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We found 139 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept TRICARE near Mount Laurel, NJ.

Dr. Steven Ronald Peikin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
501 Fellowship Road; Suite 101
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Peikin works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Peikin at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. He is affiliated with The Memorial Hospital of Salem County and Cooper University Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. Dr. Peikin attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Ben Elfant, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
501 Fellowship Road; Suite 101
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Adam Elfant specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Elfant studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He trained at Cooper University Hospital for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. The average patient rating for Dr. Elfant is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Elfant accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Memorial Hospital of Salem County and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Colectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia Ann Griech-McCleery, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
501 Fellowship Road; Suite 101
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Cynthia Griech-McCleery's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Griech-McCleery's clinical interests include esophageal varices, colon cancer, and celiac disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Griech-McCleery is professionally affiliated with The Memorial Hospital of Salem County and Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Joseph Kutscher, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
693 Main Street; Building A Suite 2
Lumberton, NJ
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kutscher's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kutscher include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kutscher completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Beryllium Disease, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew M Alloy, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2301 E Evesham Road; Building 800 Suite 110
Voorhees, NJ
 

Dr. Andrew Alloy's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Alloy attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, and hepatitis C. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Celia Zita Padron, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
901b Route 73 N
Marlton, NJ
 

Dr. Celia Padron is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Padron is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Padron honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at CETEC University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Padron trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Bruce Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2301 E Evesham Road; Building 800 Suite 110
Voorhees, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Goldstein is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Voorhees, NJ, Sewell, NJ, and Deptford, NJ. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Goldstein completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Goldstein accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Alex M Celluzzi, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2301 E Evesham Road; Suite 110 Bldg Pmb 800
Voorhees, NJ
 

Dr. Alex Celluzzi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Celluzzi is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Celluzzi trained at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, vomiting, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, gastrointestinal motility disorders, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, malabsorption, rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Jay Mushnick, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2301 E Evesham Road; Building 800, Suite 110
Voorhees, NJ
 

Dr. Alan Mushnick, who practices in Voorhees, NJ, Sewell, NJ, and Deptford, NJ, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mushnick's clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. The average patient rating for Dr. Mushnick is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His training includes a residency program at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Mushnick is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Monica B Awsare, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
693 Main Street; Building A Suite 2
Lumberton, NJ
 

Dr. Monica Awsare is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Awsare accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Awsare is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. She is affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Beryllium Disease, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
693 Main Street; Building A Suite 2
Lumberton, NJ
 

Dr. William Taub sees patients in Lumberton, NJ and Burlington, NJ. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Taub average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taub include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial. Dr. Taub takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Beryllium Disease, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
693 Main Street; Suite A2
Lumberton, NJ
 

Dr. Maurice Leonard is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Colposcopy, Liver Tumor, Beryllium Disease, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15000 Midlantic Drive
Mt. Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. John Kravitz is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Patient ratings for Dr. Kravitz average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kravitz is an in-network provider for Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. Dr. Kravitz attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Colitis, Wireless ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15000 Midlantic Drive
Mt. Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. David Salowe is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Salowe is an in-network provider for Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Salowe is affiliated with Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Colitis, Wireless ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Ian Seltzer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
128 Route 70
Medford, NJ
 

Dr. Gregory Seltzer specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: colposcopy, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Seltzer is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Seltzer's medical residency was performed at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, malabsorption, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Colposcopy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
693 Main Street; Building A Suite 2
Lumberton, NJ
 

Dr. Nidhir Sheth practices adult gastroenterology in Lumberton, NJ. These areas are among Dr. Sheth's clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, gastrointestinal motility disorders, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, intestinal (bowel) problems, esophageal stricture (narrowing), rectal stricture, acid reflux (GERD), gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Beryllium Disease, Gastroparesis, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.