Digestive system diseases are the diseases related to the food ingestion, its digestion, absorption and excretion of the wastes from the body. The impact of the diseases of digestion system is not limited to itself, but its influence can be widely seen on the skin and other parts of the body. If not taken care of at the earliest they can cause severe pain and even death in certain cases. The major diseases of digestion system are:
Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/ Severe heartburn: Reflux (backward flow) of stomach acid into the esophagus due to the weakness of the valve between the esophagus and stomach. This leads to irritation and inflammation of the lining, resulting in chest pain called as GERD.
Jaundice – Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes from a backup of bile metabolic by-products from the blood into body tissues.
Diverticulosis/diverticulitis – Small pouches formed along the walls of the large intestine called diverticulitis which if symptomatic, causing discomfort to the patient, is called diverticulosis.
Cirrhosis – A degenerative disease of the liver which often develops in chronic alcoholics, but can be due to other causes also. The name refers to the gross appearance of the organ with organ-yellow color.
Portal hypertension – A potential complication of chronic alcoholism resulting in liver damage and obstruction of venous blood flow through the liver.
Esophageal varices – The thin-walled, swollen veins due to portal hypertension or other reason which puts you at the risk of vein tearing resulting in severe, possibly fatal, bleeding.
Dysphagia – Difficulty in swallowing. It can be caused due to GERD, esophageal tumor or by other reasons.
Crohn’s disease – A chronic inflammatory disease primarily of the bowel.
Peritonitis – Inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity. It can cause death if an inflamed appendix burst.
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NOTE: Diseases related to excretion are covered under urinary disease section.