Stomach Pain Quiz: Nausea & Other Causes

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Bowel regularity means a bowel movement every day.

There is variation among people in their bowel habits and in what's considered normal. The frequency of bowel movements in healthy people varies according to age, diet, and activity level.

True False

Most food digests in your stomach.

The small intestine is the area in which most digestion occurs. In the first part of the small intestine (duodenum), food from the stomach is mixed with bile from the gallbladder and enzymes from the pancreas that help digest food.

After leaving the small intestine, food is passed into the large intestine or colon, where water is extracted. The remaining material passes out of the body as stool or feces.

True False

How long is your small intestine?

The length of the small intestine is approximately 22 feet. The large intestine (colon), in contrast, is only 5 feet in length.

7 feet 10 feet 22 feet 30 feet

An average healthy person passes gas _____ times a day.

Passing gas is quite normal, and healthy people can pass gas around 13-21 times a day. Foods that lead to gas in one person may not have the same effect in other people. Passing gas with greater frequency than this might suggest a problem with digestion of some type of carbohydrates.

9 14 19 24

The stomach flu is caused by influenza "flu" viruses.

Gastroenteritis caused by viruses is referred to as the "stomach flu", but this is not the same as true influenza caused by the influenza viruses. Viral gastroenteritis is contagious from person to person and can be spread by contaminated surfaces, hands, air droplets, or food and drink.

True False

The spleen is part of the human digestive system.

The spleen is an organ in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen that serves to filter the blood. It is not part of the digestive system.

True False

Emesis is the medical term for ________________.

Emesis is the medical term for vomiting, or expulsion of the stomach contents through the mouth. Vomiting typically follows nausea and is an automatic behavior that occurs in response to stimulation of a specific region of the brainstem known as the vomiting center.

Nausea Vomiting

______________ is a common term for GERD.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is sometimes referred to simply as acid reflux. In this condition, acidic stomach contents pass backwards up into the esophagus.

Gastritis Acid reflux

Probiotics are live bacteria that when ingested benefit a person's health.

Probiotics are living microorganisms that are ingested for the purpose of health benefits. Probiotics can include foods like yogurt, supplements, and some kinds of topical products such as creams. Many bacteria have health-promoting effects, such as the bacteria normally present in the intestinal tract that aid digestion. Many of the organisms in probiotics are similar to or the same as those that occur naturally in the body.

True False

Ulcerative colitis is most closely related to _________________.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are both inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon) only, but Crohn's disease can affect any location in the gastrointestinal tract.

Pancreatitis Rectal bleeding Crohn's disease Acid reflux

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