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Glossary of T system terminology for history

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Cardiac Catheterization
(angiogram) heart catheter for MI patients
Angioplasty
Reconstruction of a blood vessel, usually the heart
CARB (cardiac bypass)
Open heart surgery involving arterial transplantation
COPD (emphysema)
Lung problem resulting in shortness of breath, usually from smoking
Hysterectomy
Surgical removal of the uterus
Cholecystectomy
Surgical removal of the gall bladder
Appendectomy
Surgical removal of the appendix
TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate)
Procedure to remove prostatic tissure by cauterization or cryosurgery, performed using an endoscope passed throught the urethra
PE (pulmonary embolus)
A mass of undissolved matter (e.g. blood clot, tissue, air bubbles, bacteria) in the pulmonary artery or its branches
DVT (deep venous thrombosis)
Deep clot in the lower extremity
Pneumothorax
Collapsed lung
Endometriosis
Presence of functioning endometrial tissue outside of the uterus
Oophorectomy
Surgical removal of the ovaries
CVA (cerebral vascular accident)
"Stroke" blood suplly to the brain is restricted or absent due to hemorrhage or occlusion of a vessel
TIA (transient ischemic accident)
"minor stroke" where neurological function is regained with time
Craniotomy
Brain surgery (opening of the skull)
Stridor
Abnormal sounds caused by a spasm or partial occlusion of the airway on inspiration
Status epileptcus
Seizure which refuses to subside
Splinting
Not moving because of pain
Retractions
Sucking in between ribs, sternum, etc. during respiration
Lymphangitis
Infection traveling up lymphatic system
Pedal edema
Water retention in the foot/ankle area

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