Diseases & conditions A-Z List
Diseases & Conditions A-Z List - «F»:
Fecal smear is a laboratory test to check a stool sample for microscopic organisms that can cause diseases in the digestive tract.
How the Test is Performed
A stool sample is needed.
There are many ways to collect the sample. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the t...
Feeding disorder of infancy and early childhood
A feeding disorder of infancy or early childhood is the failure of a young child to gain weight over time because he or she does not take in the proper amount of nutrients. However, no medical condition is causing the problem.
See also: Poor feeding in infants
Feeding disorders are diagnose...
Feeding tube - infants
A feeding tube is a small, soft, plastic tube placed through the nose (NG) or mouth (OG) into the stomach. These tubes are used to provide feedings and medications into the stomach until the baby can take food by mouth.
WHY IS A FEEDING TUBE USED?
Feeding from the breast or bottle requires strength ...
Feeding tube insertion - gastrostomy
A gastrostomy feeding tube insertion is the placement of a feeding tube through the skin and the stomach wall, directly into the stomach.
Gastrostomy feeding tube insertion is done in part using a procedure called endoscopy. For information on how this procedure is done, see: Esophagoga...
Felty syndrome is a rare disorder that involves rheumatoid arthritis, a swollen spleen, decreased white blood cell count, and repeated infections.
The cause of Felty syndrome is unknown. It is more common in people who have had rheumatoid arthritis for a long time. People with this syndrome ...
The female condom, like the male condom, is a barrier device used for birth control.
The female condom protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. However, it is not thought to be as effective for protecting against STDs as the male condom.
Female pattern baldness
Female pattern baldness involves a typical pattern of hair loss in women, due to hormones, aging, and genes.
A hair grows from its follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests, and then falls out. A new hair soon begins growing in its ...
Female sexual dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction in women may involve a reduction in sex drive, a strong dislike of sexual activity, difficulty becoming aroused, inability to achieve orgasm, or pain with sexual activity or intercourse.
Traditionally, sexual dysfunction in women was thought to be largely due to ps...
A femoral hernia is the sticking out of a part of the intestine through a weakening in the abdominal wall near the thigh.
A hernia occurs when abdominal contents, usually part of the small intestine, push through a weak point or tear in the thin muscular wall of the abdomen that holds the a...
Femoral hernia repair
Femoral hernia repair is surgery to repair a hernia near the groin or upper thigh. A femoral hernia is tissue that bulges out of a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Usually this tissue is part of the intestine.
In surgery to repair the hernia, the tissue is pushed back in, and the weakened area is s...
Femoral nerve dysfunction
Femoral nerve dysfunction is a loss of movement or sensation in the leg due to nerve damage.
See also: Peripheral neuropathy; Mononeuropathy; Mononeuritis multiplex
The femoral nerve is located in the leg. It supplies the muscles that help straighten the leg. It provides feeling (sensation)...
Femur fracture repair - discharge
You had a fracture (break) in the femur, also called the thigh bone, in your leg. You may have needed surgery to repair the bone. You may have had surgery called an open reduction. Your surgeon used special metal devices to hold your bones in place while they heal. These devices are called internal ...
A fenestration is an opening or window. For example, one surgical treatment for hearing problems is to make an artificial opening, or a fenestration, in a certain part of the ear. Fenestration was once used to treat otosclerosis, an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear that causes hearing loss, bu...
Fenoprofen calcium overdose
Fenoprofen calcium is a type of medicine called a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Fenoprofen calcium overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication.
This is for information only and not for use in the treatm...
Ferritin is a protein found inside cells that stores iron so your body can use it later. A ferritin test indirectly measures the amount of iron in your blood.
The amount of ferritin in your blood (serum ferritin level) is directly related to the amount of iron stored in your body.
How the Test is P...