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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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What are common digestive system diseases?

What are common digestive system diseases?

Quick med school!: Wow, that's like a whole semester of med school. Maybe more. Diseases can be self limited, like viruses or GI bugs; or functional, like GERD and irritable bowel syndrome; or inflammatory, like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis; or structural, like strictures, or cancers. There are a host of others, too many to add here. Go to reputable website to read more. ...Read more

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What are digestive diseases? Same as GI disorders?

What are digestive diseases? Same as GI disorders?

Yes: Usually people use that term to refer to gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. ...Read more

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Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

No: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease but is not strictly speaking autoimmune. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that we don't quite know the cause of. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer affect digestive system?

Does colon cancer affect digestive system?

Maybe: This is a hard question to answer. So many other things cause digestive problems, one should not jump to the conclusion or worry about colon cancer initially. The colon, as the lower part of the digestive system , can cause obstructive symptoms if a large tumor is present. But, don't make that your initial assumption. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the digestive system?

How do autoimmune diseases impact the digestive system?

Autoimmune and GI: Your question is too general to answer on HealthTap. For example, autoimmune diseases such as lupus can have many manifestations related to the small and large bowel Some diseases like scleroderma can have significant problems in the digestive system with reflux being a prominent problem. RA too can have digestive issues. So, perhaps refine your question to a specific condition. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

There are: People with autoimmune disease can get better with pregnancy - this is seen especially with rheumatoid arthritis most of the time. Lupus can also improve or get worse, but it depends on the involvement of the lupus and what organ sites are involved. We are cautious with our pregnant patients, follow them along with high risk OB specialists and monitor their organ involvement. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of pathogenic diseases, hereditary diseases, deficiency diseases and physiological diseases?

Site protocol: You get the most from this site when you provide background information on a medical problem and ask a related but clear question. We are not a shortcut for homework assignments, or a library reference section. For that you need to consult your local library or text books. ...Read more

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Causes of chrons disease?

Not known yet: The cause seems to be a combination of genetics (different immune defects) and environmental triggers. The subtypes of crohn's disease may also have different immune defects, and for this reason people may respond differently to treatments. Though much more is known now about cd, we still don't know the cause. But stress and some foods can make it worse. Decreasing stressors can help a lot. ...Read more

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Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

We thought so..: So we knew that oxidative stress is a key factor in cancers and other disease processes. So naturally we thought, lets load patients with antioxidants to prevent that. We did studies and it showed antioxidants have no effect. Which means there's a lot more to it than the oxidation issue. So although logic says antioxidants are good, we just don't have definitive proof of it. ...Read more

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How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?

How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?

Disease definitions: Disease is 'being out of balance' -- 'dis' which means 'negative' and 'ease'.. Infectious diseases generally relate to illnesses caused by germs. Degenerative diseases are more 'chronic' in nature, as things wear out- whether from too much inflammation, old age or some kind of damage. Environmental diseases arise from exposures - like mold in the work place. There are docs that specialize in these ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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What other diseases are associated with celiac disease?

What other diseases are associated with celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: Uncommon but possible: autoimmune disorders, bone disease (osteoporosis, kyphoscoliosis, fractures), certain types of intestinal cancer, low blood count (anemia), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), infertility or repeated miscarriage, liver disease http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001280/. ...Read more

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Are most nervous system diseases genetic?

Are most nervous system diseases genetic?

Generic response: Many neurological diseases are due to genetics, such as migraine, Freidrich's ataxia, Huntington's chorea, but the majority are acquired, some due to infections, some secondary to autoimmune problems, some associated with aging. ...Read more

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For digestive diseases ( gastroenterolgy hepatology) ?

For digestive diseases ( gastroenterolgy hepatology) ?

Is this a question?: For diseases of these systems see a specialist if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Colonic Diseases (Definition)

Colonic diseases are diseases of the colon, which is one's large bowels or the part of bowel that is at the end of the gastrointestinal tract. Diseases that affect the colon include infections, inflammation, inadequate blood ...Read more


Dr. Mark Mattar
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Digestive Diseases (Definition)

Digestive diseases are disorders of the gut, its structure and function, and assessory organs such as the pancreas and gallbladder. These diseases can lead to increased or decreased motility, ...Read more