Your Condition: Unusual Symptoms and the Right Team
Digestive conditions aren’t limited to Crohn’s and colitis. They can include heart burn, acid reflux, celiac disease, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, liver cancer and more. While these conditions have different causes, symptoms and treatments, they have one major factor in common: what you eat and how your body reacts to it.
This common factor often leads to other problems in your throat or stomach. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms that aren’t typical, a diagnostic test can help you determine if it is serious.
Common diagnostic tests for digestive concerns include:
• Computerized Tomography (CT scan)—a type of x-ray that uses computers to take pictures of the neck, chest and abdomen to identify unusual masses, tumors or any other abnormalities that causes symptoms.
• Esophagram with Barium Swallow—a x-ray test of the esophagus to view how the digestive organs perform in action. This helps detect narrowing or irritation of the esophagus or blockages.
• Endoscopy—a thin, lighted tube inserted down the throat to observe the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. This is used to discover the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain or chest pain.
• Colonoscopy—This procedure is used to explore the lower intestine for any abnormal growths or signs of cancer that can cause unusual symptoms.
Your family doctor manages your symptoms on a regular basis, but a specialized GI Care Center can help provide guidance from nutritionists, GI specialists and surgeons if the need arises.
Our community partner, HealthONE, provides digestive disease care that is available to you at Swedish Medical Center, The Medical Center of Aurora, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, North Suburban Medical Center, Rose Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center. All these facilities have board-certified physicians and specialists who diagnose, help patients manage, and treat digestive diseases.
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