How are gastrointestinal tract birth defects diagnosed?

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Diagnosis for gastrointestinal tract birth defects can occur in a variety of ways. Some defects, such as those in the anus, may be observed by the doctor's exam immediately upon birth. X-rays may be used to find blockages or twisted intestines. Blood tests, ultra sounds, and exploratory surgery may be used to diagnose other suspected birth defects.

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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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