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1. The measure of the depth of something, as opposed to its length or width.
2. A layer or stratum.
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1. The measure of the depth of something, as opposed to its length or width.
2. A layer or stratum.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about thickness

Q. is there cause for alarm if i have a white thick discharge?

A. Hello, ruffdee, if the discharge is white, and NOT causing any itchy feeling, burn sensation, and not smelly, it probably still is in normal range.
But once you feel itchy, burning, its color turns yellowish or greenish, and it has bad smell, it might be a sign for an infection, and it is recommended then you to find a doctor to get the specific therapy to cure the infection.
"Stay healthy always.."

Q. after a pedicure, the soles of my feet are dark w/freckles, skin is itchy/thick, my derm says its eczema,help! the pedicure was in fall, 2002. I mad a mistake and wore nylon boots during a storm, the dye never fully disappeared. I would scrub the soles of my feet until I couldn't walk. However, within the last 4 months both heels are itchy, thick, dark-er and now they both have dark legions/ freckles have formed.

A. Are you sure you are going to a clean sterile saloon? It is very important to make sure they use sterile tools for a pedicure because they can transfer fungal infections very easily. Either way you should see a dermatologist to get the right kind of cream treatment for your feet.

Q. What would thick white "plaque" that builds up on the inside of the cheek be caused by? My son has RA & is on several medications. Is this caused by medication or is it a sign of gum disease or just certain oral products that he may be using?

A. You didn’t specify the medications he’s treated with, but some of the medications used to treat RA, especially steroids, may cause infection of the mouth with fungi (i.e. oral candidiasis). It’s a side effect of the treatment and it can be treated with local antifungal medications.

However, I haven’t even seen the lesions you speak about, so it’s all just general advice – you may want to consult your doctor.

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300 eyes of 150 individuals (aged 20-40 years) were analysed and it was found that the RNFL thickness decreased with increasing axial length and this was statistically significant (p<0.001).7 One study showed that with increase in axial length, mean RNFL thickness measured by stratus OCT became thinner.6 One research analysed 485 eyes and documented that as the axial length increased average 360Adeg RNFL thickness decreased (r=-0.244 p<0.001).23 Two similar studies in children found that average RNFL thicknesses had significant negative correlations with axial length (r=-0.460 p<0.001 and r=-0.4, P<0.0001 respectively for both studies).9,20
Whereas macular thicknesses of inner 1 to 3 mm circle and outer 3 to 6 mm circle in all four quadrants was significantly less in children having high myopia.
OCT enables the objective and quantitative assessment of retinal volumes and thicknesses, having excellent reproducibility in children with respect to adults [13, 14].
Macular and choroidal thicknesses were measured using an SD-OCT system (RTVue, Optovue Inc., Fremont, CA, USA) before the amblyopia treatment.
Normative reference ranges for the retinal nerve fiber layer, macula, and retinal layer thicknesses in children.
Thicknesses of macular retinal layer and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer in patients with hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia.
Thesis, Semiconductor detector and optical system alignment for optical thin-film thicknesses using a modified reflectometry method, Brigham Young University-Idaho 2012.
Measurement of Retinal and Choroidal Thicknesses. The 4-[micro]m paraffin blocks were examined using a polarizing microscope (Olympus BX-51, Olympus Corporation, Tokyo, Japan), and the images were recorded and downloaded using the attached digital camera and software (Olympus DP 72, DP2-BSW, Olympus Corporation).
The overlapping parts of the end tape and the first adhesive tape constitute a first adhered section with a thickness equal to the sum of the thicknesses of the adhesive tape and the end tape.
It can be used to measure the total thickness of a coating system or up to three individual layer thicknesses in a multi-layer system.