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Surgical adhesions can be treated, prevented in mice

from Standord Medicine

A cellular culprit — as well as a possible treatment — for a common, sometimes life-threating post-surgical complication has been identified by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The condition arises when abnormal fibrous connections called adhesions form after abdominal surgery, tethering our normally slippery organs together or anchoring them to the abdominal wall. Symptoms can include chronic pain, female infertility, bowel obstruction and, occasionally, death. According to the National Institutes of Health, the annual cost of treating post-surgical adhesions in the United States surpasses $1 billion. more

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