Gastroenterology is the study of diseases and disorders
of the gastrointestinal tract - including the Pancreas,
Gall Bladder, Bile Duct), Stomach, Liver, Large
Intestines and Small Intestines. These parts of
the body play a role in the digestive process.
Some of the conditions studied and treated by gastroenterologists
include Heartburn; Waterbrash; Dysphagia; Dyspepsia;
Nausea and Vomiting; Anorexia; Gas and Bloating;
Constipation; Diarrhoea; Malnutrition; Abdominal
Complaints; Liver Disease, and Gastrointestinal
More about Gastroenterology:
A medical specialist in the field of gastroenterology
is called a gastroenterologist.
The gastrointestinal medical interview generally
includes description of the symptom itself, history
of previous gastrointestinal disorders or surgery,
consideration of any symptoms that could imply the
presence of organic disease (e.g. anaemia or weight
loss) and usually also consideration of the patient's
psychological and psychosocial state e.g. any traumatic
events at about the time of the onset of the present
and/or previous complaints. A family history may
also be taken.