Gastroenterology - Medical specialists

Gastro - of course: This must have to do with the stomach. In fact, the ancient Greeks called the stomach Gaster. From gastronomy to gastritis, the word often accompanies us. Accordingly, gastroenterology is the branch of internal medicine that deals with disorders and diseases of the digestive system and the abdominal cavity.

But it is not only the stomach that can be afflicted by functional disorders. The intestines are of course also part of it - but in a broader sense also the esophagus, the pancreas, the liver and the gall bladder. This is why gastroenterologists often work together with other specialists - with surgeons, radiologists and oncologists.

Gastroenterology - Further information

The main treatment areas of gastroenterologists include reflux - everything to do with heartburn and belching - and stomach ulcers. Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, hepatitis and jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver, irritable stomach and irritable bowel are also included in the specialist area.

In addition to functional disorders, the specialists in the field of stomach and intestine disorders also treat cancers of the digestive tract - above all colon cancer and stomach cancer.

The examination methods are as varied as the diseases. These range from ultrasound of the abdominal cavity to endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Tissue samples can also be taken, intestinal polyps removed or bile ducts widened.

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