Digestive health

Common digestive disorders

Gastritis

Gastritis is a term used to describe inflammation of the mucosa (lining) of the stomach.

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine.

Isosporiasis

An uncommon intestinal infection caused by a parasite, isospora belli, which is especially common in people with immune deficiency.

Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Although it may cause inflammation in any area of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. Crohn's disease causes painful swelling that often results in diarrhea, or frequent, loose, watery stools.

Celiac disease

Celiac disease, also called celiac sprue, is a digestive disorder that occurs when an individual's immune system overreacts to the protein gluten, or other proteins within gluten such as gliadin, found in grains including wheat, rye, barley, and to some degree, oats. When a patient with the disease eats food that contains gluten, the immune system's response damages the intestinal lining. This causes symptoms of abdominal pain and bloating after consuming gluten.

Gastrointestinal disorders

Gastroinestinal disorders occur when the digestive tract (gastrointestinal) does not function properly. As a result, patients may have difficulty digesting food, absorbing nutrients, or having normal bowel movements.

Zolinger-Ellison syndrome

A rare syndrome involving tumours in the pancreas and duodenum which secrete excessive amounts of gastrin, and cause peptic ulcers.

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Dr Naayil Rajabally obtained his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000. He completed his gastroenterology training in 2011 and subsequently completed his MPhil degree in Gastroenterology at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Rajabally has expertise and special interest in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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