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MedCon 15

The following activity is for the "key terms" in chapter 15 of your textbook.

Amnesia loss of memory
Aura symptoms occurring at the onset of a partial epileptic seizure or migraine headache; it may be tingling of the fingers, ringing in the ears and visual disturbances
Carotid endarterectomy surgical intervention to remove plaque in the carotid arteries to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of a thrombus
Cauterization the electrical burning of tissue to stop bleeding; used most frequently during surgery to stop bleeding from vessels
Cephalalgia headache
Chorea a constant, jerky, uncontrollable movement
Convulsion an abnormal muscle contraction; a violent spasm or jerking of the face, trunk or extremities
Decompress a release of pressure
Dysphasia difficulty speaking
Epidural between the skull and the dura matter
Grand mal a term applied to seizures that are the type most often thought of as epilepsy; these seizures are characterized by convulsions, loss of consciousness, urinary and fecal incontinence and tongue bitting
Hemiparesis weakness or paralysis affecting one side of the body
Hydrophobia fear of the water
Hypothermia a significantly low body temperature
Intractable difficult to stop or control
Nuchal rigidity a stiffness in the neck that resists bending the neck forward or sideways
Paraplegia a loss of movement and feeling in the trunk and both legs
Paresthesia abnormal sensation, burning, tingling, or numbness
Petit mal a term applied to a type of seizure; these seizures consist of a brie change in the level of consciousness without convulsions; the involved individual may show symptoms of blank staring, blinking, and/or twitching of the eyes or mouth
Quadriplegia a loss of movement and feeling in the trunk and all four extremities with the accompanying loss of bowel, bladder and sexual function
Seizure a sudden onset or attack but the term is commonly used to indicate a convulsive seizure as occurs in epilepsy
Spinal stenosis the condition of narrowing of a nerve root opening in the spinal column
Status epilepticus a life
Subdural between the outer (dura mater) layer and the middle (arachnoid) layer of the meninges
Created by: jillcyr