Digestive Diseases

Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestive system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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    It’s a really under-diagnosed disease process. For one, the symptoms of gastroparesis can be confused with many other common diseases. When you have nausea, bloating and vomiting, doctors don’t immediately think of gastroparesis. They think it may be your gallbladder, an ulcer or just crud from the kids.
     
    Another big reason it’s under-diagnosed is because we don’t have very good treatments for it. Anytime we have a disease that we don’t have good treatments for, doctors don’t want to make that diagnosis because they don’t have a way to help them.
     
    Luckily, we have a lot more therapies now and we know a lot more about the disease. I think we’ll see gastroparesis diagnosed more as these therapies become well known and patients become more educated and proactive.
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    Blunting of the villi in the small intestine can be caused by autoimmune diseases including thyroid disease and diabetes.
     
    Certain medications can cause blunting of the villi as well. These include some blood pressure medications and some antibiotics. It's usually temporary, however. When you're off the medications, the villi can come back.
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    Doctors can diagnose unexplained intestinal bleeding in two ways:
    • If your stomach and colon are clear, your intestines can be examined with enteroscopy. In this procedure, a thin tube with a camera on the end is passed through your mouth while you are sedated and into your stomach and small intestine. A scope also can be passed through your rectum to examine your lower intestines.
    • With capsule endoscopy, you can swallow a pill camera, which is a little disposable camera with lights on it. You swallow the pill camera, put on a little vest in the morning and go about your day, and then take the vest back to the doctor in the afternoon. The vest is then attached to a computer. The doctors run the capsule picture series through the computer and can see what's in the small intestine.
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    The symptoms of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) are mainly gas and bloating. However, SIBO can also lead to macronutrient malabsorption, which affects the absorption of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. SIBO can also cause inflammation in the body and lead to vitamin deficiencies, particularly B12.
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    When there is no physical diagnosis of an ulcer, upper gastrointestinal issues are called non-ulcer dyspepsia. These issues, including chronic pain, bloating, cramps and acid reflux, are often associated with more stress in one’s life. Feeling stressed out from juggling many professional and personal tasks can take its toll on your stomach.

    There are dozens of over-the-counter medications to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But there is no clear treatment for non-ulcer dyspepsia, one of the most common and recurring upper-gut disorders that has no clear physical cause, and for which there is no diagnostic test (it is a clinical diagnosis).

    A clinical diagnosis usually means that nothing comes up after in-depth diagnostics, such as an endoscopy, colonoscopy and abdominal ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scanning that can be traced to the symptoms. That is, there are no objective signs of the commonly diagnosed causes of dyspepsia, such as duodenal ulcer, stomach ulcer, inflamed esophagus (esophagitis) and inflamed stomach (gastritis).
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    What’s the Difference Between a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and an Adult Gastroenterologist?
    A pediatric gastroenterologist has different training that an adult gastroenterologist, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he talks about different focuses in each specialty. 
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    When Should a Person Be Referred to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist?
    Children with complex or chronic gastrointestinal conditions should see a pediatric gastroenterologist, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains when it's time to see a specialist.
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    What is aerophagia?

    Aerophagia refers to air swallowing, which is one of the most common causes of bloating. In this video, integrative gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, explains some of the activities that could cause you to swallow air, rather than breathe it. 


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    How does methylation impact my health?

    Methylation is the body's inability to process certain nutrients, hormones and neurotransmitters effectively. Watch as integrative medicine expert Tasneem Bhatia, MD, explains how a methylation defect could contribute to a variety of illnesses. 

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    Gastroenteritis is something we see very often throughout the summertime. It’s something we see very often. This leads to another point, which is that eating habits change during the summer months. Typically, kids who are out of school may not be following the same diet as they do during the school year. Also, the foods they eat when traveling may be outside their normal diet and foreign travel may possibly also lead to intestinal infections. Summer eating habits might increase the number of cases but gastroenteritis is something that is commonly seen during the entire year.