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herpetic whitlow a primary herpes simplex infection of the terminal segment of a finger, usually seen in those exposed to infected oral or respiratory secretions, such as dentists, physicians, or nurses. It begins with intense itching and pain, followed by the formation of deep coalescing vesicles. The process is associated with much tissue destruction and may be accompanied by systemic symptoms. A similar lesion may occur as a result of nail biting during the course of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis.
melanotic whitlow a malignant tumor of the nail bed characterized by formation of melanotic tissue.
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Purulent infection through a perionychial fold causing an abscess of the bulbous distal end of a finger.
Synonym(s): felon
[M.E. whitflawe]
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A painful purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail. Also called whitlow.
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Paronychia, whitlow, run-around A purulent infection in the tight fascial plane adjacent to the terminal intraphalangeal joint of the fingers or toes, due to an open wound; as the inflammatory mass expands within the confined space, the vascular supply is compromised, predisposing the site to osteomyelitis, pulp necrosis and sloughing of tissue; the pain is very intense and seemingly disproportionate with the scant amount of swelling and erythema clinically evident Treatment Drainage by incision directly over the site of maximum swelling; the term has also been applied to a localized painful herpetic skin infection 'seeded' in an open abrasion by contact exposure.
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A purulent infection or abscess involving the bulbous distal end of a finger.
Synonym(s): whitlow.
[M.E. feloun, malignant]
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For example, California, a state that permanently expels convicted felons from the jury process, requires that a potential juror complete a "juror affidavit questionnaire" (34) prior to becoming part of the venire.
An insurance producer that fails to obtain a consent or waiver before employing a convicted felon may be subject to regulatory action.
An abundant supply of jurors, particularly blacks, can be created by removing barriers to jury inclusion and allowing felons to participate in the process.
Like African-Americans, felons tend to skew left politically.
Ramirez that, indeed, the authors of the Fourteenth Amendment specifically wanted to deny felons the right to vote and it was a state's prerogative to do so if there was a compelling state interest.
Laws vary in other states, but voting rights are restored to felons in the vast majority of states upon completion of a sentence, including prison, parole and probation.
NO Felons shouldn't be allowed to vote until they have completed their sentences, paid restitution, and proved they've learned their lesson.
Estilles believe that the special prosecution program could spell the difference in the current trend of "zero conviction" among arrested felons in this city, Maguindanao, and other parts of Central Mindanao.
Currently, 11 states permanently ban some felons from voting.
Many states that opted to bar drug felons from SNAP for life when it was created in 1996 are now reversing course.
The felons managed to escape through a way nearby a hospital.