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Fabry's Disease

Fabry's disease is a rare condition that affects the body's ability to break down and use a fat called globotriaosylceramide, causing it to build up in the tissues of the body. These fatty deposits can occur anywhere in the body and may ...

Facet Joint Syndrome

The facet joints are the connections between the bones of the spine. The nerve roots pass through these joints to go from the spinal cord to the arms, legs and other parts of the body. These joints also allow the spine to bend and twist,...

Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy in Children

FSHD is a rare genetic muscle disease that affects the muscles of your child’s face, shoulders, upper arms, and lower legs.

Failed Back and Failed Fusion Syndrome

After any spine surgery, a percentage of patients may still experience pain. This is called failed back or failed fusion syndrome, which is characterized by intractable pain and an inability to return to normal activities. Surgery may be...

Failure to Thrive (FTT) in Children

Failure to thrive (FTT) is slow physical development in a baby or child. It's caused by a baby or child not having enough nutrition.

Fallopian Tube Cancer

In the past, fallopian tube cancer was considered one of the rarest gynecologic malignancies, but recent evidence suggests cancers arising from the lining of this organ may be responsible for a significant subset of cancers initially ...

Familial Arrhythmia Syndromes

The heart muscle is responsible for circulating blood throughout the body. When the heart does not operate as it is supposed to and develops an irregular or abnormal rhythm, the condition is known as an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited genetic condition that is present from birth (congenital) and causes high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), sometimes known as "bad cholesterol." These high levels of LDL cholesterol ...

Fanconi Anemia in Children

Fanconi anemia is a blood disorder. With this condition, the bone marrow doesn't make enough blood cells. Or it makes defective blood cells.

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence means that you are not able to hold your bowel movements (feces or stool) within your rectum until you get to a toilet. Read on to learn more about this condition, from diagnosis to treatment and complications.

Femoral Anteversion in Children

Femoral anteversion is an inward twisting of the thighbone (femur). This health problem causes a child's knees and feet to turn inward. The child may have a pigeon-toed appearance.

Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery

Femoral popliteal bypass surgery is used to treat blocked femoral artery. The femoral artery is the largest artery in the thigh. It supplies oxygen-rich blood to the leg. Blockage is due to plaque buildup or atherosclerosis. ...

Femur Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

Open reduction and internal fixation is a surgery used to treat a broken thigh bone. Orthopedic surgeons reposition the fractured bone pieces during surgery, so that they are back in their proper alignment, and physically reconnect the ...

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

A baby born to a mother who drinks alcohol during pregnancy can have many problems. This is called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Fetal Blood Sampling

Fetal blood sampling is a procedure to take a small amount of blood from an unborn baby (fetus) during pregnancy. Fetal blood sampling is usually done by a perinatologist with special training. This is a doctor who specializes in the ...

Fetal Growth Restriction

Fetal growth restriction is a condition in which an unborn baby is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy (gestational age).

Fetal Heart Monitoring

Fetal heart rate monitoring measures the heart rate and rhythm of your baby (fetus). This lets your healthcare provider see how your baby is doing.

Fetal Monitoring

In pregnancy and during labor, your healthcare provider will want to check the health of your unborn baby (fetus). This is done by checking the baby’s heart rate and other functions. Monitoring can be done on the outside of your belly ...

Fetal Movement Counting

Fetal movement counting is a way to check the health of a woman’s unborn baby (fetus). It’s often called kick counting. It’s done by counting the number of kicks you feel from your baby in the womb in a certain time period.

Fetal Ultrasound

Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy to create an image of the baby in the mother's womb (uterus).


A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. It usually means there is an abnormal process occurring in the body.

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing

A fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) test is a procedure used to assess how well you swallow. During the procedure, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) passes a thin, flexible instrument through your nose. Then the SLP views ...

Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) occurs when cluster of cells develops inside the blood vessel walls, causing it to narrow or bulge and restricting blood flow. These bulges can cause the blood vessels to appear "beaded" as multiple growths ...

Fibromuscular Renal Artery Stenosis

Fibromuscular renal artery stenosis is a narrowing of the arteries that lead to the kidneys, also known as the renal arteries, and occurs as part of the condition known as fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD).


Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs.

Fibromyalgia in Children

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect the neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms, and legs.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common rheumatoid disorder of the muscles and bones that does not involve the joints. FMS causes pain and fatigue, and people with FMS feel as if their muscles have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes ...

Fibrous Dysplasia

Fibrous dysplasia is a chronic disorder in which an abnormal development of fibrous tissue causes bones to expand. Any bone can be affected. More than one bone can be affected at any one time, and, when multiple bones are affected, it is...

Fifth Disease in Children

Fifth disease is a viral illness that causes a rash. It occurs most often in the winter and spring.

First Trimester Screening

First trimester screening combines fetal ultrasound and blood tests for the mother. It's done during the first trimester of pregnancy, during weeks 1 to 12 or 13. It can help find out the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects.

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