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    • Annular Pancreas

      Annular pancreas is the most common defect seen in the pancreas, an organ that plays an important part in your digestive process. The condition is caused by a genetic birth defect.

    • Bacterial Gastroenteritis

      Gastroenteritis, often caused by a virus, refers to a number of digestive disorders that range from mild to severe.

    • Barium X-Rays (Upper and Lower GI)

      Detailed information on barium x-rays, also called upper and lower GI series, including information on how the procedure is performed

    • Barrett's Esophagus

      Detailed information on Barrett's esophagus, including cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Celiac Disease

      Detailed information on celiac disease, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Colorectal Cancer

      Most people who have colorectal cancer are older than 50. This type of cancer is also associated with a diet high in fat and calories and low in fiber.

    • Constipation

      Constipation is a condition in which a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements. Generally, a person is considered to be constipated when bowel movements result in passage of small amounts of hard, dry stool.

    • Crohn's Disease

      Detailed information on Crohn's disease, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Diarrhea

      Detailed information on diarrhea, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Digestive Diagnostic Procedures

      Detailed information on the most common procedures used to diagnosis digestive disorders

    • Digestive Disorders

      Detailed information on the most common types of digestive disorders, including appendicitis, Barrett's esophagus, celiac disease, constipation, crohn's disease, diarrhea, diverticular disease, gas, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastr

    • Diverticular Disease

      Detailed information on diverticular disease, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Esophageal Cancer

      Detailed information on esophageal cancer, including symptoms, stages, types, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Gallstone Pancreatitis

      Pancreatitis is a disease that causes inflammation and pain in your pancreas. This is a small organ that produces fluids and enzymes to break down food, as part of the digestive process.

    • Gas in the Digestive Tract

      Detailed information on gas in the digestive tract, including a list of foods that cause gas, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

    • Gastritis

      Detailed information on gastritis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn

      Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up into the esophagus.

    • Gastroparesis

      Detailed information on gastroparesis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Glossary - Digestive Disorders

      Glossary of terms relating to digestive disorders for patients and consumers

    • Health Care Providers in Digestive Health

      The right specialist or health care team can help you manage chronic digestive conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn's disease.

    • Helicobacter Pylori

      Detailed information on helicobacter pylori, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Hemorrhoids

      Hemorrhoids are blood vessels normally present in and around the anus and lower rectum that have become swollen because of stretching under pressure. Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women.

    • Hepatitis A

      Hepatitis A is a highly contagious and sometimes serious liver disease. The hepatitis A virus is transmitted by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected feces.

    • Hepatitis B

      Detailed information on hepatitis B, including causes, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Hepatitis C

      Detailed information on hepatitis C, including causes, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Hiatal Hernia

      Detailed information on hiatal hernias, including causes and treatment

    • Home Page - Digestive Disorders

      Detailed information on digestive disorders, including anatomy of the digestive system, digestive disorders diagnosis, digestive disorders medications, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, and stomach cancer

    • Indigestion

      Although indigestion may be the result of a disease or an ulcer in the digestive tract, most often it is caused by eating too much, eating too quickly, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations.

    • Inguinal Hernia

      Detailed information on inguinal hernias, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Intra-Abdominal Abscess

      An intra-abdominal abscess is a collection of pus or infected fluid that is surrounded by inflamed tissue inside the abdomen. It can involve any abdominal organ, or it can settle in the folds of the bowel.

    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

      A person with IBS has a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual, so it responds strongly to stimuli that would not affect other people.

    • Lactose Intolerance

      Detailed information on lactose intolerance, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Mallory-Weiss Tear

      Sometimes, through violent coughing or vomiting, you can tear the tissue of your lower esophagus and it can begin to bleed. The condition is called a Mallory-Weiss tear.

    • Medications and the Digestive System

      Medications taken by mouth can affect the digestive system in a number of different ways. Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, while usually safe and effective, may create harmful effects in some people.

    • Mesenteric Ischemia

      Mesenteric ischemia is a condition where you have decreased or blocked blood flow to your large or small intestine. This causes severe abdominal pain.

    • Online Resources - Digestive Disorders

      List of online resources to find additional information on digestive disorders

    • Peritonitis

      Detailed information on peritonitis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

      Primary sclerosing cholangitis is a rare disease in which your bile ducts become scarred and gradually narrow. Eventually, your bile backs up into your liver and starts to damage it.

    • Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers (Peptic Ulcers)

      Detailed information on stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, and peptic ulcers

    • Stomach Cancer

      Detailed information on stomach cancer, including symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

    • The Digestive Process: Digestion Begins in the Mouth

      Digestion is a multistep process that begins the moment you place a piece of food in your mouth or sip some juice.

    • The Digestive Process: How Does the Esophagus Work?

      Your esophagus, about 10 inches long, has one main purpose in life: to move food from your throat to your stomach.

    • The Digestive Process: How Does the Gallbladder Aid in Digestion?

      Despite its size - only 3 to 4 inches long and 1 inch across - the gallbladder is critical to digesting your food and absorbing energy from it.

    • The Digestive Process: How Is Food Digested in the Stomach?

      Few activities in life seem as natural as eating and drinking — we do them every day without giving them much thought. Yet, what happens inside your body after you eat is an interesting and complex process.

    • The Digestive Process: The Large Intestine

      The large intestine is one of the many important parts of your digestive tract. This is a series of organs that begins with your mouth and ends with your anus, the opening of your rectum.

    • The Digestive Process: The Liver and its Many Functions

      The liver is the largest organ in your body. At about 3 pounds and about the size of a football, it performs many functions essential for good health and a long life.

    • The Digestive Process: What Does the Small Intestine Do?

      At 20 feet long, your small intestine is the longest part of the human digestive system. Most of the digestive process takes place there.

    • The Digestive Process: What Is the Role of Your Pancreas in Digestion?

      Your pancreas plays a significant role in digestion. It is located inside your abdomen, just behind your stomach, and it is about the size of your hand.

    • The Digestive System: An Overview

      Detailed information on how the digestive system works, including a full-color, labeled illustration of the digestive system

    • Topic Index - Digestive Disorders

      Detailed information on digestive disorders, including anatomy of the digestive system, digestive disorders diagnosis, digestive disorders medications, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, and stomach cancer

    • Ulcerative Colitis

      Detailed information on ulcerative colitis, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Understanding Acute Pancreatitis

      Pancreatitis is an inflammation of your pancreas that causes it to become irritated.

    • Understanding Alagille Syndrome

      If you have the genetic disorder known as Alagille syndrome, you have fewer than the normal number of bile ducts in your liver.

    • Understanding an Intestinal Obstruction

      If your doctor determines that you have an intestinal obstruction, it means that something is blocking your intestine. Food and stool may not be able to move freely.

    • Understanding Chronic Pancreatitis

      If your pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed — swollen and irritated — it’s called acute pancreatitis. If you don't recover from acute pancreatitis and the inflammation persists and gets gradually worse, you have chronic pancreatitis.

    • Understanding Fecal Incontinence

      Fecal incontinence means that you are not able to hold your feces, or stool, within your rectum until you get to a toilet.

    • Understanding Viral Gastroenteritis

      Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the inside lining of your gastrointestinal tract. The condition can infect your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.

    • Viral Hepatitis Overview

      Detailed information on the different types of hepatitis, including viral hepatitis, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c

    • What Is the Bernstein Test?

      The Bernstein test, which is also called the esophageal acid perfusion test for esophagitis, helps to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).