Upper GI Tract
Gastrointestinal Tract Problems
The digestive system is composed of an upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
The food you eat travels from your throat through the esophagus to your stomach. A valve at the bottom of the esophagus called the lower esophageal sphincter prevents food and stomach acids from flowing back up into the esophagus.
In your stomach, food begins to digest and turn into a liquid. It then travels from your stomach to the duodenum, where bile and digestive enzymes produced by the gallbladder (with assistance from the liver and pancreas) further break down liquefied food so your body can absorb the nutrients.
A number of things can go wrong within the upper digestive tract. Upper GI symptoms such as stomach pains, gas, bloating, and heartburn are more than just unpleasant; they can also be a sign of a serious underlying condition.
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Celiac Disease
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Esophagitis and Stricture
- Gas and Bloating
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Heartburn and Reflux
- H. Pylori Bacterial Infection
- Hiatal Hernia
- Lactose Intolerance
- Peptic Ulcers
- Swallowing Disorders
Your doctor may recommend diagnostic testing such as upper GI endoscopy or an upper GI series/barium swallow, along with lifestyle changes, medications, or surgery to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life.
You don’t have to live with unpleasant, uncomfortable symptoms. Contact Carlisle Digestive Disease Associates today for an appointment. Call (717) 245-2228 or use our online appointment request form.