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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)
My son is 8 and gets frequent headaches / migraines and abdominal headaches. Sometimes resulting in vomiting and occasional shakiness in legs. What are your recommendations to help? Thank you. Sandy.
Have you taken your son to the doctor for these headaches or Migraines? When you say, "abdominal headaches," do you mean abdominal Migraines? You can find more information on them in Abdominal Migraine - The Basics .
If your son is experiencing three or more Migraines a month, we generally recommend preventive treatments. For children, Periactin and propranolol are often the first choices. There are also some supplements that can be effective - Coenzyme Q10, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and magnesium. To treat a Migraine when it occurs, you could discuss Maxalt with your son's doctor. Maxalt is a triptan medication that works to stop the Migrainous process, thus stopping t...
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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