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The lower leg has two bones: the tibia and the fibula. The tibia is the larger bone, sometimes called the "shin bone." The shin portion is also called the tibial shaft . Fractures of the shaft often heal with an angle. In the past, these fractures were treated with a cast, but now surgery is used. Surgery results in less angulation. Doctors at a large hospital in England studied 164 cases of tibial fracture from over 30 years ago. All had been treated with a cast. The doctors X-rayed all the patients and remeasured the angle of the healed bone. These findings were compared with patients' current status. The long-term outcome after a tibial shaft fracture was good for most of the patients. There were mild symptoms of knee and ankle pain and arthritis. However, these were not caused by the previous fracture. In a small number of patients, fracture in the upper part of the tibia (closer to the knee) resulted in more wear and tear on the knee joint. A 30-year study of the alignment of the tib...
One non-pharmacologic remedy for erectile dysfunction is the penile vacuum tumescence pump or "penis pump." This device is sold in pharmacies and by prescription from your doctor. The pump is a cylindrical tube that is closed at one end. A pumping device, sometimes similar to the pump of a blood pressure cuff, is attached to the cylinder. The tube is placed over the penis and held firmly to the base of the penis. Pumping the device creates suction within the tube, thus drawing blood into the penis. A constriction band (rubber-band-like ring) is then placed at the base of the penis to prevent the blood from leaving. There are obvious limitations to this treatment option. First, the process does take time and may interrupt the natural sexual interaction between the couple. Most often this device is given to men in stable relationships whose partner has a knowledge and understanding of the man's problem. It does, however, allow the patient, if successful, ...
We sometimes get questions from our members about white spots on the skin and whether this is an indication of skin cancer, for example:
Kayla writes , “I have white spots that are spreading from my neck, back, arms, chest and belly…help me.”
Chic writes , “I have a small area of white skin under my lower eyelid…HELP!”
Trevor writes , “How do I know the type of skin cancer I have because I have white spots at the corner of my eyes and the beds of my fingers?”
It is important to notice any changes in your skin, including changes in color, and to bring these changes to the attention of your doctor for a skin cancer screening. However, white spots only rarely indicate skin cancer.
Causes of White Spots
White spots, or patches, on your skin are usually caused by either vitiligo or tinea versicolor. Eczema can also sometimes cause white patches.
Vitiligo destroys cells that produce pigment for your skin. Althoug...
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