Food is essential for the survival of human beings. Even though people can live without food intake for several days, there are still some detrimental conditions that may arise from a day of starvation. Some of these are lethargy or stupor, irritability, body weakness, etcetera. There are cases when some voluntarily chooses not to eat but the more serious problem may occur when a specific disease affects the digestive system resulting to poor nutrition. Hence, one should instantly approach a gastroenterologist for immediate care.
Gastroenterologists are medical doctors who are concerned with the process of diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders that affect the gastrointestinal tract. The parts of the digestive system that are taken in hand by these medical specialists are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and the biliary tract.
These medical specialists do not become proficient in this field without proper training. Gastroenterologists go through intensive education in internal medicine
and an additional schooling in the field of gastroenterology. In this way, they would be able to distinguish the diseases affecting the organs of the digestive system and provide management for each.
Medical doctors in the branch of gastroenterology are highly skilled when it comes to doing necessary assessment on the digestive tract. Aside from physical examination, these medical specialists also make use of certain diagnostic procedure in order to find solid basis for a diagnosis. Some of these are: x-ray, endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc.
Types of Patients
Gastroenterologists take care of various problems that affect the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. Among all the medical conditions that influence the gastrointestinal tract are those that targets the anus and the rectum such as cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids, and colonic neoplasms.
Patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gastritis are also treated by gastroenterologist. Other problems to which the medical specialists dedicate themselves to include: hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel diseases such as the Crohn's disease and the ulcerative colitis.
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