pain when felt from any part of your body? Pain is often an indicator of an underlying tissue injury. It is mostly what draws the patient’s attention to an ongoing internal damage, early enough for him to seek help and hence get prompt intervention. Pain is thus …

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symptoms of down syndrome

Down Syndrome

In this post, we are going to discuss about down syndrome, its causes, types, features (symptoms), complications and risk factors. A case study They have been trying to have another child. But after they had their daughter 10 years ago, 5 years into their marriage, the road to that possibility had just been shut to …

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tia

TIA -A case study of mini-strokes following sexual intercourse

TIA– Transient Ischaemic Attack, is a temporary loss of certain brain functions due to transient narrowing, or occlusion, of blood vessels to the brain leading to transient oxygen deprivation in the brain. It may manifest as a motor phenomenon characterized by paralysis or paresis [weakness], slurring of speech, or deviation of the mouth to one …

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vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge

From experience gathered while clerking patients, both as a medical student, and now as a doctor; most ladies are clueless about Vaginal discharges, often mistaking the “normal” vaginal discharge as “abnormal”. Hence the question, “are you having a vaginal discharge?” is often met with the answer “yes.” However, when you probe further you realise, in …

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vaginal douching

Vaginal douching: Harmful Or Beneficial?

Is vaginal douching harmful or beneficial? There seem to be this unsettling myth about the apparent “uncleanliness” of the vagina making rounds among the female folks, and the need to keep it “clean”, whatever that means. In a bid to indulge this myth and keep the vagina “clean” most women resort to douching. What Is …

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incompetent cervix

Incompetent cervix

What is an incompetent cervix? An incompetent cervix which is otherwise called Cervical insufficiency is the inability of the uterine cervix — the “gate” to the womb, to retain pregnancy, that is to hold off the fetus from being expelled, in the second trimester, leading to “unceremonious” miscarriages. It is about the commonest cause of …

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stages of miscarriage

5 stages of a miscarriage

What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is the spontaneous, or unplanned expulsion of an embryo or foetus before the age of viability. The age of viability is the age at which a foetus if born, can survive and live independent of the mother. The age of viability in Nigeria is pegged at 28 completed weeks, …

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