(PEJ) A surgical procedure for placing a feeding tube into the jejunum (part of the small intestine) without having to perform an open laparotomy (an operation opening the abdomen). The aim of PEJ is to feed a patient who cannot swallow. PEJ may be done by a surgeon or gastroenterologist (GI specialist).
- Percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PNL)
A technique for removing large and/or dense stones and staghorn stones. PNL is done via a port created by puncturing the kidney through the skin and enlarging the access port to 1 cm (about 3/8 inch) in diameter. There is no surgical incision. PNL is done under anesthesia and real-time live x-ray control (fluoroscopy). Because […]
- Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
Cholangiography, percutaneous transhepatic.
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
The use of a balloon-tipped catheter to enlarge a narrowed coronary artery. Abbreviated PTCA.
The male head of the family; the father figure. Paterfamilias is the Latin for father of the household. It is compounded from pater (father) + familias, which comes from familia (household), from famulus (servant, slave). The feminine counterpart is the materfamilias.
1. Pertaining to the father as, for example, a paternal age effect. 2. Related through the father as, for example, the paternal grandparents. 3. Inherited from the father as, for example, the paternal X chromosome.