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  • Surgery

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair - open

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

  • 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. This test 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...

  • Symptoms

    Abdominal mass

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the "flank" may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    An abdominal mass is swelling in one part of the belly area (abdomen).

  • Test

    Abdominal MRI scan

    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.

    An abdominal magnetic resonance imaging scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves. The waves create pictures of the inside of the...

  • Symptoms

    Abdominal pain

    There are three body views (front, back and side) that may be helpful if you are uncertain of a body area. Many areas are referred to by both descriptive and technical names. For example, the back of the knee is called the popliteal fossa. However, areas like the "flank" may not have both names, so the location may be unclear.

    Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.

  • Symptoms

    Abdominal pain - children under age 12

    Almost all children have abdominal pain at one time or another. Abdominal pain is pain in the stomach or belly area. It can be anywhere between the chest and...

  • Symptoms

    Abdominal rigidity

    Abdominal rigidity is stiffness of the muscles in the belly area, which can be felt when touched or pressed.