Diverticulosis - Topic Overview
What is diverticulosis? Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon, part of the large intestine. These pouches may be up to or larger in diameter.In diverticulosis, the pouches in the colon wall do not cause symptoms. As many as 80% of the people who have diverticulosis never realize it.1 Diverticulosis may not be discovered unless symptoms
Gallstones - When To Call a Doctor
Learn when to call a doctor about gallstones.
Laxatives - Topic Overview
What is a laxative?A laxative is a substance that helps you have a bowel movement. Laxatives are used to relieve and prevent constipation, which occurs when it is difficult to have a bowel movement.What types of laxatives are there?There are four types of products for preventing or treating constipation:Bulking agents. Food such as bran or products such as Citrucel, Metamucil, or Perdiem ease ...
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a procedure that combines the use of a flexible, lighted scope (endoscope) with X-ray pictures to examine the tubes that drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
A gallbladder scan is a nuclear scanning test that is done to evaluate gallbladder function. It can detect blockage in the tubes (bile ducts) that lead from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine (duodenum).
Gallstones - Exams and Tests
Gallstones may be found during tests that evaluate abdominal pain or during routine ultrasound exams to monitor a pregnancy. The health professional will ask questions about your medical history and your symptoms and will do a physical exam. Although your
Helicobacter Pylori Tests
Helicobacter pylori tests are used to detect a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection in the stomach and upper part of the small intestine (duodenum).
Hemorrhoids - Cause
Learn about hemorrhoids and what causes them.
Gallstones - Symptoms
Learn about the main symptom of gallstones -- pain in the stomach area or in the upper right part of the belly, under the ribs.
Gas, Bloating, and Burping - Topic Overview
Gas (flatus), burping, and bloating are all normal conditions.