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Alcoholic hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by excessive drinking.
The most common symptom of alcoholic hepatitis is jaundice. Patients can also experience loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, fatigue and abdominal tenderness.
Alcoholic hepatitis can lead to scar tissue of the liver. Scar tissue can reduce blood flow through the liver and thus cause an increase in pressure of a portal vein. This, in turn, can lead to internal bleeding of the espophagus or stomach.
Scar tissue can also lead to ascites, which is the accumulation of infected fluid in the abdomen.
Finally, inflammation of the liver can also cause kidney failure due to disruption of blood flow.
Ampullary cancer usually forms where the bile duct and pancreatic duct join and then empty into the small intestine. It may also form near other parts of the digestive system.
Symptoms may include jaundice, clay-colored stools, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. Treatment generally involves extensive surgery.
Anemia occurs when the body does not produce sufficient red blood cells. Red blood cells are required in order to deliver oxygen throughout the body. Symptoms of anemia include feelings of tiredness and weakness. It can be treated with a prescription of supplements but sometimes requires a medical procedure. Good nutrition may have a positive effect on persons suffering from anemia. More serious forms of anemia can result in arrhythmia.
Appendicitis creates pain in the lower right abdomen when the appendix is inflamed. Generally, surgery is required to remove the appendix. Additional symptoms include pain during coughing or walking; nausea and vomiting; loss of appetite; fever; constipation or diarrhea. The cause of appendicitis is usually blockage in the appendix lining leading to an infection. A ruptured appendix can spread an infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This requires emergency surgery.
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten. This triggers an immune response in the small intestine, damaging it and causing malabsorption. The intestinal damage also leads to diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia. When the immune system reacts to gluten found in food, the malabsorption causes a nutrient deficiency. If untreated, celiac disease can therefore cause malnutrition, weakening of the bones and infertility. There is a greater risk of developing cancer including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.