Dermatome

This word, translated from the Greek, means a cut (tome*) through the skin (derma).
Used literally, it is the name given to a special knife, used

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Dermoid

This is a tumour which is made up of skin tissue that has become displaced, during embryonic development, and that has come to lie inside

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Dura

This is the outer, most prominent and the toughest of the three different membranes that invest the brain and spinal cord. It also forms the

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Duraplasty

A surgical manoeuvre where the dura is opened and then repaired, usually with some form of patch, in a manner designed to increase the volume

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Glossary

The Charity appreciates that hospital specialists will almost inevitably use some medical jargon at times, even when they are trying to explain medical matters in lay terminology. The table below lists many of the medical terms that are likely to be used, from time-to-time, by doctors, when they are talking to patients, or in composing medical correspondence. It is hoped that our explanation of the meaning of these terms throws at least some light on matters.

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Autumn Meeting

The Autumn 2023 Meeting was a great success with old friends meeting up again and new friendships being made.

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