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Bile: A substance produced by the liver, concentrated and stored in the gallbladder. Bile contains many different substances, including bile salts, cholesterol, and bilirubin. After a meal, the gallbladder pumps bile into the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) to keep the intestine's contents at the appropriate pH for digestion, and to help break down fat.


Biliary: Pertaining to the bile, to the bile ducts, or to the gallbladder.


Biliary Catheter (biliary decompression catheter):A catheter inserted via a skin incision through the liver and common bile duct into the duodenum. Its purpose is to provide drainage of bile past obstructed bile ducts and into the small intestine, where it aids digestion.


Colectomy: A surgical removal of all or part of the colon.


Cecum: Alternative Title: caecum. Cecum, also spelled caecum, pouch or large tubelike structure in the lower abdominal cavity that receives undigested food material from the small intestine and is considered the first region of the large intestine.


Deep Vein Thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a major vein that usually develops in the legs and/or pelvis.


Femoral Artery:

  • The chief artery of the thigh.

  • Large blood vessel in the pelvis that leads into the leg.



A fistula is defined as a small tunnel


Gastrointestinal Fistula: A gastrointestinal fistula (GIF) is an abnormal opening in your digestive tract that causes gastric fluids to seep through the lining of your stomach or intestines. This can result in infection when these fluids leak into your skin or other organs.



Hysterectomy: A surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus.


Ileostomy: A surgical operation in which a piece of the ileum is diverted to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall.

  • an opening so formed


Ileum: The third portion of the small intestine, between the jejunum and the cecum.


A subspecialty of radiology that provides diagnostic information. -eg CT-guided 'skinny' needle biopsies and dy injection for analysis of various lumina and tracts. - eg Arteriography, Cholangiography, Antegrade pyelography or therapeutic options. -eg percutaneous nephrostomy or biliary drainage.

interventional radiology


Intermittent Pneumatic Compression: IPC pumps and garments provide a safe and effective method of preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) by replicating what the body does naturally.


The jejunum is the middle segment of the small intestine found between the duodenum and the ileum. Most of the nutrients present in food are absorbed by the jejunum before being passed on to the ileum for further absorption.



JP-Drain:A Jackson-Pratt Drain (also called a JP Drain) is a closed-suction medical device that is commonly used as a post-operative drain for collecting bodily fluids from surgical sites. The device consists of an internal drain connected to a grenade-shaped bulb via plastic tubing.


Nasogastric intubation:A tube used for feeding or suctioning stomach contents; inserted through the nose and down the esophagus into the stomach.


PICC Line (Peripherally inserted central catheter):

A peripherally inserted central catheter, less commonly called a percutaneous indwelling central catheter, is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time.


Septic: (chiefly of a wound or a part of the body) infected with bacteria.

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