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OVERVIEW OF DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
Digestive disorders cover a wide range of medical problems with variety of symptom manifestions which is why it is difficult to pinpoint what the source of the problem is coming from. Getting to the right diagnosis is the first step in finding the solution. Please make an appointment with us to get started in discovering what may be causing your digestive issues.
COMMON DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
Because the range of digestive disorders are so wide, it is sometimes easier to break down the problems by different organs:
Stomach: Gastritis, Ulcers, H. Pylori bacterial infection
Esophagus: Acid Reflux (GERD), Strictures (narrowing of esophagus causing swallowing difficulties), Barrett's esophagus
Liver: Hepatitis, Fatty Liver disease, Cirrhosis, Jaundice
Gallbladder: Gallstones, Functional Gallbladder Disorder ("sick gallbladder" without stones).
Pancreas: Pancreatitis, Pancreatic cysts, Pancreatic cancer
Intestines: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Celiac disease, Colon polyps and Colon Cancer, Constipation, Diarrhea, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis, GI and Rectal Bleeding.
Rectum: Rectal bleeding, Hemorrhoids, Fissures, Rectal cancers.
HOW ARE DIGESTIVE DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will begin by asking questions regarding the pattern of your symptoms. After performing a physical exam, further testing will likely be needed such as blood tests, urine and stool specimen, and radiology testing (Ultrasound, x-rays, CT scans) in order to get to the right diagnosis.
HOW ARE DIGESTIVE DISORDERS TREATED?
Most digestive disorders are treated with a combination of lifestyle changes as well as medications at times. Sometimes you may need to have a procedure or surgery to resolve your problem. Many of the digestive disorders can be treated in our office but occasionally you may be referred to a GI specialist or a Surgeon for the treatment of some GI diseases.