Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Digestive Disease Overview

What is a digestive disease?
A person with a digestive disease has a condition that disturbs the normal function of the gastrointestinal tract. Digestive disease may affect any organ along the gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Digestive diseases include both acute (short-lived) problems, and chronic conditions that can affect a person for a lifetime. Common examples of digestive disease include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer disease, and irritable bowel disease.

What are the symptoms of a digestive disease?
Digestive diseases include a wide variety of conditions that cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or excess gas.

How does the doctor treat a digestive disease?
Treatment for a digestive disease depends on the underlying disorder. Treatment may include a special diet, medications, and surgery.

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