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A turning aside or altering of the natural course or route of a thing. The term is chiefly applied to the unauthorized change or alteration of a water course to the prejudice of a lower riparian, or to the unauthorized use of funds.

A program for the disposition of a criminal charge without a criminal trial; sometimes called operation de nova, intervention, or deferred prosecution.

The disposition is conditional on the defendant's performing certain tasks or participating in a treatment program. If the conditions are successfully completed, the charge is dismissed. But if the accused does not meet his or her obligations, prosecution may be instituted.


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n. in criminal procedure, a system for giving a chance for a first time criminal defendant in lesser crimes to perform community service, make restitution for damage due to the crime, obtain treatment for alcohol or drug problems and/or counselling for antisocial or mentally unstable conduct. If the defendant cooperates and the diversion results in progress, the charges eventually may be dismissed. Diversion may not be granted for a second offense. (See: probation)

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(54.) Lukasewycz SJ, Smith AR, Rambachan A, et al: Intractable hemorrhagic cystitis after hematopoietic stem cell tranplantation - Is there a role for early urinary diversion in children?
The findings of previous research and our study suggest that comorbidities are not associated with poor postoperative renal function, whereas type of urinary diversion must be evaluated further (2,5,8).
SSIs are an important cause of morbidity following radical cystectomy with urinary diversion. This is especially concerning in obese and diabetic patients who often suffer from comorbid metabolic and immunologic impairment, as well as in patients with a history of radiation or smoking.
Long-term followup of bilateral high (sober) urinary diversion in patients with posterior urethral valves and its effect on bladder function.
The patient presented a poor quality of life previous to surgery, accepting the potential morbidity associated with urinary diversion.
The rationale is decreasing surgical morbidity particularly by avoiding urinary diversion. A recent study including 86 patients with 1:2 matched control group revealed no significant difference in terms of 10-year distant recurrence-free survival (61% vs.
Boku et al., "Double-barreled wet colostomy: a simple method of urinary diversion for patients undergoing pelvic exenteration," Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, vol.
Conclusion: Percutaneous nephrostomy is a safe and better method of temporary urinary diversion than double J stenting for management of obstructive uropathy with lower incidence of complications.
If CISC is not feasible, suprapubic catheterisation or urinary diversion may be warranted.
A female urinary diversion device for military women in the deployed environment Grant # HUOOO1-11-1-TS02 (N11-004).

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