Leslie H Price MD

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What is celiac disease?

April 18, 2016

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients. This disease occurs in genetically predisposed people and can be diagnosed at any age. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 100 people have celiac disease.

Spring Allergies May Make It Difficult to Swallow

April 13, 2015

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease characterized by the presence of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which causes inflammation in the esophagus. This inflammation can lead to stiffening or narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or food getting stuck in the esophagus. The cause in adults has not been clearly identified, but an allergic reaction to environmental and/or food allergens have been suggested in individuals who are genetically susceptible. There is a strong association with food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. Hence the worsening of symptoms during Spring and Fall. This condition was initially thought to be rare, but has been increasing over the years, possibly due to increasing recognition.  Current estimates of this condition may be as high as 2-3 per 10,000 individuals.

Living with achalasia like Seahawk Malcolm Smith

February 06, 2014

On February 3, 2014, Yahoo Sports published an article regarding this years’ Super Bowl MVP, Malcolm Smith, as not only achieving recognition for his Super Bowl performance, but also dealing with a rare swallowing disorder known as achalasia.
 
Achalasia is a rare disorder with a prevalence of 10 cases per 100,000 individuals.  Men and women are equally affected and it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 25 to 60 years.  The disease often comes on slowly and is gradually progressive with problems swallowing solids and liquids, and movement of undigested food particles back up into the mouth unintentionally (bland regurgitation).  Patients also often complain of a burning chest sensation. Other symptoms include hiccups, difficulties belching, and sometimes weight loss.

The condition can be seen with radiology studies including a barium esophagram that shows a dilated, or larger than normal, cali...

Is the FODMAP diet right for you?

October 21, 2013

FODMAPs is an acronym, coined by two Australian researchers, that refers to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are small chain sugars, fibers and sugar alcohols that are poorly digested by humans, but are easily digested by the bacteria in your intestine and colon. The FODMAP diet is used to alleviate the impact these types of foods have on your gastrointestinal tract.