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Digestive Conditions

Abdominal Pain
Stomach pain below chest and above groin. Typically abdominal pain does not require medical attention, but if it persists, you should see a doctor.
Disorder of the esophagus that limits the ability of food and liquids to move to your stomach through your esophagus. Symptoms of achalasia may slowly worsen over a period of months or even years.
Anal Fissure
A tear in the lining of the anus or lower rectum. There are two main types of anal fissures: acute, which typically lasts a few days and chronic, which can last for several months or even years.
Barrett’s Esophagus
A change in the lining of the muscular tube that transports food from your mouth to your stomach. The lining of the esophagus becomes more like the tissue lining in the small intestine which can sometimes result in dysplasia.
Blood in Stool
Can appear bright red or it can cause stool to be black. While blood in stool is usually not serious, it could be a sign of colon cancer or another serious condition and should be checked by a doctor.
Celiac Disease
A genetic/autoimmune disorder where eating gluten leads to damage to the small intestine. As a result, it could be difficult for your body to get the nutrients it needs from your food.
Infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, difficulty or straining when passing stool and pain during bowel movement. Untreated chronic constipation can lead to hemorrhoids or swollen anal veins.
Crohn’s Disease
An inflammatory bowel disease where the immune system attacks the intestines or other parts of the digestive tract. Symptoms could include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, loss of appetite, fever, or weight loss.
Loose and/or watery stool multiple times a day. Most cases of diarrhea will pass on its own after several days but it could be a sign of a serious problem if it lasts longer.
Diverticulosis is a condition where a pouch bulges out from your colon. Diverticulitis is when the pouch bulging from your colon gets infected or inflamed. Dietary changes and/or antibiotics are common treatments.
Difficulty swallowing food, liquid or saliva. Problems with nerves or muscle systems involved in chewing and swallowing food could result in dysphagia.
Fecal Incontinence
The inability to control bowel movements. A common cause of fecal incontinence is damage to the muscles around the anal sphincter from vaginal childbirth or diseases such as diabetes.
Inflammation in the stomach lining, which can be acute (short term) or chronic. Chronic gastritis can cause permanent damage to the stomach lining.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
Heartburn causes stomach acid to leak into the esophagus, also known as acid reflux. If the acid damages your esophagus over time, this is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Gastrointestinal Gas
Gas passed through the mouth or anus. Gas comes from air swallowed during eating and drinking, and some gas is a byproduct of bacteria breaking down food in your large intestine.
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
A tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. It is important for a specialist to determine if the gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is cancerous/malignant prior to treatment.
Swollen veins near the anus or lower rectum. Some of the most common symptoms are bright red blood in your stool, itching or pain around the anus, or lumps near your anus (external hemorrhoid).
Hepatitis C
A blood born infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus in which the liver becomes inflamed. Hepatitis C can spread through contact with infected blood, unprotected sex with an infected person, passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or by needle sharing.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
A disorder that affects the large intestine; symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and/or constipation. While IBS does not have a cure, it can usually be managed through dietary changes and medication.
Microscopic Colitis
A type of inflammatory bowel disease. Both lymphocytic and collagenous colitis inflame the large intestine, typically causing watery diarrhea.
Inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis will usually heal after a few days in the hospital but those suffering from chronic pancreatitis can take steps to help manage their symptoms. 
Ulcerative Colitis
An inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine. Symptoms typically present between the ages of 15 and 30 and the severity of symptoms varies by person. 
The above conditions are some of the most common conditions treated. We offer skilled care for numerous other related medical conditions. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call 812-450-5000 to Find a Doctor.
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