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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a mouthful of a word. It is a condition that we are seeing more and more frequently. It is a common cause of difficulty swallowing, as well as heartburn that does not respond to conventional therapy.  Eosinophilic esophagitis is sometimes abbreviated as EoE. To understand Eosinophilic Esophagitis, we need to review two […]

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Esophagitis and Stricture

The esophagus is the food tube, or gullet, that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. The stomach churns the food and secretes a strong acid that aids in digestion. A specialized muscle, known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is located at the end of the esophagus. This muscle normally contracts […]

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Fatty Liver

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found high in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. It is a very complex organ and has many functions. They include: Storing energy in the form of sugar (glucose) Storing vitamins, iron, and other minerals Making proteins, including blood clotting factors, to keep […]

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Gallstones

To understand the nature of gallstones, it is helpful to first look at the anatomy of the gallbladder and bile ducts. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that rests under the liver in the right upper abdomen. The liver produces bile, a yellow-green liquid needed by the intestine to help digest fat and oils. Ducts, […]

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Gas

Everyone comments sometimes on the digestive problem of gas. When people complain of gas, they usually mean one or more of the following: Frequent belching of air from the stomach Bloating of the abdomen after eating Frequent passing of gas from the rectum It may be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but only rarely is gas associated […]

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Gastritis

The stomach, as everyone knows from watching TV ads, is J-shaped and collects swallowed food and liquid. It then methodically grinds the food into small pieces and squirts it out in tiny jets of fluid into the duodenum which is the first portion of the small intestine. There are several types of cells lining the […]

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Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

Almost everyone has experienced heartburn. About 25 million American adults suffer daily from (esophageal reflux, sometimes referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn). It is that burning sensation felt in the chest and sometimes in the neck. GERD is caused by acid, normally found in the stomach, refluxing or splashing up into the esophagus […]

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Gastroparesis

This tough looking word, pronounced gas-tro-par-EES-is, is simple enough in its meaning. Gastro means stomach. Paresis means weakness. Gastroparesis is a weak stomach. This condition is very common. It can be the cause of a number of abdominal complaints. While symptoms range from mild to severe, it is usually not a serious problem and there are […]

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Heartburn and Reflux

Everyone has heartburn occasionally. This occurs when stomach acid flows upward (regurgitates) into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food to the stomach. People usually feel heartburn as a burning sensation or pain behind the breastbone. Often, regurgitation of bitter-tasting stomach acid accompanies heartburn. An antacid or milk temporarily relieves heartburn for […]

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Helicobacter Pylori

This unusual name identifies a specific bacteria that can cause infection of the stomach. This infection can contribute to the development of diseases, such as dyspepsia (heartburn, bloating and nausea), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. It will be useful to know some things about the upper digestive tract […]

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