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    Pancreas divisum

    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.

    Pancreas divisum is a birth defect in which parts of the pancreas do not join together. The pancreas is a long flat organ located between the stomach and spine. It helps in food digestion.

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    Pancreatic abscess

    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.

    A pancreatic abscess is an area filled with pus within the pancreas.

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    Pancreatic pseudocyst

    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.

    A pancreatic pseudocyst is a fluid-filled sac in the abdomen. It may also contain tissue from the pancreas, pancreatic enzymes, and blood.

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    Peptic ulcer

    An ulcer is a crater-like lesion on the skin or mucous membrane caused by an inflammatory, infectious, or malignant condition. To avoid irritating an ulcer a person can try eliminating certain substances from their diet such as caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, and avoid smoking.  Patients can take certain medicines to suppress the acid in the stomach causing the the erosion of the stomach lining.  Endoscopic therapy can be used to stop bleeding from the ulcer.

    A peptic ulcer is an open sore or raw area in the lining of the stomach or intestine. A gastric ulcer occurs in the stomach. A duodenal ulcer occurs in the first part of the small intestine.

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    Peritonitis - secondary

    The peritoneum is the membrane lining the abdominal cavity.

    Secondary peritonitis is an inflammation of the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs. It is called the peritoneum. Secondary means it is due to another condition. It is most often caused by an infection that spreads from the digestive tract.

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    Peritonitis - spontaneous

    The peritoneum is the membrane lining the abdominal cavity.

    Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneum. This is the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs.

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    Plummer-Vinson syndrome

    Food is swallowed and passes through the esophagus to the stomach, where the majority of digestion takes place.

    Plummer-Vinson syndrome is a condition that can occurs in people with long-term (chronic) . People with this condition have problems swallowing due to small, thin growths of tissue that partially block the upper food pipe (esophagus).

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    Primary biliary cirrhosis

    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.

    Primary biliary cirrhosis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the bile ducts of the liver. This blocks the flow of , which damages the liver cells and leads to scarring called cirrhosis.

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    Protein-losing enteropathy

    Protein-losing enteropathy is an abnormal loss of protein from the digestive tract or the inability of the digestive tract to absorb proteins.

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    Pseudomembranous colitis

    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.

    Pseudomembranous colitis is infection of the large intestine (colon) with an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria.