Category Archives: Diseases

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected, less often it can be spread via body...

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs for short are a group of drugs that help reduce the production of stomach acid. They are available with or without prescription for the treatment of heartburn, GERD, ulcers, esophagitis, barrett’s esophagus and other stomach acid related conditions. Here are a list of common PPIs:...

What Are Gallstones

Gallstones or cholelithiasis are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just below the liver. Gallstones are very common in the United States. It is estimated that 6.3 million men and...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive (GI) tract. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it has been associated with genetic and autoimmune diseases. About 15% of IBD have close relatives who also have IBD. IBD primarily involves ulcerative colitis...

Fatty Liver (Steatosis)

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found high in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. The liver is a remarkable organ that has ability to regenerate itself and it is able to tolerate a heavy load for the body. The liver has many functions;...

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory disease of the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract has four major parts: the esophagus; the stomach; the small bowel and the colon and rectum. The two primary sites for CD are the ileum, which is the last portion of the small bowel...

Pancreas disease

The pancreas is about 6 inches long and sits across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen and is connected to the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) through a small tube called the...

Gastritis

Gastritis is the inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).  Gastritis does not mean that there is an ulcer or cancer.  Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, use of certain medications...

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Eosinophil is a white blood cell manufactured in the bone marrow and is one of the many types of cells that actively promote inflammation. They are particularly active in the type of inflammation caused by allergic reactions. A lot...

Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis

Diverticulosis is a condition, in which pouches (out pocketing) develop in the wall of the colon (large intestine). These pouches, known as diverticula, are variable in size. These pouches are usually formed in weak area in the colon wall due to high pressure possibly secondary to chronic constipation and it...