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Anatomic Problems of the Lower GI Tract
Describes how some problems develop during the fetal stage and others develop with age. Covers symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for the different conditions.
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Bristol Stool Form Scale
The Bristol Stool Form Scale illustrates the seven stool types, which can be used to help fill out the stool diary.
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Colonoscopy
Provides general information about colonoscopy. Describes the purpose of the test, how patients can prepare for it, and what patients can expect during and after the procedure.
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En Español
Colonoscopia
Brinda información general sobre la colonoscopia. Describe el objetivo de la prueba, cómo se pueden preparar los pacientes para la prueba, y lo que pueden esperar los pacientes durante el procedimiento y después.
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Constipation
Defines constipation and describes its development, diagnosis, and treatment. Also highlights some misconceptions about constipation.
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Constipation in Children
Explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of constipation in children.
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Diverticular Disease
Defines diverticulosis and diverticulitis and provides information about symptoms, causes, complications, and treatment.
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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Provides general information about flexible sigmoidoscopy. Describes the purpose of the test, how patients can prepare for it, and what patients can expect during and after the procedure.
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Sigmoidoscopia flexible
Proporciona información general sobre la sigmoidoscopia flexible. Describe el propósito de la prueba, como los pacientes se pueden preparar para ella y que pueden esperar los pacientes durante y después del procedimiento.
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Hemorrhoids
Describes the symptoms, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatments for this common disorder.
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Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction
Discusses chronic and acute forms of intestinal pseudo-obstruction and briefly describes symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this rare condition.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Describes causes, symptoms, testing to rule out more serious intestinal problems, and lifestyle and medical symptom management of irritable bowel syndrome.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children
Defines irritable bowel syndrome. Describes diagnostic criteria and treatment, and offers guidelines for parents.
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Stool Diary *
The Stool Diary is a chart for recording daily bowel movement details such as time, presence of incontinence, stool seepage or staining, stool consistency, and urgency; additional details such as use of pads, med ications, and other comments can be recorded.
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What I need to know about Celiac Disease
Defines celiac disease and explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Includes examples of gluten-free diet options.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre la enfermedad celíaca
Define la enfermedad celiaca y explica sus síntomas, diagnóstico y tratamiento. Presenta algunos ejemplos de la dieta sin gluten.
Versión PDF (1,102 KB) *

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What I need to know about Constipation
Defines constipation and includes steps for prevention, as well as a list of additional resources.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre el estreñimiento
Define el estreñimiento e incluye las medidas de prevención, como también la lista de recursos adicionales.
Versión PDF (786 KB) *

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What I need to know about Diverticular Disease
Offers an overview of diverticular disease and explains the symptoms, causes, and treatment. Offers tips about how to reduce symptoms and complications through diet.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre la enfermedad Diverticular
Presenta información general acerca de la enfermedad diverticular y explica los síntomas, causas y tratamiento. Ofrece sugerencias en como disminuir los síntomas y las complicaciones mediante la dieta.
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What I need to know about Hirchsprung Disease
Defines and explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Hirschsprung disease.Includes a pronunciation guide.
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What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Explains irritable bowel syndrome, the causes, the symptoms, and outlines available treatment options. 
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Concerned About Constipation (from the National Institute for Aging)
Provides causes for Constipation, treatment and other useful resources.

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Page last updated June 25, 2014


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