Featured Digestive System Articles
Descriptions of Featured Digestive System Articles
The stomach, esophagus, and small intestine are all parts of the digestive system. This page from the eMedTV site explains how this system allows your body to absorb nutrients from food and then remove the leftover waste products.
Diverticulitis occurs when small sacs in the colon become infected. This eMedTV article gives an overview of this condition, explaining how it can develop suddenly and without warning (which is why it's important to know the symptoms and risk factors).
Appendicitis is a serious medical condition, often requiring emergency treatment. This page on the eMedTV Web site provides an in-depth look at this condition, including symptoms, causes, treatment, and more.
A colonoscopy is used to look for early signs of cancer or the causes of changes in bowel habits. This eMedTV Web page further describes the procedure in detail, including how it is carried out and possible risks associated with it.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. As this eMedTV article explains, it comes in two forms: acute and chronic. This part of the Web site provides detailed information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.
The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that makes insulin, other hormones, and pancreatic juices. This eMedTV Web page describes the location and purpose of this part of the body, including its role in helping the body use and store energy.
People who have diverticulosis have small pouches in their colons that bulge outward through weak spots. As this eMedTV page explains, the condition itself is harmless, but if infection occurs in the pouches, it can cause pain in the lower abdomen.
In someone with cirrhosis, liver injuries cause scar tissue to replace normal, healthy tissue in the liver. This eMedTV article lists causes of the disease (such as hepatitis C) and explains how the scarring keeps the liver from working properly.
Hemochromatosis is a disorder in which the intestines absorb too much iron. The information in this eMedTV Web page discusses the types, causes, symptoms, and treatment of this condition and also provides links to more information.
The colon is a tube that connects the rectum and anus to the small intestine and absorbs certain nutrients. This eMedTV Web page discusses the function of the colon in more detail and explains its role as part of the digestive system.
Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant (unable to digest a sugar called lactose). This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of lactose intolerance.
Heartburn can cause discomfort that starts in the middle of the chest and moves up through the throat. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth overview of heartburn, with information on its symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.
Learn About Diverticulitis Diet
Following a diverticulitis diet involves steps such as eating high-fiber foods. This eMedTV selection takes an in-depth look at other parts of this diet, including a list of foods that are known to get caught in the diverticula.
Rectal bleeding can be a symptom of various diseases, from hemorrhoids to cancer. This page from the eMedTV archives explains the types of bleeding that can occur, possible causes, treatment options, and diagnostic procedures.
Ranitidine is a drug that may be used to treat heartburn, ulcers, GERD, and other conditions. This eMedTV Web page covers both over-the-counter and prescription forms of ranitidine, including details about how they reduce acid in the stomach.
Pain in the abdomen, nausea, and constipation are possible appendicitis symptoms; however, they can vary. This eMedTV article lists possible signs and symptoms of this condition, and explains how other medical conditions can have an effect.
Infection, hemorrhoids, inflammation, cancer, and ulcers can all cause anal bleeding. This eMedTV resource explores the different types of bleeding, as well as common diagnostic tests (such as endoscopy) and treatment options for this symptom.
If you have occasional constipation, you may benefit from MiraLAX. This page of the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this over-the-counter laxative, including details on how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
As this eMedTV Web page explains, a colonoscopy procedure allows your doctor to examine the inside of your colon through a camera inserted in the rectum. This article covers the procedure more thoroughly, including what to expect and how to prepare.
Colon polyps are growths that develop in the large intestine. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at these polyps, including detailed information on what causes them, what symptoms may occur, and how they are treated.