Adhesions (General and After Surgery) Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal cavity: The cavity within the abdomen, the space between the abdominal wall and...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Adhesion: The union of two opposing tissue surfaces. This term is often used to refer to t...

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Back pain: Pain felt in the low or upper back. Causes of pain in the low and upper back in...

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Belly: That part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and t...

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Bladder: A hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. The kidneys filter waste f...

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Bowel sounds: The gurgling, rumbling, or growling noises from the abdomen caused by the mu...

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C-section: Short for Cesarean section.

Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Digestive system: The system of organs responsible for getting food into and out of the bo...

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Ectopic: In the wrong place, out of place. For example, an ectopic kidney is a kidney that...

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Ectopic pregnancy: A pregnancy that is not in the uterus. The fertilized egg settles and g...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Flatulence: Excess gas in the intestinal tract. But excess flatulence is difficult to defi...

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Gastrointestinal: Adjective referring collectively to the stomach and small and large inte...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Infertility: Diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is cons...

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Intestine: The long, tubelike organ in the abdomen that completes the process of digestion...

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Laparoscopy: A type of surgery in which small incisions are made in the abdominal wall thr...

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Laparotomy: An operation to open the abdomen. For example, laparotomy is used to remove ca...

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Lightheadedness: A feeling you are "going to faint." Lightheadedness is medically distinc...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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Pericardial: Referring to the pericardium, the sac of fibrous tissue that surrounds the he...

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Pericardial sac: A conical sac of fibrous tissue which surrounds the heart and the roots o...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Radiation: 1. Rays of energy. Gamma rays and X-rays are two of the types of energy ...

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Reproduction: The production of offspring. Reproduction need not be sexual; for example, y...

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Rheumatic fever: An illness that occurs following a streptococcus infection (such as a "st...

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Sexually transmitted disease: Any disease transmitted by sexual contact; caused by microo...

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Small bowel: Another name for the small intestine.

Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Symptomatic: 1 With symptoms, as a symptomatic infection. 2 Characteristic o...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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