Progressive GI Symptoms: Could it be Scleroderma? Functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are extremely common. However, on rare occasions, people thought to have a functional GI disorder can develop progressive GI symptoms from another underlying condition. This is truly rare, but when symptoms do not respond as expected, or if symptoms get worse and worse despite […]

Bowel Incontinence

Many otherwise healthy, active people suffer from loss of bowel control, or bowel incontinence. Bowel incontinence, also called fecal incontinence or accidental bowel leakage (ABL), strikes people of all ages. It involves the involuntary or accidental leakage or loss of solid or liquid stool. Bowel incontinence is a distressing and isolating condition. It has a […]

Hirschsprung’s Disease

At a Glance Hirschsprung’s disease is a rare condition that people are born with Symptoms usually appear in newborns, but may also appear in childhood or adulthood Diagnosis is usually made within the first few months or years of life Sometimes diagnosis is made in adulthood Tests confirm the diagnosis Treatment is surgical Some symptoms […]

Dyssynergic Defecation: About a Common Cause of Chronic Constipation

Introduction There is no single definition of constipation. A person may experience one or more problems such as infrequent bowel movements, hard and difficult to pass stool, incomplete bowel movements, or straining to have a bowel movement. A number of factors can cause chronic constipation. An estimated one-quarter or more of chronic constipation is caused […]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic irritation and ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common disorders. The disorders can develop in any age group but are usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. What is Crohn’s disease? The digestive system Crohn’s disease is an […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in which abdominal discomfort or pain is associated with a range of symptoms. Typically, these include intermittent abdominal pain accompanied by diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both. Bloating or distention of the abdomen is also common, and other symptoms may be present as well. In IBS, the […]

Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a rare condition with symptoms like those caused by a bowel obstruction, or blockage. But when the intestines are examined, no blockage is found. Instead, the symptoms are due to nerve (visceral neuropathy) or muscle (visceral myopathy) problems that affect the movement of food, fluid, and air through the intestines. The intestines, […]

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Note: Many disorders can affect the digestive tract. Some can have symptoms that may be similar to or overlap with gastrointestinal (GI) functional or motility disorders. These will have uniquely identifying features which differentiate them from functional GI or motility disorders. What is Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis? Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is the condition of having small pouches […]