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Noun1.gastrointestinal tract - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anusgastrointestinal tract - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel - a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
digestive system, gastrointestinal system, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium - the system that makes food absorbable into the body
stomach, tum, tummy, breadbasket - an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
enteron - the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
esophagus, gullet, oesophagus, gorge - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
small intestine - the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
large intestine - beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
pharynx, throat - the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
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The ingestion of corrosive substances has devastating effects on the upper gastrointestinal tract and present major problems in their management.
Endoscopic stenting procedure is characterized by high patient comfort and low morbidity and mortality rates and is employed for primary treatment and postoperative complication management of many benign and malignant disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
The exclusion criteria for the control group were (1) a known history of lung cancer, (2) prior Helicobacter eradication therapy, (3) consumption of acid suppressive drugs or antibiotics in the preceding 6 months, and (4) a history of operation of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
We consider that it is important to place a drain to the operation site for early controlling and treatment of bile leakage because of liver, biliary tract, pancreas, and upper gastrointestinal tract surgery, which are likely to encounter undesired surprises such as bile leakage due to the anatomical variations of the bile duct.
The bird was anesthetized using the same anesthetic protocol, and the upper gastrointestinal tract was examined by flexible endoscopy using an 8.6 mm gastroscope (Olympus America Corp, Center Valley, PA, USA).
Gastroparesis was diagnosed if all the following conditions were present: (1) upper abdominal pain, early satiety, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and other symptoms of indigestion; (2) no mechanical obstruction, peptic ulcer, erosive gastritis, esophagitis, tumor, or other organic diseases, as confirmed by endoscopy or upper gastrointestinal barium meal X-ray; and (3) barium strip emptying test in the upper gastrointestinal tract revealed delayed gastric emptying.
Eighteen (51.4%) patients presented with predominantly nonspecific upper gastrointestinal tract (GIT ) symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and epigastric discomfort, 29 (82.85%) patients with postoperative large pericardial effusion had undergone mechanical valve replacement surgery.
In an attempt to look at the risk of death in a lower-risk cohort, the researchers analyzed a subgroup of participants who did not have the conditions for which PPIs are normally prescribed, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding, ulcer disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and Barrett's esophagus.
DL may determine up to 6% of nonvariceal bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract ([28,29]) and 1% to 2% of all acute digestive hemorrhage ([16,30]).
Chatzimavroudis, "Endoscopic techniques and management of foreign body ingestion and food bolus impaction in the upper gastrointestinal tract: a retrospective analysis of 139 cases," Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, vol.
They can be incidentally discovered in the upper gastrointestinal tract during endoscopy [3].
Our patient had a longstanding history of alcohol abuse, which is also a major risk factor for cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract. We suspect that alcoholism was conducive to the observed brain abscess, particularly given the immunosuppressive effects associated with alcohol consumption [11].

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