Hirschsprung’s Disease: An Overview

Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital condition that affects the large intestine. Here’s what you need to know.  Causes and Risk Factors Hirschsprung’s disease occurs when a baby is born missing nerve cells in their colon. Due to these missing nerve cells, they develop issues passing stool. While we do know that it’s a condition people […]

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is a condition in which you are unable to control bowel movements. Here’s what you need to know.  Causes and Risk Factors Many things can cause fecal incontinence, and may occur in combination. For example, nerve damage in the rectum or anal sphincter, which can occur during childbirth, may be a cause. Muscle […]

COVID-19 and the GI System

Back in August 2020, we first explored how a COVID-19 infection could affect your GI system. There was very little data to work with at the time, as the pandemic was largely still unfolding across the United States and across the world.  Since then, much has happened with the pandemic. Now, at a time when […]

Your Gut Health

A healthy digestive system can help you prevent many conditions, and reduce their severity if you do get them. While there are a lot of factors in your individual case that can impact specific advice, there are some general principles that are good to follow in most cases. Here are some important ways you can […]

Coronavirus Updates

July 21, 2021 In order to best protect our staff and patients, we are continuing to require that everyone wears a mask in all of our offices, including those in Indiana where the mask mandate has recently been lifted. You can read more about our response to COVID-19 on our website. This is our seventieth […]

A Review of Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic liver disease that causes damage to the bile ducts in the liver. Read on to learn more about this condition. Causes and Risk Factors PBC is considered to be an autoimmune disease. This means your body perceives your liver as invasive and attacks it. Your body’s T cells, […]

Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia, also known as indigestion, is a common condition. Here’s what you need to know. Causes and Risk Factors of Dyspepsia Dyspepsia can be caused by a number of things. Acid reflux and stomach ulcers can both irritate the lining of your stomach, leading to burning pain in your upper chest that is associated with […]

Colonic Ischemia: What You Need to Know

Colonic ischemia is a condition where blood flow in the colon is reduced. It can cause damage to the affected area of the colon. Here’s everything you need to know about this condition.  Causes and Risk Factors Colonic ischemia, as noted above, causes diminished blood flow in the colon. This can be caused by a […]

Anal Fissures: An Overview

An anal fissure is a tear or rip in the lining of the anal canal. Here’s what you need to know about anal fissures. Causes and Risk Factors Anal fissures are most often caused by trauma in the anal canal. They can be caused by straining during a bowel movement, chronic diarrhea, anal intercourse, childbirth, […]

A Review of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a condition characterized by recurring periods of severe nausea and vomiting. Read along for a review of the condition.  Causes and Risk Factors for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Cyclic vomiting syndrome is an uncommon syndrome that can affect a variety of groups of people. In many cases, it begins when children […]