Digestive health

Common digestive disorders

Isosporiasis

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

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.

Nausea and vomiting - from Natural Standard

Nausea is the unpleasant, painless sensation that one may potentially vomit. Vomiting is an organized, subconscious response that ultimately results in the forceful expulsion of gastric contents through the mouth and sometimes the nose. Vomiting is intended to protect a person from harmful ingested substances.

Zolinger-Ellison Syndrome

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

Living with Crohn's Disease

Health24 reader Daniel van der Spuy shares story about living with with Crohns Disease in order to help people with the same disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines - ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The symptoms of these two illnesses are very similar, which often makes it difficult to distinguish between the two. In fact, about 10% of colitis (inflamed colon) cases cannot be diagnosed as either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. When physicians cannot diagnose the specific IBD, the condition is called indeterminate colitis.

Gilbert's syndrome

Gilbert's syndrome, also known as constitutional hepatic dysfunction, unconjugated benign bilirubinemia, and familial nonhemolytic jaundice, is an inherited disorder that occurs when the liver is unable to properly process the yellow-green pigments in bile (called bilirubin). The resulting increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream may lead to yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), but the liver itself remains normal. In fact, this condition is so mild that doctors do not usually consider it a disease.

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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 complex Chrohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

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