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Category: Gastroenterology

What’s to know about constipation?

Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where an individual has hard feces that are difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through the digestive tract, the more water the colon will

All about acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It is painful, develops quickly, and it can, in some cases, be fatal. Some mild cases resolve without treatment, but severe, acute pancreatitis can trigger potentially fatal complications. The mortality rate ranges from less than 5 percent to over 30 percent, depending on how severe the condition is and if

Cholera: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Cholera is an acute epidemic infectious disease. It is characterized by watery diarrhea, extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes, and severe dehydration. It can be fatal. It is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera (V. Cholera). Despite being easy to treat, cholera is estimated to affect between 3 and 5 million people each year, and it causes over 100,000

Drugs and liver damage

DRUGS THAT MAY CAUSE LIVER DYSFUNCTION OR DAMAGE The liver is the principal organ that is capable of converting drugs into forms that can be readily eliminated from the body. Given the diversity in use today and the complex burden they impose upon the liver, it is not surprising that a broad spectrum of adverse

Choledocholithiasis (Gall stones) Causes, symptoms, and diagnosis

The term choledocholithiasis refers to a condition when a gallstone or gallstones become lodged within any duct of the bile system. The ducts typically involved are the common bile duct, the cystic duct, and the common hepatic duct. Causes and types of gallstone Gallstones may vary in cause and type. Traditionally, gallstones are divided into

Liver fluke: Symptoms and treatment

What is a liver fluke? Liver flukes are parasitic worms that live in the bile ducts and the liver of infected animals. These parasites cause a disease called fascioliasis in people, cattle, and sheep. Although liver flukes can infect people in all parts of the world, they are most prevalent in developing countries. There have

Liver Function Tests, Interpretation and uses

What are liver function tests? Liver function tests help determine the health of your liver by measuring the levels of proteins, liver enzymes, or bilirubin in your blood. A liver function test is often given in the following situations: to screen for liver infections, such as hepatitis C to monitor the side effects of certain medications

Acute Pancreatitis, causes, diagnosis & Treatment

Acute pancreatitis (AP) is inflammation of the pancreas. It occurs suddenly and causes pain in the upper abdominal (or epigastric) region. The pain often radiates to your back. AP can also involve other organs. It can also develop into chronic pancreatitis if you have continued episodes. What causes acute pancreatitis? Acute pancreatitis is caused directly or indirectly. Direct

Abdominal pain (Possible causes and specific treatment)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Considerations Almost everyone has pain in the abdomen at some point. Most of the time, it is not serious. How bad your pain is does not always reflect the seriousness of

Hereditary Mixed Polyposis Syndrome

What is hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome? Hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome (HMPS) is a hereditary condition that is associated with an increased risk of developing polyps in the digestive tract, most commonly in the colon and/or rectum. A polyp is a growth of normal tissue that forms a lump. As the name suggests, a variety of