Digestive Health Information

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

  • Barrett's esophagus is a condition that affects the lining of the esophagus and occurs in people with significant acid reflux.
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BOWEL INCONTINENCE

  • Bowel incontinence is a frequent and debilitating condition that may result from many different causes.
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CELIAC DISEASE

  • Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
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CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

  • Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer.
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CIRRHOSIS

  • Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver, which happens when hard scar tissue replaces soft healthy tissue.
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COLON CANCER SCREENING

  • The most up-to-date information on colon cancer and how to detect and successfully treat the disease.
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CROHN’S DISEASE

  • Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
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DIVERTICULOSIS & DIVERTICULITIS

  • Diverticulosis is the presence of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular wall of the large intestine.
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GAS AND BLOATING

  • 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.
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HEARTBURN & ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX

  • Esophageal reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is commonly referred to as “heartburn.”
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HEPATITIS C

  • 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.
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HET HEMORRHOID TREATMENT

  • Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins.
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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disturbance of the colonic function, usually characterized by abdominal discomfort, bloating, and abnormal bowel movements.
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LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

  • Lactose intolerance means the body cannot easily digest lactose; a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products.
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PROBIOTICS

  • Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that have health benefits, especially for your digestive system.
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WATS3D

  • WATS3D is a specialized biopsy of the esophagus that allows a gastroenterologist to collect cells from a larger surface area.
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