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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Abdominal Cavity (Definition)

This is the part of the body known as the abdomen and would include parts of the pelvis. It contains the most of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary organs. It is separated from the chest or "thoracic ...Read more


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Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Ascites: Ascites is a fluid build up within the abdominal cavity that can be caused from a variety of reasons, but most commonly from liver disease. In this case, scarring within the liver, called cirrhosis caused elevated blood pressures within the intestine and other abdominal organs, also known as portal hypertension. This causes fluid to leak into the peritoneum and when the amount of fluid formation exceeds the capacity of the abdominal lining to absorb the fluid, then accumulation of fluid occurs. In some liver conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis (sometimes related to liver cancer), ascites accumulation may be severe. The fluid consists of protein, including albumin. Patients that have the fluid removed, called paracentesis, to relieve the pressure from the ascites, also lose the protein and exacerbate protein loss. Together with the liver disease (liver makes essentially all of the proteins that circulate in the blood), patients will lose a large amount of muscle mass, called muscle wasting. Patients with liver disease may also experience mental confusion, called hepatic encephalopathy, which calls for dietary protein restriction, which also exacerbates muscle wasting.

The recommendations for protein intake in liver failure patients has changed. The american association for the study of liver diseases currently recommends that protein intake should be at least 1 g/kg/day and increased to 1.75 - 2 g/kg/day as tolerated. A late night meal with the highest amount of protein will minimize the risk of encephalopathy interfering with daily routine.

At this point, your friend should be under the careful management of a liver specialist, called a hepatologist and possibly evaluated for liver transplantation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: abdominal cavity?

What is the definition or description of: abdominal cavity?

See below: This is the part of the body known as the abdomen and would include parts of the pelvis. It contains the most of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary organs. It is separated from the chest or "thoracic cavity" by the diaphragm. ...Read more

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What are the weak points in the abdominal cavity?

What are the weak points in the abdominal cavity?

Hernias: Weak points in the anatomy are the reason patients have hernias.
The most common place is the inguinal/groin region. Next is the umbilicus/belly button and femoral hernias.
Other placed are at abdominal wall incisions from previous surgeries, the esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm/hiatal hernias, or spigelian hernias less commonly in the lateral abdominal wall. ...Read more

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Fluttering in my upper right abdominal cavity, what's happening?

Fluttering in my upper right abdominal cavity, what's happening?

Maybe It's Twoo Wuv: It could be transmission from your heart. As long as by "fluttering"you mean a rapid pulsation. It could also be some twitching from your diaphragm. The heart thing has more serious ramifications so when it happens check your pulse. If it is rapid, then you need to see a doctor. If not, place your palm on your upper stomach area and feel for twitching. If nothing is found, see a doc if it lasts 2 weeks ...Read more

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4 the last year experiencing discomfort in the left lower quadrant of my abdominal cavity. What could be the problem and how could I treat the issue?

4 the last year experiencing discomfort in the left lower quadrant of my abdominal cavity. What could be the problem and how could I treat the issue?

A variety of things: Within the left lower quadrant, lies the sigmoid colon (part of the large intestine), the left ovary (females), and the left kidney ureter. Evaluation and treatment will depend on associated symptoms, e.g. diarrhea, constipation, blood in urine or stool, presence of mass and nature of discomfort. See a gastroenterologist if this persists or worsens. ...Read more

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My mum has an infection in her abdominal cavity, petrionitis. I just want to know if she will be alright?

My mum has an infection in her abdominal cavity, petrionitis. I just want to know if she will be alright?

Hopefully: Peritonitis can be life threatening. M source of the infection has to be found and treated. ...Read more

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Pain in abdominal cavity after vp shunt revision. What do you suggest?

CT scan: Pain in the abdominal area in patients with vp shunt may indicate a sub clinical infection of the shunt leading to cyst formation. A ct scan of the abdomen can determine if this cyst is present. ...Read more

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How is the distal tube of vp shunts placed/coiled in the abdominal cavity? How long/far in does it usually go?

How is the distal tube of vp shunts placed/coiled in the abdominal cavity? How long/far in does it usually go?

Patient specific: You have all these questions about your vp shunt. Your neurosurgeon can tell you exactly how he did yours and all questions you may have about the specific model of shunt that you have. Anything else is speculation. ...Read more

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Ovary up high in abdominal cavity closer to ribs after hysterectomy, very small and not in normal position. Problem? Sorry didn't word last? Right.

Ovary up high in abdominal cavity closer to ribs after hysterectomy, very small and not in normal position. Problem? Sorry didn't word last? Right.

No: The actual position of the ovary after hysterectomy is not as important as whether there is good blood flow from the ovary into the general circulation to provide the necessary hormones to the patient.. ...Read more

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giant hemagioma left lobe of the liver 11.6 by 17.9 by 15.2cm is it possible this mass caused liver to move downwards in my abdominal cavity. Why?

giant hemagioma left lobe of the liver 11.6 by 17.9 by 15.2cm is it possible this mass caused liver to move downwards in my abdominal cavity. Why?

Liver: That's a large mass and its expanded the size of your liver. Your liver hasn't moved but it takes us more space than before. ...Read more

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Does wheat increase the amount of fat that is stored in abdominal cavity? I was curious if a primarily carb diet from wheat leads to more weight gain.

Does wheat increase the amount of fat that is stored in abdominal cavity? I was curious if a primarily carb diet from wheat leads to more weight gain.

Yes if large amounts: A diet high in sugars and starches is probably the greatest contributor to obesity. The book wheat belly makes the case that wheat is a major factor. See http://thehealingproject. Us/2012/09/22/book-summary-wheat-belly-by-william-davis-md/ for a good summary. However, there are some strong critiques http://noglutennoproblem. Blogspot. Com/2012/03/wheat-belly-busted. Html
see my comments for more:. ...Read more

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If pancreatic juice leaks into the abdominal cavity, does it cause organ damage?

If pancreatic juice leaks into the abdominal cavity, does it cause organ damage?

Yes it: Will as it contains digestive enzymes. This would be a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Can retractile testis moves up to abdominal cavity and come down in a 5 month baby?

Can retractile testis moves up to abdominal cavity and come down in a 5 month baby?

Here are some. ..: A true retractile testis can be seen and palpable in the sac while the baby sleeps, and should be just followed up to puberty - the time to become staying in the sac, as long as there is no coexisting inguinal hernia and he is comfortable. But retractile testis may become "ascending" testis in some 25% of patients, which will require timely exploration and fixation (orchiopexy). So, ask Doc for... ...Read more

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Weird? After my hysterectomy I was told my ovary that was left is now in my abdominal cavity and not in pelvic cavity. Could that be a problem later

Weird? After my hysterectomy I was told my ovary that was left is now in my abdominal cavity and not in pelvic cavity. Could that be a problem later

Ovary after hysterec: Ovaries are suspended in the abdominal cavity after hysterctomy-this procedure is called 'ovariopexy".This is done to prevent discomfort with intercourse after hysterectomy.It will function just as well in the abdomen as its original location. I do not see this causing any problems later in life. ...Read more

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How is the distal tube of vp shunt placed in the abdominal cavity? What is the incision for in the process? Describe the procedure please?

How is the distal tube of vp shunt placed in the abdominal cavity? What is the incision for in the process? Describe the procedure please?

Distal tubing: There are several methods used including endoscopic placement with only one or two small incisions. I like to make a small incision in the abdomen which is opened to the peritoneum. I then place a shunt passer in the peritoneum and over the liver into the subcutaneous (fat) space and pass it up into the neck to join the proximal shunt catheter. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder out 2012. Woke up 2 days ago with pain/burning under right rib, across upper abdominal cavity & in stomach. No other symptoms. Why?

Had gallbladder out 2012. Woke up 2 days ago with pain/burning under right rib, across upper abdominal cavity & in stomach. No other symptoms. Why?

Abdominal pain: There are various possibilities causing abdominal pain in that area. The most common:acid reflux, gastritis, indigestion.There are other not so common causes, but to beat the most common usually a low fat, irritant free diet (caffeine, sauces, tomato, mint, spicy food) helps with symptoms. Among otc drugs tums, zantac (ranitidine) for example can help if not allergic to those. See pcp if not better. ...Read more

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I am very gassy and the left side of my abdominal cavity often feels irritated. What are some of the best ways to treat irritable bowel syndrome?

I am very gassy and the left side of my abdominal cavity often feels irritated. What are some of the best ways to treat irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: If you have been diagnosed with IBS, often increasing fiber intake and even taking a fiber supplement may help. You should increase your fluid intake if you do that. If this does not help, following a low FODMAP diet may help. You may need to Google that term for a more complete description. Good luck. ...Read more

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All of a sudden a pressure related pain in my left upper abdominal cavity sort of feeling the pressure up to my left trapezoid muscle. Feel like this could be heart burn?

All of a sudden a pressure related pain in my left upper abdominal cavity sort of feeling the pressure up to my left trapezoid muscle. Feel like this could be heart burn?

Possible: It affects people differently. Since you have had heartburn before and think this is heartburn try a double dose of either Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) and see if it helps. It is also possible that you could have pulled a muscle if you are working out. It is in your abdomen to the left so no vital organs there. ...Read more

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10 year-old who from the early age had urinary obstruction, had surgery at age 1 yr to unblock it, but now has 2 weeks of obstruction symptoms.....?

10 year-old who from the early age had urinary obstruction, had surgery at age 1 yr to unblock it, but now has 2 weeks of obstruction symptoms.....?

Needs diagnosis: He was probably born with posterior urethral valves (PUV) which Dr SB resected at age-1-yr. He may have urethral stricture at site of resection & thus requires urethrogram (VCUG) & likely cystoscopy. Might respond to endoscopic urethrotomy. Kidney damage common with PUV. Children's hospitals usually have endowment funds to help with such cases & many Drs. Will treat pro bono after treating so long ...Read more

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Why does the diaphragmatic hernia in the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Why does the diaphragmatic hernia in the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Usually on the Left: Congenital diaphragmatic hernias occur on the left 85% of the time and are posterior (bochdalek hernia), most the rest are located on the right posteriorly. About 2% occur anteriorly in the middle (morgagni hernia). Adults can get hiatal hernias on the left, because that is where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm to reach the stomach. Trauma and surgery can cause diaphragmatic hernias too. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, why in diaphragmatic hernia the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Can you tell me, why in diaphragmatic hernia the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Diaphragmatic hernia: Diaphragmatic hernias most commonly affect the left side of the diaphragm; that muscle between the abdominal cavity and the chest. A hernia is a hole or defect in the muscle. In the case of a diaphragmatic hernia, this hole creates an unusual connection between the abdomen and chest. The normally higher pressure within the abdomen will push abdominal organs from the abdomen up into the chest. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain, bloating and cramping with pain in my chest cavity. What is causing this? Clear chest xray and good breathing evaluation...

Chest pain and abd p: Can be from many things. You did not specify the side. Recurrent pain is not normal - if severe you should go to the er. Sometimes this can be from your heart or esophagus. If it is lower down any of your organs in the abdomen can also be next to the diaphragm and cause pain on both sides. You need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Which of these types of ectopic pregnancy: tubal, ovarian, abdominal, uterine (outside uterine cavity but still in uterus) is most viable for birth?

Which of these types of ectopic pregnancy: tubal, ovarian, abdominal, uterine (outside uterine cavity but still in uterus) is most viable for birth?

None: They are all lethal to baby and mother. There are extremely rare cases of an abdominal pregnancy being viable, but these did not start out as ectopics but 'fell' out of a ruptured uterus. Ectopic is not viable, end of story. ...Read more

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What is the loose fluid in the abdomen a sign of?

What is the loose fluid in the abdomen a sign of?

Liver trouble: Most common form of free fluid in the abdomen, known as ascites, is a liver so hardened and disease that it causes decrease blood flow through the liver vessels and main draining veins. This together with low protein levels in the blood due to liver disease causes fluid to seep outside the vessels and into the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Afetr you have had a timmy tuck, how will the fluid be removed from the abdomen?

Afetr you have had a timmy tuck, how will the fluid be removed from the abdomen?

Drains: Many plastic surgeons will place 1 or 2 drains to remove the fluid from the abdomen. A drain is a small plastic tube connected to a container to collect the fluid. The container usually creates some suction to pull the fluid out. ...Read more

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How do fluids drain from the abdomen?

How do fluids drain from the abdomen?

Absorption: If they are outside of the gut and simply free in the abdomen your body will gradually absorbe them. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a little fluid in abdomen or is that bad?

Some fluid: In abdominal cavity is normal but increase needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is there a surgical procedure to remove fluid from the abdomen?

Is there a surgical procedure to remove fluid from the abdomen?

Paracentesis: Paracentesis is a procedure whereby a needle is placed into the abdominal cavity to remove fluid. This can be done to diagnose a condition, or relieve discomfort from the abdomen being distended. However, it is important to find out the underlying cause of the accumulated fluid and treat it primarily if possible because the fluid will like reaccumulate if the condition persists. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more