Digestive symptoms may suggest some type of condition or disorder. Common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. However, the specific symptoms will vary in type and severity depending on the condition or disease.
The digestive tract (gastrointestinal tract) can be considered to begin at the mouth, passing through to the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon, rectum, and ending at the anus.
The digestive tract is not only important in breaking down foods and absorbing nutrients, but also in producing hormones and blood factors, ridding the body of waste products, and metabolizing toxins and drugs.
A disorder may affect one or multiple tissues and organs simultaneously.
Diagnosis of digestive disorders are typically through physical examination, endoscopy, x-ray, ultrasound, and other procedures.
Treatments are widely variable depending on the specific disorder.
Different digestive disorders are covered below where more specific symptoms can be addressed.