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A condition of sudden onset of pain within the abdomen, usually indicating peritonitis; demands immediate medical or surgical treatment.
acute abdomen
A swelling or enlargement of a part of an artery, resulting from weakening of the arterial wall.
aneurysm
Lack of appetite for food.
anorexia
Inflammation of the appendix.
appendicitis
Inflammation of the gallbladder.
cholecystitis
Acute, intermittent cramping abdominal pain.
colic
Inflammation of the bladder.
cystitis
Bulging out of intestinal rings in small pockets at weak areas in the muscle walls, creating abdominal discomfort.
diverticulitis
Vomiting.
emesis
Involuntary muscle contractions (spasm) of the abdominal wall, an effort to protect the inflamed abdomen; a sign of peritonitis.
guarding
The protrusion of a loop of an organ or tissue through an abnormal body opening.
hernia
Paralysis of the bowel, arising from any one of several causes; stops contractions that move material through the intestine.
ileus
Inflammation of the pancreas.
pancreatitis
The membrane lining the abdominal cavity (parietal peritoneum) and covering the abdominal organs (visceral peritoneum).
peritoneum
Inflammation of the peritoneum.
peritonitis
Pain felt in an area of the body other than the area where the cause of pain is located.
referred pain
Complete obstruction of blood circulation in a given organ as a result of compression or entrapment, an emergency situation causing death of tissue.
strangulation
Abrasion of the stomach or small intestine.
ulcer