Dr. Jonah Essers

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Seattle, WA
20 years experience male

Locations

Swedish Medical Center

Seattle, WA

Address

1101 Madison St, Seattle, WA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am originally from the Washington DC area and moved to Seattle in 2012. I have a wife and a daughter. I have practiced pediatric gastroenterology since 2006. My clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, feeding and growth problems in children, tube feedings, and food allergies. My outside interests include cooking, guitar playing, concert going, and being outdoors. I am really excited to use mobile applications to help parents and children get well and maintain well being.

Specialties
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Pediatric Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Washington

Languages spoken

Hebrew

Doctor Q&A

178 Answers
226 Agrees
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Very common: Most of the world has lactose intolerance actually. While there is a gene that controls the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose, there is a l... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No evidence: There is no evidence that marijuana exacerbates Crohn's disease. However people who smoke marijuana are more likely to smoke nicotine. Nicotine defini... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No!: It is actually the only celiac manifestation that is 100% specific for celiac--meaning if you have dermatitis herpetiformis you have a 100% chance of ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Lots of people report heartburn or indigestion in the morning due to hours of acid washing up over the esophagus. Ways to minimize this is to go to be... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
One is inflammation: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Crohn's is characterized by chronic inflammat... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No: No risk of injury. You should still be able to absorb the medication just fine even though fiber may increase the speed at which food and medicines tr... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Chronic appendicitis: Chronic appendicitis can cause symptoms for many days to weeks. Typically patients are quite sick and are seeking medical attention because of abdomin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Oral or rectal: You can take them as pills, which would deliver medication to the entire colon. Or you can take an enema preparation, which would deliver the medicati... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Pain: The most likely symptoms of gallstones are right upper abdominal pain, worse after eating, often radiating to the back. Female gender, middle age, an... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Hopefully not: Hand washing is very effective at minimizing risk for an infectious diarrhea. The proper way to maximize hand washing is to wash with warm soap and wa... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
High ALT=cell injury: Alt elevation often means that the liver has been injured. The list of conditions that cause alt elevation is very long. Some conditions are temporary... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Many: Absolutely not. Fructose intolerance happens when you overload the intestines with to much fructose. Jams, jellies, apples, pears, mango, honey, maple... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Remission: The most important thing for improving your anemia is to get your disease in to remission, which will allow you to absorb more iron. However some peop... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Good data: There are good data on vsl #3. It is the most thoroughly studied of all the probiotics out there. The best results are in patients with uc who have ha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Many: You can still eat fruit. You just have to limit how much fruit you eat. And specifically you should limit fruits high in fructose (apples, pears, mang... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Possibly: I have seen many patients with celiac disease that have inflammation in other parts of their upper GI tract (i.e. esophagus or stomach). The key would... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
History, exam,labs: A combination of a careful history, a thorough physical exam, blood tests, maybe some imaging, and definitely an upper and lower endoscopy. These are ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Many: Almost all fruit maple syrup honey concentrated fruit sources (jams, jellies) corn syrup high fructose corn syrup.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
See GI/probiotics: This is hard to give advice for on the site. This will involve a careful discussion with your GI doctor and surgeon to determine best course of action... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is that your children will get crohns. However the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is that your children will get crohns. However the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Rare: It's actually rare to die directly from crohn's disease. The main cause of death that can be tied to crohn's would be cancer. Many decades of inflamma... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Start with labs: I would start with blood and stools tests that are very good at detecting chronic inflammation. Also they can rule out infection. If your lab work sug... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Lactose/fructose: Depends on duration. If this is a chronic thing, i usually think about an intolerance to lactose (the sugar found in dairy) or fructose (the natural ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition, and as such, can increase platelet production and fibrinogen. However, seeing these elevations... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Up to baby: Handling more complex textures like stage ii food is a skill set that takes time to learn. So follow baby's cues. If she seems like she wants more , g... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Medications: The best way to deal with the symptoms of UC (abdominal pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, bloody stools) is to take UC medications that decrease the inf... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Could be: Some crohns patients can get crohns related ulcers in their mouth. They tend to get them during a flare, not when everything is going well. However yo... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Eosinophilic esoph.: Linear furrowing is a finding seen more commonly wit eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) than with Crohn's disease of the esophagus. You should wait for the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Variable: There are many potential "first signs". Weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, feve... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Everyone differet: There is no straight forward answer to this question. It depends on (a) what virus you have (b) what food you are eating and (c) the vomiting center i... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Get stool tests: Mucous in the stool may be a sign of an infection. This may go away by itself or may need medication to kill the infection. Mucous may be a sign of ch... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Need evaluation : Are you on Pentasa (mesalamine) for ulcerative colitis? If so there may be a connection with your ulcerative colitis and the elevated alt and alk phos... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Treat constipation: For hemorrhoids i would use a stool softener to keep stools runnier. Also, it will decompress the bowel and allow the hemorrhoids to start to shrink. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes: celiac disease causes inflammation in the bowel. This can lead you to not absorb nutrients effectively. This leads to weight loss and potentially loss... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Wide range: There is a wide range of "normal" weights for adolescents, because they are growing so fast. Their activity level, physical maturity level, and geneti... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Several things: This should be evaluated by your primary doctor (and possibly gastroenterologist). This could be ulcer, viral infection, fungal infection, bacterial i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Symptoms: Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is you will get crohns. However the risk is definit... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Sure: In theory the answer is yes. Weight loss happens when energy expended (i.e. Calories burned) supersedes energy taken in (i.e. Calories eaten). With th... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Depends: If your doctor just wants to see if there is an ulcer there, then the transnasal is great. However often they will want to biopsy it. They cannot do t... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Against some: Kefir has probiotics which are "good" bacteria. Probiotics have been shown to be helpful in shortening the time course or minimizing the severity of c... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No evidence: There is no evidence that starches are effective in Crohn's disease. If anything there is evidence that limiting carbohydrates can control the symptom... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
See pediatrician: I would see his pediatrician. This could be a virus that causes hand foot and mouth disease.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Motility: Usually the rumbling occurs when your intestines are trying to move things along. When the intestines aren't absorbing well (during a flare) you are p... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
See your GI: You need to be seen by your gastroenterologist asap. There are several entities that could cause these findings. Pancreatitis is often a medication si... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Not many: There's limit data on foods that definitely help/hurt crohn's. Avoid things that don't digest well (seeds, nuts, popcorn kernels) b/c these foods can ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Probably no H pylori: That blood test cannot distinguish between past infection and current infection. A biopsy will show you current infection. If you have biopsies that s... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Probably not: It's a great question an one that often stumps gastroenterologists! chronic inactive gastritis is seen on many healthy peoples' egd. It's really non-s... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Horrible term: It really is a horrible term. It is used by pathologists to refer to the fact that there are inflammatory cells present but that the "story that they ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Yes but complex: There are potentially hundreds of genes that all contribute small amounts the the susceptibility to ulcerative colitis. Additionally there are environ... Read More
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Apr 19, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Essers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Essers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks turned out to be gerd ur answer was alot nicer then other docs!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have, apparently my joint pain is not because of remicade so they sa
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Thanks for your quick reply! I've been doing all this...maybe need to double up some of my portions

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

CHILDREN'S NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2006

Awards

Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, First Place, National - Summer
2014
Hippocrates Award, First Place, National - Spring
2014
Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Third Place, the Nation - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Melodic Caring Project
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