Diastasis recti (rectus diastasis) is a stretching of the linea alba with abnormal widening of the gap between the two sides of the rectus abdominus muscle (inter-recti distance).
The degree of widening needed for the diagnosis is controversial, with the degree of abdominal protrusion (rather t...
Although hepatoblastomas can be histologically classified into a variety of sub types, it is important to remember that with the possible exception of small cell undifferentiated sub type, prognosis is independent of histology when adjusted for stage gender and age 1.
A pseudocyst is an abnormal fluid-filled cavity which is not lined by epithelium. It is this fact that distinguishes it pathologically from a cyst, which is lined by epithelium.
Examples of pseudocysts are:
pseudocysts of the germinal matrix
Vitamin A (the retinoids) are a group of fat soluble vitamins required for many physiological functions, mainly vision, reproduction and epithelial maintenance. In the retina, a specific retinoid 11-cis-retinal is formed by photo-isomerisation within the rods and cones.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is a water soluble vitamin that is an important coenzyme for two reactions in the citric acid cycle (Kreb cycle). It therefore is vital for cellular ATP production, particularly in the central nervous system.
Pathological manifestations only occur with t...
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that is a coenzyme for the formation of the structure protein collagen, particularly creating cross-linking of collagen fibres which greatly increases its tensile strength. It also acts as an antioxidant.
Vitamin D (calciferol) is used to describe a group of five fat-soluble secosteroid vitamins required for the homeostasis of serum calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D exists in two main forms (vitamers) in humans: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).
Vitamin D3 acts by re...
Vitamin E (the tocopherols) are a group of fat-soluble vitamins that act as an antioxidant. Hypovitaminosis E is rarely seen outside premature infants. Hypervitaminosis E is extremely rare as vitamin E is the least toxic of all the vitamins.
Vitamin K is a family of fat-soluble vitamins essential for normal blood-clotting function and comprises two vitamers that are found naturally: phytomenadione (also known as phylloquinone or K1) and menaquinone (or K2).
Menaquinone is synthesised by normal flora in the intestine although the am...