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Cytarabine

Cytarabine is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat certain types of cancer and leukaemia. This page explains what cytarabine is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from every side effect mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Cytarabine

Cytarabine is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat certain types of cancer and leukaemia. This page explains what cytarabine is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from every side effect mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Wearing a spinal brace after surgery

You have had an operation on your spine so now you need to protect it while it heals. Wearing a spinal brace is one way of doing this. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) tells you about the spinal brace, how to put it on and take it off, and how to look after it. It also says what sort of checks you need to do each day when you are wearing the brace.

Factor X deficiency

Factor X (previously known as the Stuart-Prower factor) deficiency is a type of clotting disorder. A specific protein is missing from the blood so that injured blood vessels cannot heal in the usual way. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of Factor X deficiency and where to get help.

Factor V deficiency

Factor V deficiency (also occasionally known as Owren’s disease or parahaemophilia) is a clotting disorder. A specific protein is missing from the blood so that injured blood vessels cannot heal in the usual way. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of Factor V deficiency and where to get help. 

Factor VII deficiency

Factor VII deficiency (also known as Alexander’s disease) is a type of clotting disorder. A specific protein is missing from the blood so that injured blood vessels cannot heal in the usual way. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of Factor VII deficiency and where to get help.

Short-term steroid treatment

Our adrenal and reproductive glands naturally produce hormonal substances called steroids. There are many types of steroids and all have different effects on the body.

Common types of steroids used are: prednisolone, budesonide, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, fludrocortisone and, occasionally, methylprednisolone. These steroids are known as corticosteroids. They are different to the anabolic (performance-enhancing) steroids.

The gloves are off!

1.4 billion gloves are used across the NHS each year. To combat this, Lead Infection Prevention Control Nurse Helen Dunn, and Practice Educators Amy Leonard and Nicola Wilson at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) are on a mission to encourage healthcare professionals to reduce unnecessary use of non-sterile gloves. 

Autism

Children with autism usually experience difficulty in three main areas: social interaction, social communication and imagination and cognitive flexibility. Each of these diagnostic features can be present in different forms and varying degrees.

An introduction to parenteral nutrition at home

Parenteral nutrition is used when the gut is unable to absorb enough nutrition to enable your child to grow and develop normally. A liquid solution that contains nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats) needed for growth and development is given directly into a vein. This page is an introduction to parenteral nutrition at home and what you can expect when you leave Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). In a planned teaching programme, we will teach you how to give parenteral nutrition to your child and how to look after the equipment involved.

Melphalan

Melphalan is a chemotherapy medicine used before bone marrow transplant or high dose therapy with stem cell rescue to help treat certain types of cancer, immunology and metabolic conditions.This page explains what melphalan is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from every side effect mentioned.