Abbreviation for kidney, ureter, and bladder.

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    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.

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    A slowly progressive fatal disease of the brain that is due to an infectious agent transmitted among people in Papua New Guinea by ritual cannibalism. Kuru is an infectious form of subacute spongiform encephalopathy and is caused by a tiny infectious particle called a prion. It appears to be similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (‘mad […]

  • Kveim test

    A skin test for detecting sarcoidosis, a disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation of body tissues, especially the lungs and skin. The Kveim test involves injecting a preparation derived from sarcoid tissue into the skin. A lump developing at the point of injection is a positive result. The test is named for Morten A. […]

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