In-depth

Alternative medicine

Tai chi

Complications

Intestinal obstruction

Intestinal obstruction — a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention — occurs when a blockage of the intestine prevents food or fluid from passing through.

Symptoms

Abdominal pain

Find out what causes different types of abdominal pain.

Anal pain

Nausea and vomiting

Rectal bleeding

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.

Unexplained weight loss

Wheezing

Tests and diagnosis

Capsule endoscopy

Find out how doctors use a tiny camera within a pill to see hard-to-reach parts of your digestive tract.

Colonoscopy

CT scan

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

Positron emission tomography scan

Upper endoscopy

Urinalysis

Urinalysis can be used to assess your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

X-ray

Dec. 20, 2012