Conditions

This extensive section details everyday conditions and medical procedures from cardiology to diabetes to speech therapy.

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Conditions

Tuberculosis [infographic]

The leading cause of death and how to prevent it.

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Tinnitus

If your ears are ringing right now you may have a common condition called tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.

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Sleep disorders

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling exhausted. Read more about obstructive sleep apnoea and how it’s treated.

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Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine, from occasional leaking to uncontrollable wetting. Find out more about causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. Description Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss

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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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Antibodies/Immunoglobulins

Immunoglobulins are proteins which are found in blood or bodily fluids, and are used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign objects, such as bacteria and viruses. What

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Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis refers to longstanding inflammation of the pancreas that leads to irreversible glandular destruction, and affects the pancreas's ability to function normally. CHRONIC PANCREATITIS Chronic pancreatitis refers to longstanding

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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Sleep disorders

Normal sleep is when people achieve a state of inactivity and are unaware of their environment. It is usually uninterrupted and assists to rejuvenate the mind, but sleep disorders alter

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Paget’s disease of bone

Paget’s disease of bone was first described by Sir James Paget in 1846. It is a rare disease affecting only 2-3 percent of the population over 60 years. It is

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Acute pancreatitis

Introduction Acute pancreatitis is regarded as a medical emergency and refers to inflammation of the pancreas. It is characterised by a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain radiating to the

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Headlice

Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are about the size of a sesame seed, and can easily be seen, although they hide quickly when exposed to light. Head lice (Pediculus humanus

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Kartagener’s Syndrome

A chronic lung disease which is a rare genetic disorder of the cilia of the lung cells, which are absent or abnormal and unable to move in the full syndrome.

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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs)

HPV is a very contagious sexually transmitted infection. The most common way to get HPV is by skin-to-skin contact during oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has HPV.

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Facial nerve palsy

Facial nerve palsy usually refers to a fairly sudden onset of weakness of one side of the face. The cause is unknown, possibly viral, and most cases clear up within

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Mal de Barquement syndrome

A little-known disorder of balance, causing an illusion of continuing movement, lasting weeks or months, even years. Summary A little-known disorder of balance, causing an illusion of continuing movement, lasting

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Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a medical condition of the uterus (womb) where glands (adeno), that usually appear in the endometrium (lining of the uterus), occur deeper in the muscle layer (myo). It

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Retts syndrome

A severely disabling genetic disorder of neurological development, sometimes confused with autism. What is it? A serious and complex genetic developmental disorder occurring almost always in girls. A child who

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Analgesic nephropathy

Summary An analgesic is any medicine intended to relieve pain (any painkiller). Painkillers present no danger for the majority of people when taken at the recommended dosage. Analgesic use is

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