a street drug from Russia that has been used as a substitute for heroin, according to news reports. It is reported to cause scaling, sores, and a rough appearance to the skin. The drug is reported to be synthesized from materials that one can obtain from pharmacies and home improvement stores; the finished product is injected intravenously. Some of the chemicals used to prepare the drug have apparently caused significant damage to the skin subcutaneous fat.
- Krukenberg tumor
A tumor of the ovary that is caused by the spread of metastatic cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, characteristically from the stomach.
Abbreviation for kidney, ureter, and bladder.
- KUB film
An abdominal X-ray that shows the kidney, ureter, and bladder.
- Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
Denial — Often denial is the first stage. “I can’t be dying. Not me.” Anger — As the disease worsens and denial becomes less possible, there may be anger. “Why me?” Bargaining — “If I do such and such, can I put off death for a while?” Depression — When the bargaining doesn’t work, depression […]
- Kussmaul breathing
Air hunger, or the rapid, deep, and labored breathing characteristic of patients with acidosis (excess acidity of tissues). For example, Kussmaul breathing is seen with the acidosis of diabetes mellitus that is seriously out of control. Treatment is directed toward controlling the underlying disease.