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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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  • Symptoms

    Abdominal sounds

    The major abdominal digestive organs are the liver, the stomach, the small and large intestines, the gallbladder and the pancreas.

    Abdominal sounds are the noises made by the intestines.

  • Test

    Abdominal tap

    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 tap is used to remove fluid from the area between the belly wall and the spine. This space is called the abdominal cavity.

  • Injury

    Abdominal thrusts

    Choking is fairly common.  Choking deaths occur most commonly in children less than 3 years old and in senior citizens, but can occur at any age.  The Heimlich maneuver has been valuable in saving lives and can be administered by anyone who has learned the technique.

    Choking is when someone is having a very hard time breathing because food, a toy, or other object is blocking the throat or windpipe (airway). A choking...

  • Test

    Abdominal ultrasound

    Abdominal ultrasound is a scanning technique used to image the interior of the abdomen. Like the X-ray, MRI, and CT scan, it has its place as a diagnostic tool. Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to produce an image and do not expose the individual to radiation. The procedure is painless and safe.

    Abdominal ultrasound is a type of imaging test. It is used to look at organs in the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys....

  • Test

    Abdominal wall fat pad biopsy

    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 wall fat pad biopsy is the removal of a small part of the abdominal wall fat pad.

  • Surgery

    Abdominal wall surgery

    The abdominal muscles are comprised of the internal, external, and oblique abdominal muscles.

    Abdominal wall surgery is a procedure that improves the appearance of flabby, stretched-out abdominal (belly) muscles and skin. It is often called a tummy...

  • Test

    Abdominal x-ray

    X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation that can penetrate the body to form an image on film. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will appear white, air will be black, and other structures will be shades of gray depending on density. X-rays can provide information about obstructions, tumors, and other diseases, especially when coupled with the use of barium and air contrast within the bowel.

    An abdominal x-ray is an imaging test to look at organs and structures in the abdomen. Organs include the spleen, stomach, and intestines. When the test is...

  • Disease

    ABO incompatibility

    Newborn jaundice (producing yellow skin) can have many causes, but the majority of these infants have a condition called physiological jaundice, a natural occurrence in the newborn due to the immature liver.  This type of jaundice is short term, generally lasting only a few days.  Jaundice  should be evaluated by a physician until decreasing or normal levels of bilirubin are measured in the blood.

    A, B, AB, and O are the 4 major blood types. The types are based on small substances (molecules) on the surface of the blood cells. When people who have one...

  • Surgery

    Abortion - medical

    Medical abortion is the use of medicine to end an undesired pregnancy. The medicine helps remove the fetus and placenta from the mother’s womb...

  • Surgery

    Abortion - surgical

    An abortion performed with dilation and curettage.

    Surgical abortion is a procedure that ends an undesired pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the mother’s womb (uterus). Surgical abortion is...