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Wermer’s syndrome
Is a rare inherited genetic defect that produces hyperplasia or malignant tumors in the parathyroid glands, pituitary glands and the pancreas. These tumors (usually benign) cause the glands to secrete high levels of hormones, which can lead to medical problems, such as kidney stones, fertility problems, and severe ulcers. In some cases, tumors inside the pancreas can become cancerous. Also called multiple endocrine adenomatosis or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 syndrome. (MEN-1)
Whipple procedure
A type of surgery used to treat pancreatic cancer. The head of the pancreas, the duodenum, a portion of the stomach, and other nearby tissues are removed.
White blood cells (WBC)
General term for a variety of cells responsible for fighting invading germs, infection, and allergy-causing agents.The white blood cells include neutrophils, eosinophils,basophils,monocytes, macrophage and lymphocytes.
White blood count (WBC)
The actual number of white blood cells seen in a blood sample.
Wireless capsule endoscopy
Wireless capsule endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure in which a small capsule containing a video camera, light, transmitter, and batteries is swallowed and passed through the GI tract while video recording the mucosa of the small bowel. These images are transmitted by a radiofrequency signal to a data recorder attached to the patient’s waist. After approximately eight hours the capsule is excreted and the recorded data is downloaded to a computer where, with the use of software, it can be viewed, edited and reported. Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is intended for patients with small bowel disease who have obscure bleeding, in addition to GI symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and whose diagnosis remains unknown following standard radiology and endoscopy.