Digestive health

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Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS)

Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS), also called Begnez-Cesar's syndrome, is an inherited immune system disorder that is passed down from parents to their children.

Bristol Stool Scale

The Bristol Stool Scale classifies the form of human faeces into seven categories which provide important clues about the health of your digestive tract.

Lies and laxatives

Advertisers would have us believe that health and happiness – especially for women – depend on regular bowel movements.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting have many possible causes, and are not always related to disease of the gastro-intestinal tract.

How the digestive system works

Use this interactive illustration of the digestive tract to find out which organs serve which function in this important body system.

The digestive system

The digestive system is made up of the digestive tract and other organs that help the body break down and absorb food.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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