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  1. Waardenburg syndrome Waardenburg syndrome
    Waardenburg syndrome is a group of inherited conditions characterized by deafness and partial albinism (pale skin, hair, and eye color). Causes Waardenburg syndrome is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning only one parent has to pass on the faulty gene for a child to be affected. There ...
  2. Walking abnormalities Walking abnormalities
    Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walk patterns, usually caused by diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spine, or inner ear. Considerations The pattern of how a person walks is called their gait. Many different types of walking abnormalities are produced unconsciousl...
  3. Wart removal Wart removal
    Question: Can warts be safely removed without seeing a dermatologist? Answer: Over-the-counter (OTC) medications containing salicylic acid are often effective in removing warts. These medications are usually a liquid that can be painted onto the wart, or a pad that is placed over the wart. An OTC de...
  4. Wart remover poisoning Wart remover poisoning
    Wart removers are medicines used to eliminate warts, which are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus. Wart remover poisoning occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally swallows or uses more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication. This is for informati...
  5. Warts Warts
    Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). They are generally harmless. However, warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt (particularly on the feet). The different types of warts include: Common wa...
  6. Wasp sting Wasp sting
    This article describes the effects of a wasp sting. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Se...
  7. Water in diet Water in diet
    Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. It is the basis for the fluids of the body. Function Water makes up more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body. Without water, humans would die in a few days. All the cells and organs need water to function. Water serves as a lubricant and is...
  8. Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
    Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome is adrenal gland failure due to bleeding into the adrenal gland. It is caused by severe meningococcal infection or other severe, bacterial infection. Symptoms include acute adrenal gland insufficiency and profound shock. It is deadly if not treated immediately. ...
  9. Watery eyes Watery eyes
    Watery eyes occur when there is too much tear production or poor drainage of the tear duct. Causes Tears are necessary for the normal lubrication of the eye and to wash away particles and foreign bodies. Causes of watery eyes include: Allergy to mold, dander, dust Blepharitis Blockage of the t...
  10. Wax blockage Wax blockage
    Wax blockage is an obstruction of the ear canal with wax (cerumen). Causes The ear canal is lined with hair follicles and glands that produce a waxy oil called cerumen. Ear wax protects the ear by trapping dust, bacteria and other microorganisms, and other foreign particles to prevent them from ent...
  11. WBC count WBC count
    A WBC count is a blood test to measure the number of white blood cells (WBCs). White blood cells help fight infections. They are also called leukocytes. There are five major types of white blood cells: Basophils Eosinophils Lymphocytes (T cells and B cells) Monocytes Neutrophils See also: Blood ...
  12. WBC scan WBC scan
    A white blood cell (WBC) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance (called a tracer) to look for areas of infection or inflammation in the body. See also: Nuclear scan How the Test is Performed Blood will be taken from one of your veins. White blood cells are separated from the res...
  13. Weakness Weakness
    Weakness is a reduction in the strength of one or more muscles. Considerations Weakness may be generalized (total body weakness) or localized to only one area, side of the body, limb, or muscle. Weakness is more notable when it is localized. Localized weakness may follow a stroke, flare up of multi...
  14. Webbing of the fingers or toes Webbing of the fingers or toes
    Webbing of the fingers and toes is called syndactyly. It refers to the connection of two or more fingers or toes. Webbing usually only involves a skin connection between the two areas, but in rare cases may involve the connection (fusion) of bones.  Considerations Syndactyly may be discove...
  15. Wegener’s granulomatosis Wegener’s granulomatosis
    Wegener's granulomatosis is a rare disorder in which blood vessels become inflamed, making it hard for blood to flow. Causes Wegener's granulomatosis mainly affects blood vessels in the nose, sinuses, ears, lungs, and kidneys, although other areas may be involved. The cause is unknown. It is though...