Chapter 6 (Kinney) - Ch. 6: Medical Complications Alcohol...

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Ch. 6: Medical Complications § Alcohol Dependence o Primary disease o Later secondary medical complications - Involving almost every organ system o Lower quality of life § Visible Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Heavy Drinking o Women experience medical complications that come sooner and are more severe § Gastrointestinal system o GI system § Where the first steps of alcohol metabolism take place § Direct and indirect effects o Irritation, bleeding, and malabsorption § Esophagitis - Irritated esophagus - Midchest pain and pain when swallowing § Gastritis - Inflammation - Abdominal pain § Ulcers - Bleeding of the stomach or duodenum § GI bleeding - The irritation of the stomach lining § Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - Relaxation of the sphincter in the lower part of the esophagus - Reduced motility § Risk for esophageal cancer o Pancreatitis § Acute inflammation of the pancreas § Function of the pancreas - Production of digestive juices to break down starches, fat, and proteins - Secreted into the duodenum through the pancreatic duct - Alkaline pancreatic secretions neutralize the stomach’s acid contents § Symptoms - Nausea - Vomiting - Diarrhea - Severe upper abdominal pain
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§ Chronic pancreatitis in heavy drinkers o Gallbladder disease § Moderate alcohol use decreases the risk of gallstones and gallbladder disease o Liver disease § Liver’s functions - Breaks down nutrients, toxins, and medications - Manufactures certain blood components - Stores certain vitamins (B-12) - Helps regulate blood sugar levels - Metabolizes alcohol § Acute fatty liver
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2010 for the course HLTH 208 taught by Professor Joanstivers during the Fall '09 term at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

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Chapter 6 (Kinney) - Ch. 6: Medical Complications Alcohol...

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