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Gastrointestinal Health

Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic Health System specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract.

Hometown Health Blog

5 things you can do to keep your colon healthy

For years, turning 50 came with a special birthday message from your health care team: Time to have a colonoscopy. Read about the change in guidelines to begin screening at age 45.

Salwa BakkaliDerksen DO By Salwa Bakkali-Derksen March 9, 2023

Living with Crohn's disease or colitis

From mild to debilitating symptoms, inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease or colitis, can affect all aspects of your health. Learn about risk factors and effects, and get coping tips.

Daisy Batista, M.D. By Daisy Batista January 24, 2023

Fecal incontinence: Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak?

Most pelvic floor issues can be diagnosed and treated once identified as a concern. Find out what determines minor and major fecal incontinence and treatment options.

Stephanie Chambers, APRN, C.N.P., D.N.P. By Stephanie Chambers September 19, 2022

Breaking down acute and chronic pancreatitis

While more people experience a mild form of pancreatitis, which appears suddenly, some experience a severe case that can cause life-threatening conditions. Learn about the symptoms and treatment for each form of pancreatitis.

Sebastian Strobel, M.D. By Sebastian Strobel August 18, 2022

Breaking down the details of colorectal surgery

Colorectal surgery is a wide range of procedures that treat conditions of the lower digestive tract, ranging from hemorrhoids to cancer. Here's what you need to know if you need surgery.

Andrew Morris, M.D. By Andrew Morris August 11, 2022

Testing for hepatitis C could save your life

Testing for hepatitis C can be the difference between serious health complications later in life or a manageable condition. Get answers to common questions to understand more about hepatitis C.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie July 28, 2022

An introduction to probiotics

While medical science works to further understand the human microbiome's role in your daily health, answers to common questions can help you better understand probiotics.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin July 13, 2022

What’s the difference between inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome?

Misinterpreting a diagnosis can have a radically different meaning between similar-sounding conditions. This is true for inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

Daisy Batista, M.D. By Daisy Batista July 6, 2022

All about food allergies

Life at the dinner table looks different for people with food allergies, which often is confused with food intolerance. Understand the differences to help manage your meal planning.

Kjersten Nett LD By Kjersten Nett June 29, 2022

Not just a hernia: Symptoms disguise life-threatening condition

While seeking help for symptoms of a hiatal hernia, Nathan Emmons was shocked to learn that he had blocked arteries in his heart. Read how his care team worked quickly to restore the blood flow.

June 9, 2022

Food intolerance or food allergy?

Food intolerances are common, but people often confuse intolerance with allergies. Learn how to distinguish between the two.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie May 12, 2022

Gluten-free: What does that mean?

A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. Find out how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.

Kjersten Nett LD By Kjersten Nett May 6, 2022