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Friday, October 17, 2008

Nursing Review Glossary - L

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Surgical removal of the bony arches of one or more vertebrae; performed to relieve spinal cord compression or to remove a displaced intervertebral disk.

lead poisoning
Poisoning caused by the ingestion or absorption of lead or one of its salts. Signs and symptoms include loss of appetite and weight, anemia, constipation, insomnia, headache, dizziness, irritability, a blue line at the margin of the gums, and peripheral neuropathy.

A feeling or condition of sluggishness, apathy, or inactivity.

Any disturbance in fat metabolism.

living will
A witnessed document indicating a client's desire to be allowed to die a natural death rather than be kept alive by heroic, life-sustaining measures. The will applies to decisions that will be made after a terminally ill client is incompetent and has no reasonable possibility of recovery.

The vaginal discharge present during the first several weeks after delivery.

lochia alba
A creamy white, brown, or colorless discharge consisting mainly of serum and white blood cells; typically stops flowing at about 6 weeks postpartum.

lochia rubra
Present during the first 3 to 4 postpartal days; it’s bloody and may contain mucus, tissue, debris, and small clots.

lochia serosa
A pink or brownish discharge persisting for 5 to 7 days postpartum.

Logan bar
Apparatus used to protect the surgical incision after cleft lip repair.

Logan bow
A wire U-shaped apparatus taped to both cheeks of an infant or toddler following cleft lip repair to protect the surgical site.

lumbar puncture
Fluid withdrawal from the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region of the spinal canal, usually between the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Also called spinal tap.

A diagnostic radiographic evaluation of lymphatic system filling after injection of a contrast medium into a lymphatic vessel of each foot or hand.

Edema of an arm or leg caused by the buildup of interstitial fluid as a result of lymphatic inflammation or obstruction or a lymph node disorder.

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