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Chronic Heartburn

Managing Your Chronic Heartburn Got heartburn? Heartburn, also known as acid indigestion, is a form of indigestion felt as a burning pain in the chest. It’s caused when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. More than just a minor discomfort, acid indigestion can reduce the quality of life. The following tips will help you …

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Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance

Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance and Celiac Disease Tummy troubles? When some people are diagnosed with celiac disease, they also discover that they are lactose intolerant and have difficulty digesting milk and dairy products. Read on to learn all about lactose intolerance and celiac disease and their symptoms. Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis …

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Hiatal Hernia

What is a Hiatal Hernia? Though many people never know they have one due to lack of symptoms, a hiatal hernia can cause complications which can affect your daily life. Knowing the signs and symptoms of this condition can help you spot its presence, alert your gastroenterologist, and get the treatment you need. Your chest …

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Peptic Ulcer

Signs You May Have a Peptic Ulcer Peptic ulcers, or stomach ulcers, are breaks or holes in the lining of the stomach. An ulcer in the first part of the intestines is known as a duodenal ulcer. An ulcer in the stomach is known as a gastric ulcer. If you think you may have an …

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Barrett’s Esophagus

What is Barrett’s Esophagus? If you’ve been dealing with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and you have either been ignoring your symptoms or haven’t been able to get them under control then you could end up dealing with Barrett’s esophagus, a serious complication of GERD that causes the lining of the esophagus to mimic the lining of …

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Sigmoidoscopy

What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a critical diagnostic tool to evaluate the health of your large intestine or colon. An ultra-thin, flexible tube called a sigmoidoscope is inserted in the rectum and guided up through the intestine. The tube contains a tiny camera at the end which provides the doctor with …

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Colon Polyps

What Are Polyps? A polyp: you may have heard of this condition, but remain unsure on what exactly it is. Most commonly developed in the colon, polyps are small clumps of cells that grow inside various parts of the body. Although some polyps are benign, others can develop into cancer, making it crucial that you …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a condition affecting the large intestine or colon. It is associated with a variety of symptoms, including abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not known and the condition tends to affect women more often than men. If you are …

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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis: What Is it and How to Treat it Diverticulitis is a condition in which small pouches or sacs called diverticula form in the large intestine, or colon, and become inflamed. When the sacs are inflamed, they can bulge outward and cause abdominal pain and discomfort. In addition to abdominal pain, several other symptoms can …

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Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Screening One of the most effective screening methods for detecting the earliest signs of colorectal cancer is through a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy allows a gastroenterologist to be able to examine the lining of the rectum and colon (lower intestines) to look for precancerous polyps and other warning signs. These precancerous polyps can also …

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