The appendix is a hollow structure about the size of your little finger and opens off the colon (large bowel). The purpose of the appendix is unclear, but if it is blocked, it may become infected. Your side may hurt so much that you called your doctor or when straight to the emergency room. If the symptoms came on quickly, you may have appendicitis.
Having breast cancer means that some cells in your breast are growing abnormally. Learning about the different types and stages of breast cancer can help you take an active role in your treatment.
Cancer occurs when cells in the body begin changing and multiplying out of control. These cells can form lumps of tissue called tumors. Cancer that forms in the colon is called colon cancer.
Also referred to as cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gallbladder wall and nearby abdominal lining. Cholecystitis is usually caused by a gallstone in the cystic duct which connects the gallbladder to the hepatic duct.
A hernia (or rupture) is a weakness or defect in the wall of the abdomen. This weakness may be present at birth or it can be caused by the wear and tear of daily living. If left untreated, a hernia can get worse with time and physical distress.
Many disorders of the pancreas require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Some of the more common disorders include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
Many disorders of the thyroid require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional.