Last Updated on Jul 28, 2016

Glossary

Peptic ulcer: Ulceration in the inner lining of the stomach or intestine

Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Dilatation of the aorta, the largest artery within the abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is prone to rupture

Sepsis: Infection of the blood

Prone positioning: Lying in stomach downward position

Abscess: A localized collection of pus

Laparoscopy: Keyhole surgery in the abdomen

Inferior vena cava: One of the largest veins that transports blood from the lower half of the body to the heart

Diaphragm: Fibromuscular partition between the thorax and the abdomen

Edema: Accumulation of fluid within tissues or body cavities

Urinary catheter: Tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine

Ascites: Accumulation of fluid within the abdomen

Fistula: An abnormal communication between two body cavities

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