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Overview - Abscess Contents Overview Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Abscesses can develop anywhere in the body. This article focuses on two types of abscess: skin abscesses – which develop under the skin internal abscesses – which develop inside the body, in [...]


Overview - Abortion Contents Overview What happens Risks An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn't result in the birth of a baby. It's also sometimes known as a termination. The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure. One in three women will have [...]

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Overview - Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening Contents Overview FAQs Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there's a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy. This bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. It can be serious if it's not [...]

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Overview - Abdominal aortic aneurysm Contents Overview Treatment An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy. An AAA can be dangerous if it isn't spotted early on. It can get bigger over time and could [...]

Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening condition where the lungs can't provide the body's vital organs with enough oxygen. It's usually a complication of a serious existing health condition. Most people have therefore already been admitted to hospital by the time they develop ARDS. Symptoms of ARDS Symptoms of ARDS can include: severe shortness of breath [...]

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism A pulmonary embolism is a blocked blood vessel in your lungs. It can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. See a GP if: you...

Prader Willi Syndrome

Overview - Prader-Willi syndrome Contents Overview Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Management Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes a wide range of physical symptoms, learning difficulties and behavioural problems. It's...