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This medical term glossary provides explanations in plain English of a number of technical terms you may encounter in the process of pursuing a clinical negligence claim.
Radial - Near the radius.
Radius - The outer bone of the forearm.
Raynaud's disease - Blood vessel in fingers go into spasm on exposure to cold for no apparent reason.
Raynaud's phenomenon - Similar to Raynaud’s disease but with an identified cause.
Recurvatum - Abnormal overextension of knee or elbow.
Reduction - Readjusting to normal position.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy - Pain associated with disturbances of blood flow and wasting of skin and muscle, which may follow trauma, inflammatory or arthritic conditions.
Renal - Of or relating to the kidney.
Resection - Any surgery removing part of the body.
Respiratory capacity - Lung capacity.
Retrograde amnesia - Memory loss applying to memories from before a traumatic incident.
Rheumatoid arthritis - Inflammatory joint disease causing disfiguration.
Right homonymous hemianopia - Loss of right side of vision.
Rigor mortis - Stiffening of muscles after death.
Romberg's sign - Balance test.
Rotation - Movement around the long axis of the hip, shoulder, or spine.
Rotator - Muscles that rotate a joint.
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