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the return of symptoms after a remission.


(rē-kŭr'ĕns), Avoid the incorrect form reoccurrence.
1. A return of the symptoms, occurring as a phenomenon in the natural history of the disease, as seen in recurrent fever.
2. Synonym(s): relapse
3. Appearance of a genetic trait in a genetic relative of a proband.
[L. re-curro, to run back, recur]


/re·cur·rence/ (-ker´ens) the return of symptoms after a remission.recur´rent


Etymology: L, recurrere, to run back
the reappearance of a sign or symptom of a disease after a period of remission.


 Medtalk The return of Sx or of a tumor in the same site as the 1º tumor or in another location, after it had disappeared. See Extranodal recurrence, Implantation recurrence, Local recurrence, Marginal recurrence, Neurorecurrence, Regional recurrence, Transdiaphragmatic recurrence. Cf Remission.


1. A return of the symptoms in the course of a disease, following improvement or remission.
2. Synonym(s): relapse.
3. Appearance of a genetic trait in a relative of a proband.
[L. re-curro, to run back, recur]


The return of an active herpes infection following a period of latency.
Mentioned in: Cold Sore, Genital Herpes


1. Return of symptoms (recurrent fever).
2. Synonym(s): relapse.
[L. re-curro, to run back, recur]


n the reappearance of a sign or symptom of a disease after a period of remission.


the return of clinical signs soon after a remission.

recurrence risk
in genetics the probability of a particular defect occurring again if the type of mating which produced it is repeated.

Patient discussion about recurrence

Q. Is there any chances of breast cancer recurrence after mastectomy and to what extent? hi guys…..please clarify ……Is there any chances of breast cancer recurrence after mastectomy and to what extent?

A. Yes, there are chances of breast cancer recurrence. Every one out of 13 patient had a chance for it to recur within 10 years mostly at the same place. It can also spread to other parts even. Recurrence among the patients with breast removal is also found but its chances are very less and its risk reduces to below 80%.

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Under the partnership, QIAGEN has implemented the PAXgeneBlood ccfDNA Tube sample collection in Clinical Genomics' Colvera colorectal cancer (CRC) recurrence assay.
Endoscopic POR is generally considered to precede clinical recurrence and has been reported to occur in 58%-72% of patients within 1 year postoperatively (4).
1) Most patients diagnosed with BCa have non-muscle-invasive BCa (NMIBC), which carries a high risk of recurrence (up to 78% within five years of initial resection) and a risk of progression of up to 45% at five years from diagnosis.
5 months (3-114 months), remission was achieved in 73 (85%) patients and recurrent disease was observed in 13 (15%) patients, of which five patients had invasive recurrence and eight had borderline recurrence.
Kohorst said that there was a "significant effect of age on postoperative recurrence," with patients under age 30 having approximately a 50% chance of recurrence, compared with a 25% chance of recurrence in patients older than 50 years of age.
Conclusion: The recurrence is significantly less with the use of a drains after burr-hole drainage of chronic subdural haematoma.
1 The treatment of urethral stricture is usually not difficult but the problem lies in high rate of recurrence.
Studies reviewed by the ACP noted that increased fluid intake to achieve more than 2 L of urine per day decreased recurrence of symptomatic stones by nearly 55% over 5 years and decreased recurrence of asymptomatic stones by 85%.
Recurrence of stroke at 1 year was not different in patients with hypertension as compared to those without (18.