Gastroinestinal disorders occur when the digestive tract (gastrointestinal) does not function properly. As a result, patients may have difficulty digesting food, absorbing nutrients or having normal bowel movements.
There are many different types of gastrointestinal disorders. Some affect multiple parts of the digestive tract, while others only affect the esophagus, abdomen/stomach, intestines or anus/rectum. The severity of gastrointestinal disorders varies significantly, depending on the specific type of the disease. Some disorders, such as indigestion, are mild while others, such as Crohn's disease, are life-long.
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