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What Is Your Bellybutton Connected To As An Adult
Nothing!: The bellybutton is essentially scar tissue (left over from the neonatal umbilical cord) that is fused with the abdominal wall. There are some pediatric surgical problems involving remaining attachments to the umbilical stump, but normally the belly button is not "attached" to anything. In fact, many laparascopic surgeries use the belly button as an entry point into the abdomen. ...Read more
Not true: Embryologically speaking, there is a loose connection, both being part of immature forming GI tract, but there is no physical connection, which is what you are asking, I think? ...Read more
19y/o F (DX: Inappropriate Sinus Tach): occasional abdominal & lower back pain. Just noticed a pulse feeling around bellybutton. Could be connected?
Pulsation: Prominent pulsation within the abdomen usually stems from the aorta which is a large artery and it is not too unusual to feel it especially in slender people. Abnormally prominent pulsations can be due to an aortic aneurysm Which can cause back and occasional abdominal discomfort. For peace of mind get examined by a physician who will perform a careful examination of your abdomen and then advise ...Read more
Can't really do that: There is no true "ligament" connected to the belly button. It is unlikely that the structure called the "umbilical ligament" could be injured by any activity. ...Read more
I tried to spread out my belly button to look deep inside and I saw a red thing sticking out of it. But it's deep at the bottom of my belly button. What is it? I don't think it hurts. Is it connected to something?
What are some options for removing a piece of skin sticking out of belly button in adults, presumably since childhood?
Is there an artery or vein connected to the navel, as an adult? Would there be any health implications if this connection were to break? Thanks
Navel is a remnant:
The navel is more like a scar or remnant of where the umbilical cord was attached. There are no vessel in it or attached to it as an adult
so there is no risk of any vessels breaking. ...Read more
No: I don't see how these two would be related. If the bleeding persists you should see a doctor. Take care! ...Read more
Are there any arteries or veins connected to the navel (as an adult)? Would it be safe to do surgery on the navel? Would there be blood? Thanks.
Only as Fetus: When the human baby (fetus) develops in the womb, it is hooked up to the placenta by the umbilical artery and vein. These vessels passed into the baby by way of the umbilicus. Once born, these vessels almost disappear, and by adulthood are only represented by the ligament of treitz. Surgery on the navel is safe and is a frequently used in laparoscopic surgery. Expect minimal blood loss. ...Read more
Pain in breasts, pain at right side of belly button, can't stay awake, awful heartburn. Connected? What is the problem? I'm 23.
Inside belly button tender/sore for days now a bit of blood expelling. Also noticed a bit of vaginal bleeding? Period NOT due. Connected?
Possibly: A period can come at a time other than when due if there is stress of any sort on the hormonal signals. If you have bleeding from your belly button during your period, you could possibly have an endometrial implant there (Endometriosis). I would see the doctor to get your umbilicus checked for infection and possibly for a pelvic exam if you have not been evaluated recently or are sexually active ...Read more
Skin infection: Without seeing this infection I would discuss hygeine and keeping the ring clean. But, if antibiotics do not help then the temporary removal of the ring may be warranted until the infection is fully treated. ...Read more
I'm don't know: But I'm guessing it could be from stomach irritation or intestinal spasm. Best wishes! ...Read more
Many things: For example if after a shower you don't dry the umbilicus (belly button) well you might start a yeast condition. Also irritation from elastic from underwear can cause itching & irritation. Check to make sure the umbilicus is clear of any debris like hair and threads. I have advised many patients that after a bath or shower use a hairdryer to make sure the umbilicus is dry. ...Read more
Reflex: There is a so-called "gastro-colic" reflex in that when you ingest food, neural messages are sent to the colon to start getting active; you may be sensitive in such a way that you feel the effects of this;. ...Read more
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