PA GI is proud to be taking the lead to help inform the community about digestive disorders and how simple screenings can save lives. Education is at the heart of our practice and we are pleased to make available patient information sheets on different digestive health topics. Be sure to check back for new topics posted on our website regularly.
Barrett's esophagus is a condition that affects the lining of the esophagus and usually occurs in people with significant acid reflux (GERD). Barrett's esophagus is best diagnosed by endoscopy, a non-surgical procedure requiring only moderate sedation. Our patient information sheet provides additional information about Barrett's esophagus, its prevention, and successful treatment.
Diverticulosis is the presence of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular wall of the large intestine. It affects men and women equally, and the risk of this condition increases with age. Half of all Americans will have diverticulosis by the time they reach age 60-80. Our patient information sheet provides additional information about diverticulosis and diverticulitis and treatment options.
Esophageal reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is commonly referred to as “heartburn.” There are over 15 million Americans experiencing heartburn symptoms each day. A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed that patients with chronic, untreated heartburn are at a substantially greater risk of developing esophageal cancer.
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver, which happens when hard scar tissue replaces soft healthy tissue. Cirrhosis occurs in response to damage to the liver. As it tries to repair itself, scar tissue forms. As more scar tissue forms, it becomes difficult for the liver to function properly.
Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. There are three types of hepatitis viruses – A, B and C. There are vaccines for the prevention of hepatitis A and B, but not for C. Hepatitis C, or HCV, is a serious form of hepatitis.
Bowel incontinence is a frequent and debilitating condition that may result from many different causes. It is defined as the uncontrolled passage of feces or gas over at least 1 month’s duration, in an individual of at least 4 years of age, who previously had bowel control.