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Ch 17: Understanding Gastrointestinal Disorders

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Short lessons and multiple-choice quizzes are provided in this chapter to help you understand gastrointestinal disorders. This comprehensive study guide provides a flexible and easy way to study for an exam because it's accessible to you 24 hours a day on your mobile device or computer.

Understanding Gastrointestinal Disorders - Chapter Summary

A variety of gastrointestinal disorders are discussed thoroughly in this chapter for your review. These include treatments for acute abdominal trauma, the causes and treatments of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and the symptoms of a bowel obstruction. You'll also study how mesenteric ischemia and bowel infarctions are diagnosed, as well as the causes of perforated bowels. This chapter can help you achieve the following:

  • Define GERD and how it's treated
  • Explain the causes and risk factors of portal hypertension
  • Detail some of the causes of cirrhosis
  • Discuss causes and symptoms of esophageal varices
  • Identify who is affected by the rare disease biliary atresia
  • Describe the causes of malabsorption in the GI tract and how they are connected to each other
  • Outline the effects of nutritional disturbances
  • Explain the signs and diagnosis of pancreatitis

Challenging subject matter is a piece of cake with our professionally designed and user-friendly learning tools. Each bite-size lesson walks you through these topics and allows you to move at your own pace. Test yourself using the lesson quizzes and chapter test to make sure you're following along well. And you can reach out to an instructor through the Dashboard at any time with your questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 17: Understanding Gastrointestinal Disorders
Acute Abdominal Trauma: Types, Diagnosis & Treatment

1. Acute Abdominal Trauma: Types, Diagnosis & Treatment

Acute abdominal trauma can involve very serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Find out about the types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for acute abdominal trauma.

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Symptoms & Causes

2. Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Symptoms & Causes

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can be a scary sight and can be life-threatening. In this lesson, we will learn about symptoms and causes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Management & Treatment

3. Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Management & Treatment

An upper gastrointestinal bleed is a serious condition and can be life threatening. In this lesson, we will learn about management and treatment for upper gastrointestinal bleeds.

What Is a Bowel Obstruction? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

4. What Is a Bowel Obstruction? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe what a bowel obstruction is, as well as the causes, symptoms and treatment of the condition. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Bowel Infarction & Mesenteric Ischemia: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

5. Bowel Infarction & Mesenteric Ischemia: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Bowel infarctions and mesenteric ischemia refer to a very serious, life-threatening condition that affects the abdominal region of the body. What causes this condition? How is it diagnosed and treated? Continue reading to find out!

Perforated Bowels: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

6. Perforated Bowels: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

A perforated bowel is a potentially life-threatening condition. Learn all about perforated bowels, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this medical emergency.

What Is GERD? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

7. What Is GERD? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a medical condition that effects the esophagus. When stomach contents travel back into the esophagus it can produce a burning sensation in the chest.

Portal Hypertension: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

8. Portal Hypertension: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Portal hypertension is a condition of high blood pressure within one of the major blood vessels associated with the liver. Read this lesson for more detailed information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of portal hypertension.

Cirrhosis: Definition, Causes & Treatments

9. Cirrhosis: Definition, Causes & Treatments

This lesson will discuss cirrhosis, why it may occur, what it looks like, and how it may be treated. Additionally, you'll learn about fibrosis, hypertension, and what signs to look for on diagnostic tests.

Esophageal Varices: Definition, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

10. Esophageal Varices: Definition, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

This lesson will define esophageal varices, describing symptoms, and discussing causes and treatment. Esophageal varices are serious and relate to the health of the liver.

Biliary Atresia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

11. Biliary Atresia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Biliary atresia is a rare and serious condition affecting newborn infants. This lesson will review its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments while following a case study.

Malabsorption in the GI Tract

12. Malabsorption in the GI Tract

We will cover the major causes and processes of malabsorption in the GI tract and how they may connect with one another in different ways. This will include taking a look at the organs of the GI tract and their respective diseases.

Common Nutritional Disturbances

13. Common Nutritional Disturbances

There are many situations that can affect a person's nutrition. Learn more about common nutritional disturbances and their effects on the body and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Acute & Chronic Pancreatitis: Causes, Signs & Treatments

14. Acute & Chronic Pancreatitis: Causes, Signs & Treatments

This lesson will discuss pancreatitis. We'll go over what a normal pancreas is supposed to do and what goes on during pancreatitis. We'll briefly touch upon its diagnosis and treatment as well.

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