Are digestive diseases serious?


Some digestive diseases are mild. Others, such as celiac disease, can be very serious, as they could lead to malnutrition and other problems. Other serious digestive diseases include appendicitis, pancreatitis, cancer, and intestinal obstruction. Some digestive diseases can even be life-threatening if left untreated.

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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 digestiv...

e 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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