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What is the difference between a gastrologist and a gastroenterologist?

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Some medical words can be hard to pronounce. A prime example: gastroenterology, the branch of medicine that focuses on the digestive tract. It’s easy to see why many people call it gastrology by mistake.

That said, gastrology does have a medical definition: It’s the study of the stomach and stomach diseases. However, it’s not a medical specialty in the United States today. The type of doctor you’d see for stomach problems is a gastroenterologist, not a gastrologist.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “What is a Gastroenterologist?”

MediLexicon: “Gastrology.”

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: “Gastrology.”

Sun, W. Feb. 1, 2015. Cancer Letters,

Hryszczykowa, L. Sept. 15, 1988. Wiadomosci Lekarski,

UNC School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: “What is a Gastroenterologist?”

MediLexicon: “Gastrology.”

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary: “Gastrology.”

Sun, W. Feb. 1, 2015. Cancer Letters,

Hryszczykowa, L. Sept. 15, 1988. Wiadomosci Lekarski,

UNC School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2017

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