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A 34-year-old male asked:

What is the meaning of the medical term "first line of treatment"

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 36 years experience
The meaning is exactly as it sounds and that is that there are first things to do like medications or therapies to begin with. If these are not effective then you go on from there.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
This refers to the treatment which is preferred before any other because it works the best and is safe, generally as shown in medical studies (clinical trials). Over time, it may also have been shown to work the best during use.

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What is the difference of meaning between mainstay of treatment and first-line treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Mainstay is generally applied to conditions where a single common treatment is the accepted course. Like cleaning and suturing a wound. A first line treatment suggests a condition where the usual 1st choice may need to be avoided, like an antibiotic the patient is allergic to. It also may apply to use of a secondary drug if the first fails to produce acceptable outcome.
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What is the meaning of the medical term 'uncircumcised'?

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Dr. George Klauber
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Foreskin is intact: Uncircumcised means that foreskin has not been removed. Circumcision is procedure of removing foreskin

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