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Dr. Mark Mattar
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Digestive Diseases (Overview)

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, malabsorption, and poor nutrition.


Dr. Mark Mattar
31 doctors shared insights

Digestive Diseases (Overview)

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, malabsorption, and poor nutrition.


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When a man has digestive diseases, what does it mean?

When a man has digestive diseases, what does it mean?

Gut problems: Broadly speaking, digestive disease involves any problem of the gut (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, appendix) & organs connected to it (pancreas, gallbladder/biliary tree, liver, salivary glands). Symptoms include: indigestion, abdominal bloating, fullness, diarrhea/constipation, GI bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting due to ischemia, infection, inflammation, blockages. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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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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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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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Which diseases affect the respiratory, circulatory and digestive system?

Which diseases affect the respiratory, circulatory and digestive system?

Diseases lungs,gut: There are a great number of diseases that can attack these organ systems. This is a very complex question. You need to ask more specific questions. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
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Alert providers of contagion
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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 some circulatory, respiratory, and digestive diseases?

What are some circulatory, respiratory, and digestive diseases?

Too many: To go into. This is way too large a subject to be covered in a few short sentences. Sorry. Try to be more specific. ...Read more

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Mental disorders are diseases?

Mental disorders are diseases?

Yes: Mental disorders are diseases, not a moral failing. If you have any issues, please consult your doctor as effective treatment may be available for the disorder. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Lerner Dr. Lerner
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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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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

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Are all diagnostic tests for digestive diseases done locally? What are they?

Are all diagnostic tests for digestive diseases done locally? What are they?

In ur nabe?: Don't know what you mean. Done with local anesthesia? Some are, e.g. Liver biopsy, some are done with conscious sedation, e.g. Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy , some are done by xray or ct (wide awake); some are stool tests (presumably you're awake); capsule endoscopy for small bowel is wide awake. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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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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Please explain which diseases affect the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems ?

Please explain which diseases affect the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems ?

Good question: Connective tissue disorders such as Lupus, Autoimmune disorders and infections such as TB affect all three organ systems. Check wikipedia for each of the above. hope this helps. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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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Can chronic sinusitis cause digestive diseases such as pain in stomach, bloating, acid refulx?What are the diagonsis can confirm chronic sinusitis?

Can chronic sinusitis cause digestive diseases such as pain in stomach, bloating, acid refulx?What are the diagonsis can confirm chronic sinusitis?

Chronic Sinusitis: Hello, yes chronic sinusitis can be linked with gerd, stomach pain and bloating from swallowing infected post nasal drainage or possibly from a food allergy link. A ct scan is the gold standard to correctly diagnose sinus disease however a careful history and examination is most important. See your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
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Living with Crohn's Disease (Checklist)

Find a gastroenterologist and follow their treatment regiment
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Stop smoking
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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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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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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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Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Many: There are numerous autoimmune disease which can involve the nervous system. My advice is to google the subject and read for yourself. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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How do people treat digestive diseases?

How do people treat digestive diseases?

Depends on disorder: Generally a thorough history including diet and meds, as well as symptoms, family and past history; physical exam; appropriate labs, radiology, stool tests, and/or endoscopic tests. May just need to change diet, lifestyle, meds, etc.. It all depends on the problem, age of patient, etc. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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How obesity affects the digestive system?

Check out these : Links. Take care! http://www.m.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/health-problems-associated-with-adult-obesity-topic-overview. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3096111/.

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I have dientamoeba fragilis trophozoites after 5 rounds of antibiotics . Anyone heard of protocol from centre for digestive diseases in australia?

I have dientamoeba fragilis trophozoites after 5 rounds of antibiotics . Anyone heard of  protocol from centre for digestive  diseases in australia?

Might be worth a try: I don't know if anyone here has heard of it. I treat a lot of parasites & hadn't heard of it, but am impressed with their website. They say they'll share their protocol with doctors so it seems reasonable to ask your doc to request this. I am familiar with this australian website: http://www.Badbugs.Org/dientamoeba_fragilis/treatment.Htm herbs including papaya seeds can also help treat parasites. ...Read more

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What cures ulcerative colitis (or digestive diseases) in the shortest amount of time?

Not known: Exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not known. It happens randomly and not associated with any particular etiologic agent. ...Read more

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How do people treat digestive diseases?

Depends on disorder: Generally a thorough history including diet and meds, as well as symptoms, family and past history; physical exam; appropriate labs, radiology, stool tests, and/or endoscopic tests. May just need to change diet, lifestyle, meds, etc.. It all depends on the problem, age of patient, etc. ...Read more

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