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schizophrenia

severe, persistent, debilitating, and poorly understood psychiatric disorder that includes disturbances in thoughts (or cognitions), mood (or affects), perceptions, and relationships with others

scoliosis

crooked spine that curves laterally

secondarily generalized seizures

starts as a partial seizure (in one limited area of the brain) but then (sometimes so quickly that the partial seizure is hardly noticed) spread throughout the brain, becoming

sensory integration disorder

A condition that exists when sensory signals don

severe sleep apnea

temporary interruption of breathing during sleep, severe symptoms include more than 30 incidents of disrupted breathing per hour

shortness of breath

breathing difficulty involves a sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of not getting enough air

simple partial seizures

seizures which affect only a small region of the brain; no impairment of consciousness

sinus surgery

surgery to improve drainage or remove diseased sinus membranes

sleep apnea

temporary interruption of breathing during sleep

speech

the vocalized form of human communication

spinal tap

procedure performed when a doctor needs to look at the cerebrospinal fluid (also known as spinal fluid).

stiff joints or contractures

chronic loss of joint motion due to structural changes in non-bony tissue, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons

strabismus (eye alignment)

wandering eye; the eye seems misaligned

swallowing difficulties

occurs when there's a problem with any part of the swallowing process