Liver Transplantation – Information About the Procedure – Operation

Liver Transplant Surgery Definition Liver Transplantation – an operation to replace a diseased liver with a donor liver as a treatment for end-stage liver failure. Following liver transplantation, most people are able to return to full and active lives though must continue taking medications to suppress rejection of the donor liver (immunosuppressive therapy). Surgeons performed the first successful liver transplantation in […]

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Barium Enema Procedure

Barium Enema Definition Barium Enema is a diagnostic imaging procedure to examine the structures of the lower gastrointestinal tract including the rectum and colon, sometimes called a lower GI (gastrointestinal) series. The gastroenterologist may request a barium enema to help diagnose intestinal polyps, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (ibs), hirschsprung’s disease, intestinal obstruction, colorectal cancer, and rectal prolapse. Preparation for […]

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Esophageal Atresia – Treatment, Repair and Surgery

Esophageal Atresia Definition Esophageal Atresia is a congenital anomaly in which the esophagus fails to form properly and does not connect to the stomach. The esophagus may stop short at any location from the back of the throat to the top of the stomach or may extend to the stomach but not connect. Often there is also a tracheal–esophageal fistula […]

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Malabsorption Syndrome – Causes and Symptoms

Definition of Malabsorption Syndrome Inadequate absorption of nutrients into the blood circulation from the small intestine during digestion, also called malabsorption syndrome. It may result from damage to the small intestine that restricts the surface area of the intestinal mucosa (lining) or may develop as a consequence of digestive enzyme deficiencies. Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, cystic fibrosis, gastroenteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) are among […]

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Barium Swallow – Definition

Barium Swallow Definition Barium Swallow is a diagnostic imaging procedure to examine the structures of the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine), sometimes called an upper GI (gastrointestinal) series. The gastroenterologist may request a barium swallow to help diagnose hiatal hernia, esophageal obstruction, esophageal spasm, stomach dysfunction, and peptic ulcer disease. Preparation for barium […]

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