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Gastroenterology

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Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

A gastroenterologist needs to have a detailed understanding of the normal physiology of all the above mentioned organs as well as motility through the intestines and gastrointestinal tract in order to maintain a healthy digestion, absorption of nutrients,  removal of waste and metabolic processes.
 

A gastroenterologist also needs to have a clear understanding of ailments affecting the organs of the gastrointestinal system like:

  • peptic ulcer disease

  • gastric cancers

  • esophageal cancers

  • achalasia

  • Barret’s esophagus

  • colon polyps

  • colon and bowel cancers

  • pancreatitis

  • pancreatic cancers

  • cholecystitis

  • biliary tract disease

  • gallbladder stones and cancer

  • hepatitis

  • gastroesophageal reflux

  • colitis

  • nutritional problems and malabsorption,

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • a host of other disease conditions

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