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Intestinal Conditions

Intestinal Conditions: Introduction

Intestinal conditions include any disorder or disease that causes any abnormal condition or pathology in the small intestine or large intestine (colon).

There are a large variety of intestinal conditions and causes. Intestinal conditions can be due to irritation and inflammation of the small intestine or large intestine, a viral infection, a bacterial infection, malignancy, birth defects or congenital disorders, or other abnormal processes.

Intestinal conditions include gastroenteritis, intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome, food poisoning, traveller's diarrhea, and toxic ingestion. A toxic ingestion occurs after eating a substance that is toxic, such as a poisonous plant or mushroom.

Other types of intestinal conditions include appendicitis, colorectal cancer, small bowel cancer, duodenal ulcer, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome.

There are a large variety of symptoms of intestinal conditions. Symptoms vary depending on the specific type of intestinal condition. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, vomiting, fever, and a change in bowel habits. There are also a variety of complications of intestinal conditions. Some complications can be life-threatening. For more details about complications and symptoms, see symptoms of intestinal conditions.

Intestinal conditions can occur in any age group or population. Some causes of intestinal conditions, such as viral gastroenteritis, are contagious. Other causes are not contagious, including irritable bowel syndrome and toxic ingestion.

Depending on the cause, Intestinal conditions can be short-term and be quickly and successfully treated, such as in appendicitis, which is promptly diagnosed. However, some intestinal conditions can be recurring over a longer period of time and be more difficult to treat. These include inflammatory bowel diseases, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Some intestinal conditions, such as colorectal cancer are treated most successfully when diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease.

Diagnosing intestinal conditions begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination. Diagnosis may also include a complete blood count, which can help to determine if an infectious process, such as food poisoning is present.

A stool sample may be tested to determine if food poisoning or bacterial infection is the cause of the intestinal condition. This is called a stool culture and sensitivity, which can also determine the most effective antibiotic to use to treat intestinal conditions due to a bacterial infection.

A fecal occult blood test is generally done to determine if there is blood in the stool, which may point to some intestinal conditions, such as colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. A sample of stool is taken during a digital rectal exam. In this exam a finger is inserted into the rectum to feel for abnormalities.

A chemistry panel is a blood test that can evaluate if an intestinal condition that caused diarrhea or vomiting has lead to the complication of dehydration. An urinanalysis can also help to determine dehydration.

Making a diagnosis may also include performing a variety of other tests to help to diagnose other potential underlying diseases, conditions or disorders, such as colorectal cancer, small bowel cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease or a toxic ingestion. Tests can include additional blood tests and imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound or colonoscopy. A barium X-ray of the colon may also be done.

A diagnosis of intestinal conditions can be delayed or missed because intestinal conditions may be intermittent and for other reasons. For information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of intestinal conditions.

Treatment of Intestinal conditions involves diagnosing and treating the specific underlying disease, disorder or condition. Some conditions can be quickly and successfully treated, while others may be more difficult to treat. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of intestinal conditions. ...more »

Intestinal Conditions: Any condition affecting the intestines. The intestines are a part of the digestive system that starts at the stomach exit and ends at the anus. It consists of the small and large intestine. Conditions that can affect the intestines are diarrhea, obstruction, infection and ulcers. ...more »

Intestinal Conditions: Symptoms

Symptoms of intestinal conditions vary greatly in severity and nature. The nature of symptoms depends on the specific underlying disease or disorder, the presence of complications, and other factors. Some people with certain intestinal conditions, such as colorectal cancer may have no symptoms in early stages of the disease.

Symptoms may include diarrhea, abdominal ...more symptoms »

Intestinal Conditions: Treatments

The first step in treating intestinal conditions is prevention. This includes seeking regular medical care throughout the lifetime so that a licensed health care provider can evaluate symptoms, the risks of developing intestinal conditions, and perform routine screening tests for such diseases as colorectal cancer. These screening tests include a digital rectal exam and colonoscopy.

Other ...more treatments »

Intestinal Conditions: Misdiagnosis

A diagnosis of intestinal conditions can be delayed or missed because in some cases, there are no symptoms, such as in early colorectal cancer. In other cases symptoms of intestinal conditions may not be severe enough or last long enough for a person to seek medical care. Symptoms that intestinal conditions should be medically evaluated to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the specific ...more misdiagnosis »

Symptoms of Intestinal Conditions

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Intestinal Conditions: Deaths

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Types of Intestinal Conditions

Curable Types of Intestinal Conditions

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Causes of Intestinal Conditions

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Intestinal Conditions: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Intestinal Conditions

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed,...read more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance...read more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that...read more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e...read more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can,...read more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic...read more »

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Intestinal Conditions: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Intestinal Conditions

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Clinical Trials for Intestinal Conditions

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