A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system breaks down food into useable parts and absorbs nutrients and water from the food. A healthy GI system also eliminates the waste left over from the food we've digested. Other functions of the GI system include producing hormones unrelated to digestion, removing toxins from the blood, and metabolizing drugs.
Ben Terrany, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursShore Gastroenterology Associates
60 NJ Rte 36 Ste A
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Monmouth Medical Center
- What are the functions of a healthy gastrointestinal system?
Do digestive diseases affect children differently than adults?
Very young children, especially newborns, are very susceptible to dehydration as a complication of vomiting. Most infants, including healthy babies, have gastroesophageal reflux from time to time. Spitting or burping up food or fluid is only a concern if it causes breathing or feeding problems, inflames the esophagus, or continues into childhood.
What are the symptoms of an obstetric fistula?
The most common symptoms of obstetric fistula are a foul-smelling discharge from your vagina and passing feces, pus, or gas from the vagina. Pain during sex and soreness or irritation between the anus and vaginal area may also occur. A person may also experience irritation or soreness inside the vagina and vulva area. Frequent urinary tract or vaginal infections may also be a problem.
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