Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the structure, functions and diseases of your digestive tract. Symptoms and complaints related to the digestive tract are some of the most common reasons we take over-the-counter medications, prescription medication or seek the advice of health-care providers.
Gastroenterologists, or “GIs,” are medical specialists with extensive training in diseases of the digestive tract. GIs can answer your questions, perform tests in making a diagnosis and prescribe the best course of treatment to help you feel better.
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The following guides will provide some basic facts to help you better understand your condition and to serve as a starting point for discussions with your doctor;
provide some basic facts about how GIs treat and manage all aspects of the digestive tract, including nutritional needs and obesity, as well as complications from medications; and help you understand how GI procedures can benefit you and what you can expect before, during and after.
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Colonoscopy refers to a medical procedure during which a long flexible tube is used to look inside the colon.
Upper GI endoscopy can be helpful in the evaluation or diagnosis of various problems, including difficult or painful swallowing, pain in the stomach or abdomen, and bleeding, ulcers and tumors.
CT colonography is a procedure for the screening of colorectal cancer using a CAT scan.
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Information on Celiac Sprue found on websites Celiac Sprue Association, eMedicineHealth, MedicineNet, Celiac.com, WebMD, Right Diagnosis, and Celiac Disease Foundation is reviewed.
Information on esophageal disease found on WebMD, Wikipedia, HealthCentral, WrongDiagnosis, ACG, AGA and UpToDate is reviewed.
Hepatitis C information found on MedicineNet, Mayo Clinic, Hepatitis Central, Veterans Affairs Hepatitis C website, emedicinehealth, and UpToDate is reviewed.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease information on WebMD, eMedicineHealth, MedicineNet, CCFA, Foundation for Clinical Research in IBD, UpToDate, and Wikipedia is reviewed.
IBS information on the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Mayo Clinic, WebMD, UpToDate, Healthline, MedicineNet, Wikipedia, and IBS Support Group is reviewed.
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IBS is a common disorder of the intestines that leads to crampy pain, gassiness, bloating and changes in bowel habits.
Although gas usually is not a sign of a medical problem, it can be. So if you have persistent or extreme gassiness (flatulence), mention it to your doctor when you have a checkup.
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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to interfere with the proper function of the small intestine.
Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is permanently scarred or injured by chronic conditions and diseases.
Each year, Clostridium difficile bacterium infects roughly 500,000 people in the U.S., sending more than 347,000 to the hospital for treatment.
Constipation is the infrequent and/or difficult passage of stool.
Gallstones are crystallized pieces of bile, which can range in size from microscopic to more than one inch.
The two major illnesses that are recognized most often as inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that usually begins as a sudden attack and is often caused by gallstones or alcohol abuse.
Peptic ulcer disease occurs when painful sores develop in the lining of the stomach or intestines.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Currently there are at least five different viruses known to cause viral hepatitis.
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Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the structure, functions and diseases of your digestive tract.
Gastroenterología es una rama de la medicina que se centra en la estructura, las funciones y las enfermedades del aparato digestivo.
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