- Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia.
- A polyp is extra tissue that grows inside your body. Colon polyps grow in the large intestine. The large intestine, also called the colon, is part of your digestive system. It's a long, hollow tube at the end of your digestive tract where your body makes and stores stool.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and the contents of the stomach leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid, acid indigestion, may even be tasted in the back of the mouth. Occasional heartburn is common but does not necessarily point to GERD. Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, and can eventually lead to more serious health problems. Anyone-infants, children and pregnant women-can have GERD.
- Helicobacter pylori is a helical-shaped Gram-negative bacterium that infects various areas of the stomach and duodenum. Many cases of peptic ulcers, gastritis, duodenitis and, perhaps, cancer are caused by H. pylori infection. However, many who are infected do not show any symptoms of disease.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine (colon). It is characterized by this group of symptoms:
*crampy abdominal pain
One in five Americans has IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. It occurs more often in women than in men, and usually begins around age 20. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines or lead to intestinal bleeding or a serious disease such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medications prescribed by their physician. But for some people, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, go to social events or travel even short distances.
- Coeliac disease or celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel that occurs in genetically predisposed individuals in all age groups after early infancy. It is caused by a sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley (and so, in breads, cereals, pastas and other prepared foods). There are many symptoms, including diarrhea, failure to thrive (in children) and fatigue.
Jordan & Associates Gastroenterology supports your colorectal health goals with the most current education, diagnostics and therapy, delivered in a safe, caring environment. Here's a quick overview of the most common GI complaints. For more information, click on the disease name.
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