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gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest



in humans and animals, a period of recuperation that is characterized by the gradual disappearance of disease symptoms and the restoration of normal vital activities. The time limits of convalescence are conditional. The functions of individual organs begin to normalize at the height of the disease, that is, during the acute period.

Convalescence may be rapid or prolonged; the elimination of the basic disease and the restoration of bodily functions do not necessarily mean that the structures and functions of all systems and organs have recovered to the state prior to the illness. For instance, cardiomyopathy can occur after infections, and functional disorders of the nervous system can occur after influenza.

Convalescence is usually accompanied by improvement of appetite and by weight gain. General restorative treatment and medical rehabilitation are especially important. With some infections, for example, typhoid fever and dysentery, discharge of the causative agent may continue during convalescence. This accounts for the implementation of special measures to prevent epidemics; for instance, an individual may receive permission to work only after laboratory analysis confirms his health, and children convalescing from dysentery are kept in isolated wards.


The period and process of recovery after an illness or injury.
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Convalescent blood therapies were used sporadically during the Ebola outbreaks of 1976 and 1995, with mixed and scientifically inconclusive (because there was no control group) results.
WHO director general Margaret Chan said the agency will work closely with the affected countries to stop the sale of blood used as a convalescent serum in the black market.
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We decided it was time for us to take the ball and run with it," said Annette Burman, a 10-year registered nurse with Genesys Convalescent Center.
During the First World War, Red Cross nurses ran convalescent hospitals at Manor House, Stokesley, Mulgrave Castle and also at East Rounton Village Hall.
Twenty patients received convalescent plasma from recovered patients and the other 73 acted as study 'controls'.
Perez told police he was aware the victim possessed a briefcase with money within his room at the convalescent home.
The group completed their 50-mile trip along the Taff Trail in aid of The Golden Grove Appeal, which aims to convert the Golden Grove Mansion in Powys as the first Welsh convalescent home for servicemen, women and veterans who have been wounded physically and mentally, to enable them to heal and recover from the experience of war.
Many of the children spent time in convalescent homes in Rhyl, Eastbourne, Brighton, Torquay, London, and Margate.
Brain natriuretic peptide and adrenomedullin levels were studied in the acute and convalescent phase of ARE Adrenomedullin was detected by enzyme immunoassay kit of peptides, while brain natriuretic peptide was measured by a commercially available instrument.