According to MedlinePlus, “digestive diseases are disorders of the digestive tract” or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Some digestive disorders happen once or twice, some are chronic and can impact a person’s ability to function over their lifetime. These disorders can range from mild to serious and can include cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, anal fissures, hepatitis B or C, celiac disease, Crohn Disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and lactose intolerance. Signs that there are problems in the GI include bleeding, diarrhea, heartburn, pain, and bloating. Diagnostic tests include colonoscopies, ultrasounds, and upper GI endoscopy. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides information on digestive disorders in general, digestive disorders in children and teens, diagnostic tests, and more.
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