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Information on Health Conditions and Treatments

Welcome to the Scripps health information library. It’s part of our commitment to partnering with you for lifelong wellness.

Here you can read articles on hundreds of health conditions and wellness topics, complete with medical illustrations and links to related symptoms, procedures and conditions.

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  • Test

    A1c test

    A1c is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous 3 months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes.

  • Disease

    Aarskog syndrome

    The physical landmarks of the human face are very similar from one face to another.

    Aarskog syndrome is an inherited disease that affects a person’s height, muscles, skeleton, genitals, and appearance of the face. Inherited means that it is...

  • Disease

    Aase syndrome

    Aase syndrome is a rare disorder that involves anemia and certain joint and skeletal deformities.

  • Symptoms

    Abdomen - swollen

    A swollen abdomen is when your belly area is bigger than usual.

  • Disease

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm involves a widening, stretching, or ballooning of the aorta. There are several causes of abdominal aortic aneurysm, but the most common results from atherosclerotic disease. As the aorta gets progressively larger over time there is increased chance of rupture.

    The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when an area of the aorta...

  • Surgery

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair - open

    Open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is surgery to fix a widened part in your aorta, called an aneurysm. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood...

  • Symptoms

    Abdominal bloating

    The test is done in the ultrasound or radiology department.  A conducting paste is applied to your abdomen while you are lying down.  The transducer (a hand-held instrument) is then moved over your abdomen.

    Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the belly (abdomen) feels full and tight. Your belly may look swollen (distended).

  • Test

    Abdominal CT scan

    CT stands for computerized tomography. In this procedure, a thin X-ray beam is rotated around the area of the body to be visualized. Using very complicated mathematical processes called algorithms, the computer is able to generate a 3-D image of a section through the body. CT scans are very detailed and provide excellent information for the physician.

    An abdominal CT scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the belly area. CT stands for computed tomography.

  • Surgery

    Abdominal exploration

    The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

    Abdominal exploration is surgery to look at the organs and structures in your belly area (abdomen). This includes...

  • Special Topic

    Abdominal girth

    The measurement of the abdominal girth may be helpful in diagnosing abdominal distention, which commonly results from intestinal gas. Increased abdominal girth may also indicate disease of the intestines or liver.

    Abdominal girth is the measurement of the distance around the abdomen at a specific point. Measurement is most often made at the level of the belly button...