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Introduction Andrew S. Warner vii
Part 1 The Basics Eric D. Goldberg 1
Questions 1-11 cover basic background information about digestive issues, with topics such as:
I often have diarrhea-what does this mean?
How would I know if I am bleeding from my intestines?
Can medications affect my digestive system?
Part 2 The Esophagus, Stomach, and Acid-Related Disorders Stephen F. Nezhad 29
Questions 12-22 provide information specific to the esophagus and stomach, including:
What is an ulcer?
How do you treat H. Pylori?
I have frequent heartburn-does this mean I have GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)?
Part 3 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Amy E. Barto 43
Questions 23-37 describe inflammatory bowel diseases and related concerns:
What are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?
Can I pass Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis on to my children?
Does stress or certain lifestyle choices affect IBD?
Part 4 Malabsorption and Malnutrition R. Anand Narasimhan 91
Questions 38-48 address a variety of topics related to malabsorption and malnutrition, including:
How is food digested?
How do you know if you are not absorbing your food and are becoming malnourished?
What are the common vitamin and mineral deficiencies?
Part 5 Intestinal Infections Kristen M. Robson 113
Questions 49-61 discuss intestinal infections and ways to protect yourself:
What is gastroenteritis?
What can I do to protect myself from foodborne illnesses?
I am planning a vacation soon. Am I at risk for travelers' diarrhea?
Part 6 Gastrointestinal Cancer Ann Marie Joyce 131
Questions 62-71 discuss gastrointestinal cancers and provide information on risk and detection:
When should I have a colonoscopy?
I've had heartburn for many years-am I at risk of developing esophageal cancer?
How do you diagnose cancer of the liver?
Part 7 The Pancreas and Gallbladder Stephen J. Heller 157
Questions 72-85 outline issues that can arise with the pancreas and the gallbladder, including:
What is acute pancreatitis?
What are gallstones?
My doctor says that I need to have an ERCP to remove a gallstone from the bile duct-what is an ERCP?
Part 8 The Liver Stephen C. Fabry 177
Questions 86-100 cover a number of concerns related to the liver, including:
How common is liver disease?
What is a liver biopsy?
Can prescribed or over-the-counter drugs affect the liver?