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  1. Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
    Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy: A procedure using laparoscopic techniques to remove the uterus (womb) and/or tubes and ovaries through the vagina (birth canal). Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy is often referred to, more concisely, by its abbreviation: LAVH. In LAVH, several sm...
  2. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed through several small incisions. The laparoscope, a small thin tube, is put into the abdomen through a tiny cut made just below the navel. The surgeon can then see ...
  3. Laparoscopic staging Laparoscopic staging
    Laparoscopic staging: A staging procedure for tumors of the abdomen using laparoscopy in combination with laparoscopic ultrasonography. The aim of laparoscopic staging is to prevent unnecessary laparotomies and avoid the trauma inherent in open surgery on the abdomen while providing accurate inform...
  4. Laparoscopy Laparoscopy
    Laparoscopy: A type of minimally invasive surgery in which a small incision (cut) is made in the abdominal wall through which an instrument called a laparoscope is inserted to permit structures within the abdomen and pelvis to be seen. The abdominal cavity is distended and made visible by the insti...
  5. Laparotomy Laparotomy
    Laparotomy: An operation to open the abdomen. The word "laparotomy" was first used to designate this operation in 1878 by an English surgeon, Thomas Bryant. The word has an interesting derivation. It was compounded from Greek roots "lapara" referring to "the soft parts of the body between the rib...
  6. Large bowel Large bowel
    Large bowel: Another name for the large intestine. The word "bowel" originated from the Latin "botulus" meaning "sausage."...
  7. Large cell carcinoma Large cell carcinoma
    Large cell carcinoma: A group of lung cancers in which the cells are large and look abnormal....
  8. Large intestine Large intestine
    Large intestine: Comes after the small intestine. Large because it is wider than the small intestine....
  9. Large saphenous vein Large saphenous vein
    Large saphenous vein: The larger of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The large saphenous vein goes from the foot all the way up to the saphenous opening, an oval aperture in the broad fascia of the thigh, a fibrous membrane through...
  10. Large-cell lymphoma Large-cell lymphoma
    Large-cell lymphoma: Cancer of the lymphatic tissue that is characterized by unusually large cells. See also lymphoma....
  11. Laribacter hongkongensis Laribacter hongkongensis
    Laribacter hongkongensis: A novel type of bacterium first isolated in Hong Kong in 2001 from the blood and empyema (pus in the chest) of a man with alcoholic cirrhosis. Laribacter hongkongensis has been associated with (but not yet proven to cause) community-acquired gastroenteritis and traveler's d...
  12. Laryngeal Laryngeal
    Laryngeal: Having to do with the larynx (the voice box)....
  13. Laryngeal dystonia Laryngeal dystonia
    Laryngeal dystonia: See: Spasmodic dysphonia....
  14. Laryngeal framework surgery Laryngeal framework surgery
    Laryngeal framework surgery: A surgical technique designed to improve the voice by altering the cartilages of the larynx (the voice box), which houses the vocal folds (the vocal cords) in order to change the position or length of the vocal folds. Laryngeal framework surgery is also called thyroplas...
  15. Laryngeal nerve palsy Laryngeal nerve palsy
    Laryngeal nerve palsy: Paralysis of the larynx (voice box) caused by damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve or its parent nerve, the vagus nerve, which originates in the brainstem and runs down to the colon. The recurrent laryngeal nerve supplies the larynx (voice box). The larynx will be para...