Diseases or disorders of the digestive tract or gastrointestinal tract (GI) are known as DIGESTIVE DISORDERS. In the human body, the digestive tract is made up of the esophagus, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small and large intestines, and stomach.
Food and drinks are broken down into nutrients during digestion which the body absorbs and uses as energy and building blocks for cells.
There are symptoms that surface immediately there is a problem in the digestive tract, such as:
Constipation and bloating
Nausea, vomiting, and pain in the stomach
Weight gain or loss
Problems with swallowing food
Common digestive disorders include:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Rectal problems: anal fissure, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse
Narrowing of the esophagus
Gastric ulcer, gastritis, and other stomach problems
Intestinal problems such as cancer, Crohn disease, intestinal ischemia, peptic ulcer
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
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Immediately you experience any of the symptoms listed above, do make sure to contact a healthcare professional for assessment. After a diagnosis, you should seek medical help to avoid it getting worse.
Doctors trying to diagnose a digestive condition would proceed to order tests such as:
Endoscopy: this is the insertion of a tiny camera by the doctor into the esophagus to examine the upper GI tract.
Blood and stool tests
Colonoscopy; also inserting a tiny camera into the rectum to examine the lower GI tract.
Medical imaging like CT scans, ultrasounds, and x-rays
Here are solutions to your digestive disorders:
Dietary treatment plans
Medicinal treatment plan
Surgical treatment such as gastrectomy
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