This is a consumer health and human services information web site from the United States Government. It contains online publications and information about clearing houses, databases, web sites and support and self-help groups dealing with a variety of health related issues.

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health
This site contains patient information on many digestive disorders as well as linkages to other digestive disease sites.

Specific GI Disorders

The following are sites for specific GI disorders. Some are provided by non-profit organizations which give information on the disease and usually have literature, books and support groups available.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
    This site provides information on irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas and fecal incontinence, and many other GI disorders where the contraction function of the bowel is involved.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
    This site provides extensive information for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Lactose Intolerance

Liver Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • The GERD Information Resource Center
    This site contains information about gastrointestinal reflux disease (indigestion, heartburn). It is supported by Astra Pharmaceuticals LP which sells a drug used in treating GERD.


  • Celiac Support Page
    This site is written by an individual with celiac disease and provides education about this disorder along with information about special dietary needs.

Ostomy Support

Support Services

Directory of Digestive Disease Organization for Patients
Support services are available for patients with an interest in or diagnosis of a specific disease. This site provides an extensive list of voluntary and private organizations for many GI disorders.

University Medical Centers

Virtually every medical center in the country has a web page and within that page gastroenterology educational topics can often be found. To find a specific university medical center, go to the Search or Find panel of your web page and type in the university’s name. You can also telephone that university’s information desk and ask for their web site address. You may find general GI information for the public on a variety of disorders. You will usually also find that an institution will list their areas of GI research interest. Some patients are interested in participating in research projects. You can also try a non- profit organization site which often will know where specific research projects are occurring.

Professional Organizations

The following organizations primarily serve health care providers such as physicians and nurses. However, within each there is usually a section for the public, the consumer and/or the patient. You may find things of interest.

American College of Gastroenterology
Click on “Digest This”

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Click on “Patient Information”

American Gastroenterological Association
Click on “Digestive Health information of interest to the public”

Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology
Click on “Health Tips”

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
Click on “What’s New”

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Click on “Links of Interest”