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Dystonia

Dystonia is a class of movement disorders in which muscle contractions cause twisting and abnormal postures. These movements are involuntary and often painful, and they can...

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a nervous system disorder that affects the body's movement. The disease results from the gradual deterioration of the dopamine-producing nerve cells...

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy (RT) is a treatment modality that uses radioactive sources. It also is known as radiotherapy. RT uses high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays,...

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a rare cancer caused when infection-fighting white blood cells become malignant and attack the skin. This results in rashes and, sometimes,...

Cancer Services

About UAB Medicine Cancer Services The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center provides the latest in advanced cancer care for patients in Alabama and the surrounding region....

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the lymph tissue. This tissue is found in the lymph nodes, spleen and other organs that are part of the immune system. White blood cells, or...

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of chronic, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that occurs in the colon with symptoms developing slowly over time. It stems from an inflammation of...

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is out-of-control cell growth that develops in the colon. Often it is referred to as colorectal cancer, meaning cancer of the colon and rectum. The colon is a...

Thyroid Disease

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck that produces thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone controls many of the body’s functions, such as heart rate and how fast calories...

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is malignant cell growth in the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck that produces hormones that regulate the body's use of energy and...

Radiofrequency Ablation

In radiofrequency ablation, a small electrical current is used to heat up an area of nerve tissue after numbing the nerve. The nerve is then unable...

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach that helps with digestion and turning food into energy. Causes of pancreatitis include gallstones, heavy alcohol...

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a fast-growing cancer that originates just behind the stomach in the pancreas. The pancreas is a small organ that produces substances called enzymes and hormones, which help...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem with the intestines that causes pain or discomfort in the stomach area. Pain may occur alone or with constipation or diarrhea....

Obesity

Obesity is a condition in which people have an unhealthy amount of excess body fat for their height and age. It is caused by consuming more calories than the body uses. The...

Operative Laparoscopy

Operative laparoscopy is minimally invasive surgery performed through flexible tubes (laparoscopes) with lighting and viewing capabilities. The tubes are inserted into the...

Hyperparathyroidism

The parathyroid glands are located in the neck, near or attached to the thyroid gland. They produce parathyroid hormone, a chemical in the body that controls the levels of calcium, phosphorus, and...

GERD

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when the muscle at the end of the esophagus (the "food tube" that connects the mouth to the stomach) fails to close, allowing...

Gallstone

Gallstones are pieces of solid digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder, a pear-shaped organ under the liver. The gallbladder's job is to store bile, a fluid made by the...

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure used to examine the colon, also called the large intestine or bowel. The colon and rectum form the last part of the body's...