Glossary

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Karyotype
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Certain numbers and shapes of chromosomes that are present in the cell nucleus of chromosomes

Kawasaki disease
lymph node syndrome

Potentially fatal inflammable disease; primary cardiac problem is the formation of local dilations (aneurysms) in the coronary vessels

Keloid
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Unusual or abnormal growth of scar tissue

Kent bundle
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Accessory, i.e. additional pathway in the cardiac conductive system. Is found between an atrium and a ventricle, often causes premature activation (preexcitation, WPW sydrome)

Kinking
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A tight curl, twist or bend, e.g. of the pulmonary artery, the aortic arch, the homograft

Author(s): Kinderherzstiftung, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Sticker, Hermine Nock
Last updated: 2009-04-28