Conditions

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

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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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Lobular carcinoma in situ

The information provided in this article was correct at the time of publishing. At Mediclinic we endeavour to provide our patients and readers with accurate and reliable information, which is

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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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