January 11, 2015 |
A middle-aged man came to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia after enduring seven months of diarrhea and joint pain. He'd lost a great deal of weight, even though his diet was normal. A physical examination showed him to be severely debilitated, with muscle wasting and a markedly distended abdomen. Four liters of fluid were removed from his abdomen for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. The most common causes of that kind of fluid accumulation - called ascites - are liver disease, kidney disease, and malignancy.
July 28, 2013
Q: When I wake up, my stomach is bloated and full of gas. The gas I pass is loud and long, and embarrassing, but it hurts if I hold it in. What can I do about it? A: First, some gas in the gastrointestinal tract is absolutely normal. It is estimated the average healthy person passes gas around 10 to 20 times a day! Gas in the small and large intestines usually comes from the action of bacteria on one's food. Bacteria use food for energy and produce various gases such as methane, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide.
March 26, 2012 |
Question: For the last six months, I've had two attacks of small bowel obstruction caused by adhesions. I've been told that there's nothing I can do to prevent future attacks. Can you elaborate on this subject? Answer: Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent the recurrence of those painful, pesky, periodic obstructions to one or more loops of bowel that make up the small intestine. Adhesions are areas of tough, fibrous scar tissue that develop in the abdomen as a result of prior surgery like an appendectomy or gall bladder removal.
December 10, 2006 |
Nicole Petro is thrilled with what she's getting for Christmas this year. The 18-year-old high-school senior is scheduled for gastric bypass surgery five days before Christmas at Barix Clinics of Pennsylvania in Langhorne. At 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 265 pounds, Petro hopes the operation will succeed where diet and other weight-loss programs failed her. "It's about my future," said Petro, who has been dreaming of having the surgery since she was 15. "I've had a weight problem for eight years.
January 18, 2003 |
Outraged by the foul language and off-color comments uttered during the 30th annual American Music Awards, Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond stormed out of the auditorium before announcing the act she was there to present. In an interview with her hometown Cleveland newspaper, the Plain Dealer, Heaton said she was disgusted by "an onslaught of lewd jokes and off-color remarks" by the show's hosts, the Osbournes, and many of the presenters. The show was broadcast Monday on ABC. Describing her experience, Heaton said, "I was going to present what's called a video package - a look at 30 years of the American Music Awards.
May 21, 2001 |
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith, out of the hospital after abdominal surgery, plans to play this season. "I'm suiting up next fall," Smith told the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville after being released this weekend after 19 days in two hospitals. The 32-year-old player had two operations in early April to repair scar tissue and remove an obstruction to his small intestine. Those were remnants of intestinal surgery and an appendectomy he had in 1993. He was readmitted to the hospital April 28 and the Jaguars said it was because his recovery had been slower than expected.
May 1, 2001 |
Richmond Webb, a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins, agreed yesterday to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Webb, 34, would be the likely starter at left tackle, a position that has been a problem for the Bengals. For 10 seasons, he protected former Miami quarterback Dan Marino's blind side. "I think, with the money they're paying him, they're planning on him being a starter," Webb's agent, Steve Zucker, said of the Bengals.
January 24, 2000 |
Sebastian Janikowski, Florida State's two-time all-American kicker, was arrested at a nightclub early yesterday in Tallahassee, Fla., and accused of attempting to bribe a police officer into releasing his roommate, Aaron Silverman. The arrest was yet another problem with the law for the championship Florida State team. Bribery is a third-degree felony, but it is up to the state Attorney General's Office to charge Janikowski officially. Police said he might be charged with greater or lesser offenses.
August 25, 1995 |
San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross underwent surgery last night to relieve pressure from scar tissue that was pinching his small intestine and causing pain. Team spokesman Bill Johnston said Ross could remain at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., for four to five days, meaning he'll miss tonight's exhibition finale against the St. Louis Rams. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen will fill in for Ross. Trainer Keoki Kamau said the problem stemmed from an appendectomy performed on Ross some 35 years ago. "As it was explained to me by the physician, the scar tissue came over and started to entrap the small intestine," Kamau said.
June 14, 1995 |
J.J. was a fighter. Born with a twisted intestine that went undetected until he collapsed at age 6, Gerald "J.J. " Wilcher Jr., of West Philadelphia, survived for four years without a small intestine and with a deteriorated liver. He moved to Omaha last summer to have a liver/intestine transplant. The new intestine had to be removed in October, however, so he was waiting for another intestine transplant. Over Memorial Day weekend, he danced to a rap song at a barbecue.