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  1. Labial adhesions

    Labial adhesions are more common during the nappy years, but poor hygiene may be a cause in older girls.

  2. Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis

    Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are disorders that result in inflammation of the inner ear and the nerve connecting the inner ear to the brain.

  3. Lactose intolerance

    Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

  4. Laminectomy

    A laminectomy is a surgical incision into the vertebra to obtain access to the spinal cord.

  5. Laparoscopy

    The advantage of laparoscopy is that only a small incision is required, which is why it is also known as 'keyhole surgery'.

  6. Laparotomy

    A laparotomy is a surgical incision into the abdominal cavity used to examine the abdominal organs and aid diagnosis.

  7. Larynx

    Prolonged exposure to air pollutants, such as dust, can irritate the larynx and cause chronic laryngitis.

  8. Latex allergy

    The best way to manage latex allergy is to avoid exposure to latex products.

  9. Leg ulcers

    Age, varicose veins, smoking and arterial disease increase the risk of leg ulcers.

  10. Legionnaires' disease

    Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia.