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When should you see a gastroenterologist?

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There are many reasons you may visit a gastroenterologist. This is the type of doctor that performs routine colonoscopies, a test that looks at the inside of your colon. Your primary care doctor may also refer you to a gastroenterologist if you have problems with:

These could be minor health concerns or signs of a serious condition. Gastroenterologists have the tools and expertise to diagnose you correctly. A few of the diseases and conditions they manage include:

  • Swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Food coming back up after you swallow
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Colon polyps that may turn into cancer

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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