Diseases and Treatments

Gastrointestinaltrakt, Leber, Darm, Magen, Speiseröhre

The diseases we treat

The following pages provide in-depth information about chronic diseases of the intestines, esophagus, liver, and bile ducts.

 

In patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), the body’s immune system attacks liver cells, leading to inflammation of liver tissue. AIH is a chronic disease that can be managed well with medications, which help stop the long-term progression of the disease.

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Chronic constipation is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Constipation is considered to be chronic when symptoms such as excessive straining or stools that are lumpy and hard last for more than three months.

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Colorectal cancer can be detected and effectively prevented at early stages by colonoscopy. In order to make cancer screening colonoscopy successful, the bowel needs to be cleansed beforehand.

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Crohn’s disease is one of the disorders called an inflammatory bowel disease. This inflammation can attack the entire gastrointestinal tract, often resulting in alternating healthy and diseased sections of the intestines.

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Eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare disease of the esophagus involving chronic inflammation as well as difficulty and pain swallowing. The symptoms of the disease seriously affect quality of life. As the disease is progressive, long-term treatment is necessary.

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Hemorrhoidal disease is a very widespread condition whose primary symptoms involve abnormal bowel movements, and can cause bright red rectal bleeding, pain, wetness, anal itching and enlarged hemorrhoids.

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The term irritable bowel syndrome refers to a number of different intestinal disorders whose exact physical causes are difficult or even impossible to determine. The symptoms can range from constipation to diarrhea, alternating stool patterns are also possible.

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Microscopic colitis consists of two conditions called lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis. It is an inflammatory bowel disease and primarily impacts the large intestine. Microscopic colitis can only be diagnosed by examining tissue samples under a microscope, colonoscopy findings are typically normal.

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Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the small bile ducts are damaged by inflammation. Without adequate treatment, this inflammation may eventually spread to the tissue of the liver and even cause cirrhosis. PBC affects women much more often than men.

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Travelers’ diarrhea is a common phenomenon when travelling into low-income countries and can seriously impact the quality of a holiday. Only few treatment options have shown to offer a causal treatment for the disease.

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Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis belongs to the disorders called inflammatory bowel diseases and is characterized by inflammation of the large intestine. This inflammation (almost) always starts in the rectum but can spread to an individually differing extent across the entire large intestine over the course of the disease.

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