Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Digestive Care)
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You can get treated in Eau Claire for these and other common or complex digestive disorders:
- Barretts esophagus often is diagnosed in people who have long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a chronic regurgitation of acid from the stomach into the lower esophagus.
- Celiac sprue disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients, called malabsorption. The intestinal damage often causes diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia.
- Colitis (collagenous, ischemic, lymphocytic, pseudomembranous, ulcerative) is an inflammation of the large intestine (colon).
- Diverticulitis occurs when one or more of the pouches in the lining of your digestive system, called diverticula, become inflamed or infected. Diverticulitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a marked change in your bowel habits.
- Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. Also called bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.
- Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that's released into your small intestine. If a gallstone lodges in a bile duct and causes a blockage, you may experience intense pain in your upper right or center of your abdomen or back pain in your right shoulder area.
- Gastritis is a general term for a group of conditions with one thing in common: inflammation of the lining of the stomach — most often the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers.
- Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach. This backwash, often called acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus if it occurs at least twice a week.
- Hepatitis/liver diseases are categorized based on several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver's ability to function. If left untreated, many of the strains can cause serious liver damage.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include:
- Ulcerative colitis — This condition causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.
- Crohn's disease —This type of IBD is characterized by inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which often spreads deep into affected tissues.
Symptoms vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. You are likely to have periods of active illness followed by periods of remission. Signs and symptoms that are common to both conditions include diarrhea, fever and fatigue, abdominal pain and cramping, blood in the stool, reduced appetite and unintended weight loss.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol but they have an excess of fat stored in liver cells. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, which is a potentially serious form of the disease, is marked by liver inflammation, which may progress to scarring and irreversible damage and possibly advance to cirrhosis and liver failure.
- Pancreatitis is inflammation in the pancreas. The pancreas produces enzymes that help digestion and hormones that help regulate the way your body processes glucose. Pancreatitis can be acute, meaning it appears suddenly and lasts for days, or chronic, meaning it occurs over many years.
- Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is stomach pain.
- Primary biliary cholangitis is a chronic disease in which the bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed. Bile is a fluid made in your liver. It aids with digestion and helps your body get rid of cholesterol, toxins and worn out red blood cells.