Thursday, January 6, 2011

List of Digestive Diseases

Digestive Diseases

All diseases that pertain to the gastrointestinal tract are labelled as digestive diseases. This includes diseases of the esophagus, stomach, first, second and third part of the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, the ileo-cecal complex, large intestine (ascending, transverse and descending colon) sigmoid colon and rectum.

Digestive disorders

Digestive disorders have become a common problem these days and the blame goes to our lifestyle and poor food habits. Before getting into all the problems, we must first understand what a digestive system is all about. Though we are all aware of digestion and its importance, but we must also know the difficulties that might arise due to improper digestion.

List of Common Digestive Diseases

Ulcers damage the lining of the stomach because of bacterial infections or adverse side effects of medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naporoxen, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Acid Reflux
Heartburn or acid indigestion results in stomach acid backing up into the esophagus to create a burning sensation or sour taste in the mouth. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects people who suffer acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week. Acid reflux occurs because the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can affect children or adults. Symptoms include diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, skin rash or a thinning of bones. In children it can cause growth failure.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowl syndrome affects the muscles in the intestines. It can cause gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. The syndrome can be painful and uncomfortable.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Inflammatory bowel diseases include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It leads to severe bowel problems, abdominal pain and malnutrition.

The disease occurs when pouches in the large intestine become infected and inflamed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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