The Spleen Image

Splenectomy is the term used to describe the surgical procedure of removing the spleen. The spleen plays an important role in the immune system and although the body copes well without a spleen, patients who have undergone the procedure need to take some precautions to maintain optimum health. Why Remove the Spleen? There are a […]

Neurological Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders are diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. Multiple Sclerosis Multiple sclerosis is a progressive and unpredictable chronic disease of the nervous system.  The disorder occurs when the protective sheath that covers […]

The Defibrillator

Photo of Defibrillator

A fibrillation can be described as muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibres acting without coordination. In the heart this is caused by the electrical charges that make the heartbeat become irregular and rapid. If untreated, fibrillation can lead to cardiac arrest, also known as myocardial infarction, and death. The defibrillator, if used as soon as […]

Body Planes and Directional Terms

Body Planes

As part of an Independent Medical Assessment, a specialist may be required to carry out a physical examination of the claimant.  When the specialist dictates the report, they will need to refer to the body and the location of its parts in precise detail.  In doing this they will use terminology of body planes.  They […]