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General Gastroenterology Conditions

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is pain and discomfort that occurs in your abdomen. Your abdomen is the section of your torso between your chest and your pelvis. Other terms used to describe the abdomen are stomach, tummy, gut and belly.

Diarrhea

The frequent passage of loose, watery, soft stools with or without abdominal bloating, pressure, and cramps commonly referred to as gas.

Iron Deficiency Anemia

A common type of anemia which is a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues, giving your body energy and your skin a healthy color. Without enough iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. As a result, iron deficiency anemia may leave you tired, weak, and pale.

Constipation

Defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation, stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people will find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Refers to any bleeding that starts in the gastrointestinal tract, which extends from the mouth to the anus. There are numerous potential causes for GI bleeding, so it is important to consult a physician.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn't cause permanent damage to your colon.

Change in Bowel Habits

Any change in your bowel habits that is of concern to you is one you should report to your doctor. Changes may include having more frequent or less frequent bowel movements than usual for you, changes in the appearance or consistency of your stool, pain that you have when you are having a bowel movement, constipation, or diarrhea.

Nausea

General term describing a queasy stomach, with or without the feeling that you are about to vomit.

Vomiting

The act of forcibly expelling contents from the mouth. Vomiting is a protective reflex. The purpose of vomiting is to remove toxic materials from the gastro-intestinal tract before they are absorbed.

Bloating

Is any abnormal general swelling or increase in the abdominal area. The patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain.

Infectious Diarrhea (C-Difficile)

Bacteria that can cause swelling and irritation of the large intestine, or colon. This inflammation, known as colitis, can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Heartburn

A digestive problem that occurs when stomach acid comes into contact with the lining of the esophagus, causing irritation.

Gastroenteritis

A condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastroin-testinal tract). Diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting are the most common symptoms. A Viral infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis but bacteria, parasites, and food-borne illness can be the offending agent.

Hemachromatosis

Condition that causes your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat. The excess iron is stored in your organs, especially your liver, heart and pancreas.

H-pylori

H. pylori infection occurs when a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infects your stomach or the first part of your small intestine.