Adhesion...definition of adhesion

From: Helen Dynda (
Sat Mar 3 21:34:47 2001

Adhesion (ad he"zh*n) is the growing together of body tissues that are normally separate. Adhesions ( protective bands ) form in some disorders, following injuries, or following surgery. The sticky healing fluid produced by the damaged internal tissue can solidify to form a band. This band then joins the injured tissue to any body structure or organ with which it comes in contact. Often this is a cavity wall, particularly in the abdomen. Usually this type of adhesion produces no problems. But if the structure so attached is normally free-moving, serious problems may result. The problem may require surgery. Abdominal adhesions of the bowel, for example, can produce pain and obstruction, which may demand surgical correction.

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