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Mercaptamine 0.55% eye drops

Mercaptamine is a medicine that stops build up of an amino acid called cystine in the body. Large amounts of cystine can build up in the body causing damage to tissues and organs when a child has a condition called cystinosis. Mercaptamine eye drops are prescribed to reduce build up of cystine crystals in the eyes.

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Pharmacy is defined as the study of medicines. It involves studying how medicines are discovered, developed and made. It also covers how medicines work in the body to prevent or treat disease, and how active ingredients can be made in to medicines.

Gastrostomy management

A gastrostomy is a feeding tube that is inserted directly into the stomach either surgically under direct vision (open or laproscopic), endoscopically (with a camera), or radiologically (x-ray guidance). A gastrostomy tube allows the delivery of supplemental nutrition and medications directly into the stomach. It also provides a mechanism to drain gastric contents if required. In order for gastrostomy feeding to be successful the child or young person must have a functioning gastrointestinal tract.

Cardiac anaesthetic

The anaesthetic team consists of a consultant (or specialist) anaesthetist, sometimes assisted by a junior anaesthetist, and an anaesthetic assistant, usually a nurse. An anaesthetist is a doctor who makes your child go to sleep and stay pain-free during an operation. They will stay with your child for the whole operation.

Generalised severe junctional epidermolysis bullosa (EB)

This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about generalised severe junctional epidermolysis bullosa (previously called Herlitz junctional EB) and how it can be managed. It also contains suggestions for making everyday life more comfortable and contact details for further information and support. This information sheet explains about the generalised severe junctional form of EB. 

Sturge-Weber syndrome

A syndrome is a collection of signs that are often seen together. Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a condition affecting the skin, brain and eyes. It is named after the doctors who described it in the late 19th century and early 20th century.