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Hello, I am new to this site and hope you can help me. I am a new medical transcriptionist and came across two problems.

The first is this one: my doctor dictated "There are certainly other conditions, such as catecholamine and aldosterone secreting tumors...". So you will understand my question better, in case you don't know medical terminology, aldosterone and catecholamine are hormones that glands and some tumors secrete in the body.

Q1: If it were one hormone 'such as catecholamine-secreting tumor', I would use a hyphen, such as, catecholamine-secreting tumor', but if since there are two hormone-secreting tumors, do I use a hyphen to link them, such as 'catecholamine- and aldosterone-secreting hormones'?

also

Q2: If you were to write 'I prescribed a 3-week trial of antibiotics', you would use a hyphen, right?, but if you were to write 'We tried 3 weeks of antibiotics with no effect', there would be no hyphen, correct?

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to your response.
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I would write them as 'catecholamine- and aldosterone-secreting hormones', 'three-week trial', and 'tried three weeks of antibiotics', writing out the small number three.

But hyphens aren't my forte, so let's wait for a second opinion. Emotion: smile
Hello.

I agree with Califjim's opinion. In the first case, it would be "catecholamine- and aldosterone-secreting hormones" because it is multiple modification. As to the second case, "three-week trial" is also correct because it is a plural attributive noun.

Hope this helps

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Hi, I am in training now to be a home medical transcriptionist and I am really having a time with the english part - can someone please help me out here! I need to know what the conjunction is the sentence below:

Deep tendon reflexes were intact with an upgoing toe on the left.

For the life of me - I just do not see a conjunction.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS!!!!
catecholamine- and aldosterone-secreting hormones

and the abbreviated ending would be........... x 3 wks trial

Melodie (just in case anyone was interested)
There is no conjunction!
The expression "with an upgoing toe on the left" is 'in apposition' - though a comma after 'intact' might help. If you are desparate for a conjunction "but with an upgoing toe on the left" would catch the contrast which the author seeks.

Dr M JC Brown
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I'm new, too. Here is the question: When should "tissue" versus "tissues" be used in the following sentences?....

Some of the tissue, such as the corneas, will be transplanted within five to seven days of the donation. Sometimes, however, it is determined that tissue cannot be used. Please remember that every effort is made to transplant donated tissue.
Careof2kidsHello, I am new to this site and hope you can help me. I am a new medical transcriptionist and came across two problems.

The first is this one: my doctor dictated "There are certainly other conditions, such as catecholamine and aldosterone secreting tumors...". So you will understand my question better, in case you don't know medical terminology, aldosterone and catecholamine are hormones that glands and some tumors secrete in the body.

Q1: If it were one hormone 'such as catecholamine-secreting tumor', I would use a hyphen, such as, catecholamine-secreting tumor', but if since there are two hormone-secreting tumors, do I use a hyphen to link them, such as 'catecholamine- and aldosterone-secreting hormones'?

also

Q2: If you were to write 'I prescribed a 3-week trial of antibiotics', you would use a hyphen, right?, but if you were to write 'We tried 3 weeks of antibiotics with no effect', there would be no hyphen, correct?

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to your response.
Hi, I'm a science editor at the VA hospital in Washington state. A few weeks ago I was editing a manuscript that varied its use of tissue and tissues. I searched through dictionaries and grammar books but couldn't find much info on the distinction between tissue/tissues. However, I decided that the plural tissue is a collective noun that describes closely related tissue whereas tissues emphasizes the differences between the tissues. Your example is tricky, but I think I would keep tissue rather than changing the term to tissues.

Also, CalifJim, I would recommend not spelling out three weeks. Although many style guides recommend spelling digits under ten, several science-related style guides, including the AMA (American Medical Association), require numbers to be in numeric form when used with time periods (i.e., hours, days, weeks, etc).

-Andrew
Never start a sentence with a numeral and never spell out numerals.
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