Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

What You Need to Know About Colonoscopies

A colonoscopy is a safe procedure wherein a doctor uses a long tube with a camera to detect issues with the large intestine, such as polyps and colon cancer.
March 01, 2022

If you’re looking to address a specific medical concern or reach a higher-risk age group, your doctor may suggest a colonoscopy. While it may seem daunting at first, this procedure is quick, safe, and highly effective at identifying and locating issues within the colon and rectum.

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What You Need to Know About Capsule Endoscopy

A capsule endoscopy is a safe and less-invasive method of monitoring and diagnosing issues in a person's digestive tract, particularly within the small intestine.
February 03, 2022

For those suffering from bleeding, inflammation, or other issues along their digestive tract, your doctor might recommend a capsule endoscopy for a closer look at what the problem could be. 

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Signs & Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity presents as several symptoms including bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, migraines and headaches, anxiety and depression.
December 30, 2021

Although gluten sensitivity is most commonly associated with Celiac disease—a disorder impacting approximately 2 million people in the United States characterized by severe gluten intolerance—there is a milder form of the condition known as non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Specialists estimate 1% to 3% of the population have NCGS.

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What Are Celiac Disease & H. Pylori Infection?

Celiac disease and H. pylori are both gastrointestinal diseases characterized by symptoms including abdominal pain, gas, and weight loss.
December 23, 2021

Celiac disease and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are two gastrointestinal conditions that present symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and weight loss. If left untreated, both conditions can have severe consequences, so it’s important to understand these disorders, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

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Conditions Affecting the Liver, Pancreas & Gallbladder

Conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder include ascites, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, gallstones, gallbladder disease, gallbladder cancer, Gilbert’s syndrome, hemochromatosis, hepatitis, jaundice, liver cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
December 16, 2021

The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder make up the biliary system, a portion of the digestive system known for absorbing nutrients and disposing of waste. This network can be affected by several conditions ranging from ascites to pancreatic cancer.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Triggers, Symptoms, Diagnosis & More

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and gas. Here’s a breakdown of triggers, treatments, and more.
December 09, 2021

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic gastrointestinal condition that affects the large intestine. An estimated approximately 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population is affected by this disorder, which is also believed to impact between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. 

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What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for two conditions—Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
December 02, 2021

Approximately 3 million Americans have some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—an illness defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “a term for two conditions (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that are characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.” If left untreated, prolonged inflammation can result in major damage to the GI tract. 

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What to Expect: Colonoscopy vs. Upper Endoscopy

To understand a colonoscopy versus an upper endoscopy, it's important to note their similarities and distinctions—such as roles investigating symptoms and identifying and removing cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps, as well as the different digestive tract regions inspected by each.
November 23, 2021

A colonoscopy and upper endoscopy are two procedures performed frequently by gastroenterologists to view and examine various portions of your digestive tract. Colonoscopies inspect the large intestine (colon and rectum) while upper endoscopies observe the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.

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