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General surgery - Practice area 161
A general surgeon has principal expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Additionally, general surgeons are trained in the care of pediatric and cancer patients, as well as in the treatment of patients who are injured or critically ill. General surgeons typically treat problems including hernias, breast tumors, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, gallstones, appendicitis, colon cancer, and colon inflammation.
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