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acute abdomen
a condition of sudden onset of pain with the abdomen, usually indication peritonitis; immediate medical or surgical treatment is necessary
aneurysm
a swelling or enlargement of a part of an artery, resulting from weakening of the arterial wall
anorexia
lack of apetite for food
appendicitis
inflammation of the appendix
cholecystitis
inflammation of the gallbladder
colic
acute, intermittent cramping abdominal pain
cystitis
inflammation of the bladder
diverticulitis
bulging out of intestinal rings in small pockets at weak areas in the muscles wall, creating abdominal discomfort
emesis
vomiting
guarding
involuntary muscle contractions (spasm) of the abdominal wall, an effort to protect the inflamed abdomen
hernia
the protrusion of a loop of an organ or tissue through an abnormal body opening
ileus
paralysis of the bowel, arising from any one of several causes; stops contraction that move material through the intestines
pancreatitis
inflammation of the pancreas
peritoneum
the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (parietal peritoneum) and covering the abdominal organs (visceral peritoneum).
peritonitis
inflammation of the peritoneum
strangulation
complete obstruction of blood circulation in a given organ as a result of compression or entrapment; an emergence situation causing death of tissue
ulcer
erosion of the stomach or intestinal lining
hypovolemic shock
an emergency condition in which severe blood and
fluid loss makes the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body (may cause bleeding and fluid shift)