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What chronic conditions are treated by a gastroenterologist?

Chronic conditions that are often treated by gastroenterologists include the following:

  • hepatitis C
  • ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • refractory irritable bowel disease
  • celiac disease
  • chronic pancreatitis
  • chronic cholecystitis
  • recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding

Some chronic medical conditions are best treated by a gastroenterologist. Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease all require specialized care by a gastroenterologist. The good news for people with these chronic conditions is that there are many effective medications now for your doctor to choose from. If those drugs are not effective, there are surgical options, but doctors generally attempt to address symptoms with medication first.

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