What is an Upper GI Endoscopy?

Upper GI endoscopy is an examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It is also known as EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)). There are many reasons for which an EGD is performed. Here are some of the more common indications of an EGD: • Evaluation of the cause...

What is a Colonoscopy and Why Do It?

Colonoscopy, or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, is the examination of the large bowel with a flexible video endoscope. This procedure may be performed for gastrointestinal emergencies on hospitalized patients, but more commonly it is used as a screening or...

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious...

Who is at risk for Colorectal Cancer?

Every one of us is at risk for colorectal cancer. Over 100,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2008. The majority of people who develop colorectal cancer have no known risk factors. Although the exact cause of colorectal cancer is not known,...