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Gastrointestinal Diseases

Gastrointestinal diseases can affect various parts of the body, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver and gallbladder.

Who treats this type of disease?

All of our physicians have had extensive training in the practice of gastroenterology and in the performance of gastrointestinal procedures. Our physicians are board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. Sharp Hospital Chula Vista, Sciripps Mercy Hospital, Promise Hospital, and Paradise Valley Hospital. We have a state of the art ambulatory surgery center located in our Euclid Endoscopy Center that provides superb care for our patients. Our practice utilizes an electronic medical records system, which enables us to be more responsive to our patients needs. Our mission is to give our patients the most professional care possible Hemorrhoids

What are Hemorrhoids?

The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and anal intercourse. Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus - internal - or under the skin around the annus - external.

What is sprue/celiac disease?

Sprue/celiac disease is an intestinal disorder that results from an exaggerated immune response to gluten (also called Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy). Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and is present in many foods other than the obvious breads, cereals, and pastas. When people with sprue eat foods containing gluten, an allergic-like reaction by their immune system results in damage to the normal, tiny, fingerlike protrusions (villi) or the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are normally absorbed into the bloodstream through these villi. Damage to the villi results in reduced and ineffective absorption. Because the body's own immune system causes the damage, sprue/celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disorder.

What is diverticular disease?

Diverticular disease affects the colon. The colon is part of the large intestine that removes waste from your body. Diverticular disease is made up of two conditions: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula, from in the colon. These pouches bulge out like weak spots in a tire. Diverticulitis occurs if the pouches become inflamed.

What is Barrett's Esophagus?

The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach. Barrett's esophagus is a condition resulting from ongoing irritation of the esophagus where its normal lining is replaced by the type of lining that is normally found in the stomach. Patients with Barrett's esophagus lack symptoms that are noticeably different from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the underlying irritation in most cases.

What is GERD?

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common condition involving the esophagus (the muscular tube that connects the back of the mouth to the stomach) that can occure at any age, but typically begins to appear around age 40. Many people refer to this disorder as heartburn or indigestion. GERD is caused when the muscular valve at the lower end of the esophagus relaxes, allowing the contents of the stomach to backwash, or reflux, into the esophagus. These gastric contents contain strong acids and bile tha are very irritating to the lining of the exophagus



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