Adam Merando

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Left upper quadrant Abdominal Pain

Left Upper Quadrant Abdominal Pain I. Problem/Condition. Left upper quadrant (LUQ) pain has a wide and varied differential diagnosis. This differential is driven by the overlying structures (skin) as well as the internal organs that populate the LUQ of the abdomen. It is important to understand the quality of the pain (constant versus colicky, dull…

Dysphagia and odynophagia

Dysphagia and odynophagia I. Problem/Condition. Dysphagia is the sensation of having difficulty swallowing. This can range from difficulty with deglutition (the coordinated, active process of passing food and liquids from the oral cavity into the oropharynx and below) to the passive passage of contents from the oropharynx through the esophagus and into the stomach. Odynophagia,…

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