Gastrointestinal Disorder

What is a Gastrointestinal Disorder?

A gastrointestinal disorder, also known as GI disorder, is any long term condition that affects the digestive tract or its ability to process food. These conditions can affect the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, esophagus, and other parts of the digestive system. Common gastrointestinal disorders include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and celiac disease.

Common Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disorders

The most common symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss

Diagnosis & Treatments

A diagnosis for a GI disorder is established by reviewing a patient’s medical history, performing a physical exam, and administering tests such as endoscopy, blood tests, and X-rays. Treatments for GI disorders may include medication, lifestyle modifications, and/or surgery. The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms, control inflammation, and restore normal digestion.