Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.
A gastroenterologist needs to have a detailed understanding of the normal physiology of all the above mentioned organs as well as motility through the intestines and gastrointestinal tract in order to maintain a healthy digestion, absorption of nutrients, removal of waste and metabolic processes.
A gastroenterologist also needs to have a clear understanding of ailments affecting the organs of the gastrointestinal system like:
• peptic ulcer disease
• gastric cancers
• esophageal cancers
• Barret’s esophagus
• colon polyps
• colon and bowel cancers
• pancreatic cancers
• biliary tract disease
• gallbladder stones and cancer
• gastroesophageal reflux
• nutritional problems and malabsorption,
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• a host of other disease conditions
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