The digestive system turns food into nutrients that are absorbed by the body and removes waste. The mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum and anus are involved.
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Topic: Small intestine
Adhesions may have no signs or symptoms, or they may cause pain by pulling on nerves.
Coeliac disease is an immune disease caused by gluten.
When people with inflammatory bowel disease are not experiencing a flare-up of their illness, they feel quite well and are often free of symptoms.
It is important to establish the cause of gastro, as different types of gastroenteritis respond to different treatments.
Amoebiasis can cause diarrhoea among travellers to developing countries.
Campylobacteriosis is a type of gastroenteritis and is more common in children under five years of age and young adults
Outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis have been associated with child care centres, public swimming pools and contaminated water supplies.
Most people infected with Giardia parasites do not develop symptoms but can still spread the infection to others.
You may be more prone to salmonellosis if you are elderly, have another medical condition (such as a weakened immune system) or are malnourished.
Outbreaks of shigella gastroenteritis can occur in institutional settings, particularly where children are still in nappies or adults are incontinent.
Babies can become ill quickly with gastro - they need extra fluids to replace fluids lost by diarrhoea and vomiting.
Irritable bowel syndrome can’t be cured with medications or special diets but avoiding individual triggers can help prevent it.
Rotavirus is a form of viral gastroenteritis. Rotavirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis for Australian babies and preschool children.
Children need several doses of the vaccine to reduce the risk of rotavirus.
The risk of traveller's diarrhoea is higher where sanitation and hygiene standards are poor.