Digestive Conditions

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With such a complex system encompassing so many (literally) moving parts, it is no surprise digestive conditions are among the most common complaints heard by doctors. In fact, they account for nearly 50 million visits to the doctor each year. From the common complaint of heartburn to the treatment of chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, the causes of various digestive conditions are diverse, ranging from genetics to diet to acute or chronic infection.

Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux more commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter opens spontaneously, or does not close properly, and stomach contents rise up into the esophagus. When acid reflux occurs, food or fluid can be tasted ...Read More about Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD...

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease characterized by the intolerance of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi (the tiny finger-like protrusions that line the small intestine) in the digestive tract. These ...Read More about Celiac Disease...

Constipation

Constipation is passage of hard, dry bowel movements, or less frequent movements, often fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement. ...Read More about Constipation...

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic digestive disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. It is also referred to as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the small intestine and/or colon. Although it most commonly affects the lower part ...Read More about Crohn’s Disease...

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is loose, watery, or frequent stools. A person with diarrhea typically passes stool more than three times a day. Acute diarrhea is a common problem that usually lasts less than 2 weeks and goes away on its own without any special treatment. Prolonged diarrhea, persisting more than 2 weeks, or diarrhea accompanied by ...Read More about Diarrhea...

Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis

Diverticular disease affects the colon (the large intestine that removes waste from your body) and is made up of two conditions: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula, form in the colon. These diverticula bulge out like weak spots in a tire. Diverticulitis occurs when one or more diverticula become ...Read More about Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis...

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is cancer that forms in the cells lining the esophagus. There are two types of esophageal cancer—squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). According to the ...Read More about Esophageal Cancer...

Gas

Everyone has gas. Burping and/or “passing gas” is normal. But because it is embarrassing, many people believe they pass gas too often or have too much gas. Most of the time, gas in the body is odorless. The odor of passed gas comes from sulfur made ...Read More about Gas...

Helicobacter Pylori

H. pylori is a type of bacteria and H. pylori infection is common. The bacterium can cause peptic ulcers by damaging the stomach lining (mucosa) that produces the mucous coating protecting the stomach and duodenum. Damage to the mucous coating allows powerful stomach acid to get through to the ...Read More about Helicobacter Pylori...

Hemorrhoids

The area around your rectum and anus has clusters of veins that serve a useful purpose in helping to retain air, liquid and stool. When these veins become swollen or inflamed, we refer to them as hemorrhoids. There are different types of hemorrhoids; external hemorrhoids are located under ...Read More about Hemorrhoids...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder characterized by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a more serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their ...Read More about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)...

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose ...Read More about Lactose Intolerance...

Pancreatic Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 43,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Most often, pancreatic cancer starts in the ducts that carry pancreatic enzymes, also referred to as exocrine pancreatic cancer. ...Read More about Pancreatic Cancer...

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and in front of the spine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These digestive juices ...Read More about Pancreatitis...

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic ulcers are common and affect more than 4 million people each year in the United States. A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine). Less commonly, a peptic ulcer may develop just above the stomach in the esophagus, ...Read More about Peptic Ulcer Disease...

Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer, also referred to as gastric cancer, is a cancer that forms in tissues lining the stomach. According to the National Cancer Institute there were 21,000 new cases of stomach cancer reported in the United States in 2010. Stomach cancer usually begins in cells in the inner layer of the stomach. ...Read More about Stomach Cancer...

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and ulcers (sores) in the lining of the large intestine. It is also referred to as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the intestinal tract. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually ...Read More about Ulcerative Colitis...

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