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A term applied to the anatomic constriction to the left renal vein or to the uncinate process of the pancreas as they pass between the aorta and the root of the superior mesenteric artery. See: nutcracker syndrome.
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Interestingly, the link between the wood carvers of Germany's Black Forest region and the nutcracker has transformed what was once a simple, domestic object into a classic collectable, popular notably Stateside.
The German Meissen porcelain factory made a number of nutcrackers modelled as a miniature book press.
Tchaikovsky's ballet was all that was needed to introduced them to the United States, helped in no small measure by the thousands of nutcrackers that must have been taken home by GIs in the decades following the fall of Nazi Germany.
Bestselling author Gregory Maguire drops readers behind the scenes of common childhood stories in such novels as Wicked, Mirror Mirror and After Alice, and in Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker, Maguire sweeps his readers deep into the forests of 19th-century Germany while linking his story to mythology and folklore.
Because of its rarity and excessive misdiagnosis, we report the case of a 30-year-old female patient who was admitted to emergency department of our hospital with recurrent left flank and lower abdominal pain anddiagnosed with nutcracker syndrome.
The Nutcracker became one of Tchaikovsky's most famous compositions and the Christmas story set to be performed tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve.
In "The Nutcracker'' young Clara is given a Christmas present of a toy soldier nutcracker who gets magically transformed into a prince.
Fritz and his friends grab the Nutcracker and toss it back and forth among them, eventually dropping and breaking it.
The San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker has a Chinese divertissement that represents a dragon from Chinatown, which is culturally specific but more importantly, not demeaning.
Tchaikovsky's classic ballet is based on the story 'The Nutcracker and the King of Mice' by E T A Hoff-man, which follows the adventures of a young girl, Marie.
In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.
Nutcracker syndrome refers to the compression of the left renal vein between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery, which results in elevated left renal vein pressure and possible collateral vein development.