Diarrhea occurs when the food and fluids you ingest pass too quickly through your colon. Diarrhea can be classified into acute or chronic and its symptoms can be classified as uncomplicated and complicated. Uncomplicated symptoms of diarrhea are abdominal cramping/bloating, thin loose watery stools, and the sense of urgency to have a bowel movements. Symptoms of complicated diarrhea include blood or undigested food in the stool, weight loss and fever. If you have symptoms of complicated diarrhea you need to notify your primary care provider for further evaluation.
As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’m often asked whether there is any way to prevent a child from developing celiac disease. Based on what I knew regarding how food allergies develop, I used to counsel families that there might be a “window of opportunity”, between four and six months, when it’s possible to introduce grains and other gluten-containing foods that could potentially “teach” the immune system to tolerate gluten and thus lower the risk of developing celiac disease.
However, my “window theory” recently got thrown out the window when the results of two important scientific studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
However, these medications may cause harm to the gastrointestinal system: possible bleeding risks, ulcer formation, ischemia, or decreased blood flow to certain areas of the gastrointestinal system which can lead to increased bleeding, vomiting of blood, or blood in the stool. These medications should be ...
We recently received this post from a patient who asked us to share her story and her experiences with Dr. Schembre and Dr. Tschirhart with the Swedish Digestive Health Network. Thank you, Yevette, for sharing your story with us!
Finally in December of 2013 they wanted me to go to rehab but I insisted on recovering at home in Marysville. I felt if there was a chance I was not going to make it I wanted to die at home. Dr. Tschirhart assured me that if I had trouble and had to go to my local hospital he would have me airlifted immediately back to Swedish. As soon as I got home and on my couch I felt better! I was discharged Dec 18, 2013 after a total of 381 days in the hospital.
Recently (August of 2014) I was able to return to work and can drive too! I did have trouble this past April when my side split open and went into Swedish ER. I commented to my friend that I needed to call Dr. Tschirhart so he could come get me. The intake gal overheard me and said doctors never do that. I tried to tell her that Dr. Tschirhart would. The ER was trying to gather info as to what had happened to me. My situation is too much to explain so I kept referring them to my file. I was very frustrated. As they were questioning me I saw this hand come through the door and slowly he walked in. There he was! I instantly started crying. He immediately had me transferred up to the 10th floor, order CT, medication etc. He came for me as promised. I knew he would.
Dr. Tshirhart always told me ....
A healthy liver may contain some fat. However, NAFLD occurs when the liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing excess fat to build-up in the liver. Mild fat accumulation usually does not result in inflammation of the liver. More severe fat accumulation can cause inflammation, and potential progression to cirrhosis (scarring of liver tissue). People who drink too much alcohol can get a condition similar to NAFLD, but NAFLD happens in people who do not drink alcohol or only a little alcohol.
We still have much to learn about the specific cause of NAFLD, but it is often associated with:
The amount of gas produced by the body depends upon your diet and other factors. Most people with symptoms of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person, but are more aware of normal amounts of gas.
Where does the gas come from?
Do you wonder if your child might have “lactose intolerance”? Have you ever thought of removing dairy from your child’s diet? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, here are a few things to remember when it comes to lactose intolerance in kids:
Lactose is broken down by lactase.
While lactose is the carbohydrate (sugar) found in milk, lactase is the enzyme that digests the sugar. This enzyme is found in the lining of the small intestine, breaks down lactose into simpler molecules that are easier to absorb. When there isn’t enough lactase, the sugar isn’t properly absorbed, which leads to the symptoms of “intolerance”, which include gas, bloating, pain and diarrhea.
True lactose intolerance is rare in young children.
Although children as young as infants can “transiently” have less lactase in their digestive tracts (most often, this happens for a week or two after an infection), lactase production remains ...
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