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Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition, meaning your immune system attacks healthy tissues in your body. Celiac disease mainly affects the small intestine, but it can impact other parts of the body, too.
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. Also called bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach – called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES – does not close properly. This causes stomach acid and juices to flow back to the upper esophagus and throat.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term that describes conditions in which the gastrointestinal tract is inflamed due to an abnormal immune response, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main types of IBD.
What are Liver Tumors? The liver is the largest internal organ. It breaks down and stores nutrients absorbed from the intestine, makes clotting factors to protect you from bleeding too much when you are cut, and breaks down alcohol, drugs, and toxic wastes in the blood. Liver tumors, also called hepatic tumors, are growths on or in the liver. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors sometimes grow large enough to cause health problems. Liver tumors that are malignant – growing into nearby tissue or spreading to other parts of the body – are liver cancer. There are many types of liver tumors and liver cancer.
The pancreas is located on the left side of the abdomen, above the intestines and behind the stomach. It is made up of exocrine and endocrine tissue. Exocrine tissue produces digestive juices (or enzymes) to help digest food. Endocrine tissue produces hormones such as insulin and glucagon to help the body regulate sugar. There are many types of pancreatic tumors. The most common and aggressive type is ductal adenocarcinoma. Other types include islet cell tumors, pancreatic lymphoma, and cystic tumors, such as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN or IPMT). Any pancreatic tumor, as well as benign conditions such as pancreatitis, require diagnosis and treatment by expert specialists.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that causes digestive enzymes to attack and damage surrounding tissues. With chronic pancreatitis, the inflammation does not heal, worsens over time, and can lead to permanent damage, severe pain, and pancreatic insufficiency.