Digestive Disorders

What Are They?

Digestive disorders are any illness that affects the digestive system. The digestive system is made up of the oesophagus (food tube), stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and the anus. 

Digestive disorders include:

  • Gallstones, cholecystitis, and cholangitis
  • Rectal problems, such as anal fissure, hemorrhoids, proctitis, and rectal prolapse
  • Esophagus problems, such as stricture (narrowing) and achalasia
  • Liver problems, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C, cirrhosis, liver failure, and autoimmune and alcoholic hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis and pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Intestinal problems, such as polyps and cancer, infections, celiac disease, Crohn disease,ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, short bowel syndrome, and intestinal ischemia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and hiatal hernia

Signs and symptoms

Digestive disorders often include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Incontinence
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the belly
  • Swallowing problems
  • Weight gain or loss

Treatment Options 

Treatment for digestive problems ranges from off-the-shelf medicines to surgery. If you feel like you have a digestive disorder then speak to a babylon GP or one of our gastroenterologists, a physician specialist who has received extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders.