Acute Hepatic Porphyria

What is Acute Hepatic Porphyria? Acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) is a group of rare genetic conditions that can cause severe, sudden (acute) symptoms. These symptoms can happen in various parts of the body and often require a hospital visit. There are four types of AHP which include: acute intermittent porphyria, variegate porphyria, hereditary coproporphyria, and […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS affects up to 5-10% of individuals worldwide and affects children and adults of both genders. Although IBS does not shorten a person’s life span, it is associated with a large health care and economic burden. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in which people have reoccurring issues with abdominal discomfort or pain that […]

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

The sphincter of Oddi is a muscular valve that controls the flow of digestive juices (bile and pancreatic juice) through ducts from the liver and pancreas into the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) describes the situation when the sphincter does not relax at the appropriate time (due to […]

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 […]

Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome (FAPS)

People with functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can have a variety of symptoms that range from painless diarrhea or constipation, to pain associated with diarrhea and/or constipation (usually called irritable bowel syndrome). There is another, less common condition of abdominal pain that is chronic or frequently recurring; it is not associated with changes in bowel pattern […]

Volvulus

  Volvulus is a condition in which the bowel twists on itself, causing obstruction to the flow of material through the bowel. It can also lead to obstruction of the blood supply to the intestine itself, which can result in tissue death within the bowel.[1] Volvulus is most commonly due to a birth defect called […]

Globus

Defining Globus Globus (Latin for globe or ball) is the sensation of a lump or ball in the throat, typically felt in the throat at the level of the Adam’s apple. It is commonly experienced with an intense emotional experience such as stress. The “globus response” is a common human experience. Globus seems equally prevalent […]

Dyspepsia

¿Sólo hablas español? en españolTratamiento la Dispepsia Funcional: Cuáles son sus opciones? Dyspepsia is a common disorder that affects up to 30% of the general population. Symptoms of Dyspepsia Symptoms of dyspepsia include: upper abdominal pain or discomfort  frequently include symptoms of burning, pressure, or fullness often, but not necessarily, related to meals. early feeling […]

Anal Fistulas

What is an anal fistula? A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs or two tissue surfaces. An anal fistula (fistula-in-ano) is a connection between the anal canal and the skin. In order to understand the cause, treatment, and complications of therapy for fistula-in-ano, an understanding of the anatomy of the anal canal is […]

Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease What You Need to Know Did you know more than 2 million Americans have celiac disease but most of them don’t know it? What is celiac disease? Celiac disease damages the small intestine. People with celiac disease can’t eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and in some products such […]

Chronic Constipation

Chronic, long-term or recurring, constipation is more challenging to treat than common simple constipation. People who are constipated may experience any one or more of the following: reduced stool frequency, hard stools, difficulty passing stools, straining, painful bowel movements, or feeling of incomplete emptying after defecation. Most of us experience constipation from time to time. […]