Health Info

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.

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Barrett's Esophagus

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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.

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Bowel Incontinence

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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.

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Cirrhosis

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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.

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Colon Cancer Screening

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Simple screenings can save lives. PA GI has created a patient information sheet with the most up-to-date information on colon cancer and how to detect and successfully treat the disease. This simple 30-minute screening can save your life.

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Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis

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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.

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Gas And Bloating

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Excessive gas and bloating is a common intestinal symptom. Passing gas, or belching is normal. In fact healthy subjects can pass gas up to 20 times per day. When these conditions become troublesome, it is time to speak to your gastroenterologist.

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Heartburn & Esophageal Reflux

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Esophageal reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is commonly referred to as “heartburn.” 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 greater risk of developing esophageal cancer.

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Hepatitis C

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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.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disturbance of the colonic function. It is usually characterized by abdominal discomfort, bloating, and abnormal bowel movements. IBS affects at least 10-15% of adults and can severely compromise a person’s quality of life.

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Lactose Intolerance

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Lactose intolerance means the body cannot easily digest lactose; a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. When lactose moves through the large intestine without being properly digested, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, abdominal pain and bloating.

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