What are the causes of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)?
The cause of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is unknown. Research suggests that the disease is an autoimmune condition. The immune system usually protects the body from harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses, by attacking and destroying them. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks... Full Post
What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
The most common symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal pain, usually on the left lower side of the abdomen. In more severe cases, the inflammation may cause stricturing (a narrowing of the intestines caused by excess scar tissue) and fistulas (inflammatory tunnels that burrow through the intestines... Full Post
How is diverticulitis treated?
A doctor may prescribe antibiotics and recommend following a liquid diet. Most people get better with this treatment. Some people may need surgery and other treatments.Surgery: Serious problems from diverticulitis are treated with surgery. Surgeons can clean the abdomen after infections and remove... Full Post
What is diverticulitis?
Diverticular disease affects the colon-part of the large intestine that removes waste from your body. Diverticular disease is made up of two conditions, diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula, form in the colon. These pouches bulge out like weak... Full Post
What is gastritis?
Gastritis is not a single disease, but several different conditions that cause an inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or infection with bacteria... Full Post
How is lactose intolerance diagnosed?
Lactose intolerance can be hard to diagnose based on symptoms alone. People may think they suffer from lactose intolerance because they have digestive symptoms; however, other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome can cause similar symptoms. After taking a medical history and performing a p... Full Post
What causes lactose intolerance?
The cause of lactose intolerance is best explained by describing how a person develops lactase deficiency.
Primary lactase deficiency develops over time and begins after the age of two when the body begins to produce less lactase. Most children who have lactase deficiency do not experience symptoms... Full Post
What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?
People with lactose intolerance may feel uncomfortable 30 minutes to two hours after consuming milk and milk products. Symptoms range from mild to severe based on the amount of lactose consumed and the amount a person can tolerate.
Common symptoms of lactose intolerance are as follows:Abdominal... Full Post
What is 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... Full Post
What is Barrett's esophagus?
Barrett esophagus is a condition in which the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus have changed or been replaced with abnormal cells that could lead to cancer of the esophagus. The backing up of stomach contents (reflux) may irritate the esophagus and, over time, cause Barrett esophagus.... Full Post