Explanations of Digestive Disorders
MOST COMMON (below)
Barrett's esophagus is a gastrointestinal disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid that leaks backward.
Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon.
Cancer de Colon en Espanol
Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's-related inflammation usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is swelling (inflammation) of an abnormal pouch (diverticulum) in the intestinal wall. These pouches are usually found in the large intestine (colon). The presence of the pouches themselves is called diverticulosis.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which food or liquid travels backwards from the stomach to the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
Gastritis is an inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lining of the stomach.
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
A disorder of the lower intestinal tract involving abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements. Emotional stress often makes the symptoms worse.
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