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Abdominal distress is any pain or discomfort in the abdomen. The abdominal area is the area between your chest and groin, often referred to as the stomach region or belly. See abdominal pain , abdominal bloating , and excessive gas .
Diseases or problems with any of the organs inside the abdominal cavity can lead to pain as well as other symptoms likea change in bowel habits, nausea, or vomiting. The pain may be chronic (ongoing) or acute (sudden), crampy or sharp, and associated with abdominal rigidity (board-like stiffness). Rigidity suggests peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin membrane that lines the abdominal cavity) and may represent a ruptured organ (such as the appendix).
Pain in the abdomen may also originate from somewhere else -- like your chest, pelvic region (the area just below the abdomen that houses the reproductive organs), or a generalized infection affecting many parts of your body (like the flu or strep throa...
Alternative Names Peritoneal tap; Paracentesis Normal Values Normally, there should be little or no fluid in the the abdominal space. What abnormal results mean An examination of abdominal fluid may show: Cirrhosis of the liver Damaged bowel Heart disease Infection Kidney disease Pancreatic disease Tumor (cancerous or noncancerous)
Question: I have been told that I may have lactose intolerance. Does that mean I have to give up milk? Answer: Lactose intolerance means that the body does not produce enough enzymes to digest lactose which is a sugar found in dairy products. People who are lactose intolerant produce little or no lactase. Lactase is an enzyme that breaks lactose down into smaller sugars that are absorbed by the body in the small intestine. Any lactose that is not digested and absorbed by the body passes on to the large intestine or colon. The large intestine contains bacteria which metabolize lactose and produce gas in the process. The gas leads to the bloated feeling that many lactose intolerant people feel after consuming large quantities of lactose. The sugar also pulls water and electrolytes into the stool which causes diarrhea and cramping. Those affected by the condition Lactose intolerance affects about 70% of the world's population. People of African, Asian, or Hispanic desc...
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