Digestive and Abdominal

Acute Ischemic Colitis – Symptoms, Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment

Acute Ischemic Colitis Acute ischemic colitis refers to an inflammation of the colon (a part of the large intestine) due to impairment of the blood flow to the colon. Sudden left side abdominal pain and blood in the bowel movement, appearing in a person after 50 years of age, are characteristic symptoms. The resulting >> Read More ...

Chronic Ischemic Colitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Diet, Surgery

What Is Ischemic Colitis? Ischemic colitis is inflammation of the colon ( a part of the large intestine) due to impaired blood flow (colonic ischemia), usually appearing in persons after 50 years of age. This may trigger sudden (acute) or long term (chronic) abdominal pain, blood in the stool and diarrhea. Injury of >> Read More ...

Infectious Colitis – Symptoms, Causes, Types and Treatment

What is Infectious Colitis? Infectious colitis is inflammation of the colon (the main part of the large intestine) due to infection by bacteria, viruses, protozoa or fungi. It typically causes sudden lower abdominal pain/cramps and diarrhea. Infectious colitis, especially in food poisoning, is often associated with >> Read More ...

Pancreatitis vs Pancreatic Cancer: Signs, Symptoms and Pain

Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer are two different conditions that affect the pancreas. One type of pancreatitis known as chronic pancreatitis can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. Despite the similarity of symptoms in both pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer it is important to understand how these two conditions >> Read More ...

Celiac Disease (Sprue) – Symptoms, Test, Foods to Avoid

What is Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)? Celiac (Greek koiliakos = abdominal) disease is an inherited malabsorption disorder affecting the small intestine, in which symptoms like diarrhea and bloating are triggered by a substance gluten, present in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats. Celiac disease may be mild or >> Read More ...

Lactose Intolerance – Symptoms, Test, Diet, Treatment

What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) because of a lactase deficiency. Lactase is an enzyme that breaks down lactose to glucose and galactose, which are normally completely absorbed from the small intestine into the blood. In lactose deficiency, undigested lactose >> Read More ...
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