What is Gastroenterology?

what-is-gastroenterologyGastroenterology is a specialty area within the field of internal medicine. Gastroenterologists, have special expertise in digestive system health and disorders that involve the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts, and liver.

Medical conditions that fall within the scope of gastroenterology include:

  • Celiac disease/Wheat intolerance
  • Colon polyps
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulosis/diverticulitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal cancer prevention and detection
  • Gallstones and problems associated with bile ducts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heartburn/acid reflux
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Liver Diseases including hepatitis
  • Malabsorption
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Nutrition
  • Polyps
  • Swallowing difficulty and other problems associated with the esophagus
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcer disease