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What causes an abdominal lump?

What causes an abdominal lump?

A person with an abdominal lump may notice an area of swelling or a bulge that protrudes from the abdominal area. Possible causes include hernias, lipomas, hematomas, undescended testicles, and tumors. Not all abdominal lumps require treatment, but some may need surgery. Abdominal lumps can be hard or soft and may feel sore. However, they […]

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What to know about ischemic colitis

What to know about ischemic colitis

Ischemic colitis occurs when there is not enough blood flowing to the colon, also known as the large intestine. It is more likely to occur in people who are over 60, smoke cigarettes, or have diabetes. Ischemic colitis is the most common type of gut-based ischemia, accounting for 1 in every 2,000 hospital admissions. Symptoms […]

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What to know about atrophic gastritis

What to know about atrophic gastritis

Atrophic gastritis occurs when a person’s stomach lining is inflamed for an extended period, often for several years. Over time, the inflammation associated with atrophic gastritis damages the stomach lining, causing digestive problems and nutrient deficiencies. A bacterial infection usually causes atrophic gastritis, but it can also be an autoimmune condition. Treatments differ, depending on […]

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Do our guts have a say in our spatial memory?

Do our guts have a say in our spatial memory?

Our guts, research is proving, are much more important to our overall state of health and well-being than previously thought. Do they also play a role in memory and orientation, and if so, why? We rely on our ability to orient ourselves in space, but what do our guts have to do with it? In […]

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How do you treat a fecal impaction?

How do you treat a fecal impaction?

Fecal impaction is a severe bowel condition in which a hard, dry mass of stool becomes stuck in the colon or rectum. This immobile mass will block the passage and cause a buildup of waste, which a person will be unable to pass. Fecal impaction disturbs the normal gastrointestinal process in which digested food passes […]

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What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy

What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy

A gastric tissue biopsy and culture, also called a stomach biopsy, is a procedure used to diagnose a range of conditions, including stomach ulcers. The biopsy involves removing a sample of stomach tissue. This sample is sent to a lab, where scientists test it for the presence of bacteria and other organisms that can cause […]

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What causes breath to smell like urine?

What causes breath to smell like urine?

Most people have had foul-smelling breath at some point in their lives. Bad breath generally occurs as a result of poor oral health. However, it is less common for breath to smell like urine, so people may find it disconcerting if they have this symptom. There are many possible causes of a urine odor in […]

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What causes coffee ground vomitus?

What causes coffee ground vomitus?

Coffee ground vomitus is a type of vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Coffee ground vomitus owes its appearance to the presence of old blood in the vomit. The amount of time the blood remains in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract before appearing in the vomit will determine its color and shade. A more extended period […]

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What is sphincter of Oddi dysfunction?

What is sphincter of Oddi dysfunction?

Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is a rare condition affecting the digestive system. It can cause considerable discomfort in the abdomen, but it is possible to manage symptoms with lifestyle changes and medication. This article will discuss what sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) is, along with its symptoms and causes. It also covers diet and treatment. […]

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Home and natural remedies for upset stomach

Home and natural remedies for upset stomach

Everyone experiences an upset stomach and indigestion, or dyspepsia, from time to time after eating or drinking. The condition is usually no cause for concern, and it is often possible to treat the symptoms using home remedies. Common symptoms of an upset stomach and indigestion include: heartburn, or acid reflux nausea bloating gas belching, sometimes […]