General Surgery

Gastrointestinal System Problems

Gastrointestinal diseases affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus. There are two types: functional and structural. Some examples include nausea/vomiting, food poisoning, lactose intolerance and diarrhea.

Symptoms of digestive disorders obviously vary from condition to condition and from person to person. However, some symptoms are common to most gastrointestinal problems. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal discomfort (bloating, pain or cramps) 
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Acid reflux (heartburn) 
  • Diarrhea, constipation (or sometimes both)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing.

The most common gastrointestinal conditions:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Gallstones
  • Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Liver Disease
  • Diverticulitis