Patient Education

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Symptoms and General Health

General Health Topics


Bacteria and Foodborne Illness

Bleeding in the Digestive Tract


Lactose Intolerance 

Smoking and your Digestive System 



Dyspepsia (Indigestion) 

Fecal Incontinence 

Flatulence, Gas in the Digestive Tract 


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


Delayed Gastric Emptying (Gastroparesis) 

Peptic Ulcer (Stomach Ulcer) 

Small Intestine

Celiac Disease 

Crohn’s Disease

Whipple’s Disease 

Short Bowel Syndrome 

Liver & Pancreas

Autoimmune Hepatitis

Hepatitis A 

Hepatitis B 

Hepatitis C 

Cirrhosis of the Liver 


Fatty Liver Disease (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis)

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) 


Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

Wilson Disease 

Liver Transplantation



Pancreatic Cyst

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Insufficiency

Large Intestine

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis 

Crohn’s Disease 

Collagenous and Lymphocytic Colitis 

Colon Polyps

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 

Ulcerative Colitis





Adenomatous polyp – A grape-like shaped growth that occurs on the lining of the colon and rectum. This type of polyp can become cancerous.

Benign – Not cancerous.

Cancer – Abnormal cell growth that destroys normal body function.

Colon – The last four to five feet of the digestive tract. The colon absorbs water and minerals from digested material.

Colostomy – A surgical procedure that creates an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall for waste products to move out of the body.

Crohn’s Disease – An inflammation of the colon and lower part of the small intestine. Having this disease can increase the risk for CRC.

Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer – A special kind of inherited colon cancer characterized by having many family members with CRC.

Inflammation – A response to tissue injury that causes redness, swelling, and pain.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease are the two diseases that are known as IBD, which is characterized by inflammation of the small and large intestines.

Polyp – A grape-like shaped or mushroom-like growth that occurs on the lining of the colon and rectum. Polyps can change over time, from benign to cancer growths. They should be identified and removed.

Polyposis – A condition in which the colon is lined with many polyps.

Rectum – The lowest part of the colon. Cancer can occur here.

Risk – The possibility of a person developing a certain disease.

Screening – Identifies people without symptoms who have polyps or CRC.

Stool – The solid waste product of digestion. Also called bowel movement (BM).

Ulcerative colitis – An inflammation process of the inner lining of the large intestine. The longer this disease occurs, the greater the chance for CRC to develop.