Gastroenterology deals with diseases of the digestive system. These include diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, liver and biliary system.

When and with what complaints should you consult a gastroenterologist?

For any occasions when our digestion or defecation changes, or we experience abdominal pain or discomfort related to eating.

The most common gastrointestinal complaints are

  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • diarrhea, constipation
  • abdominal pain
  • increased bowel movements
  • bad breath
  • feeling full after a meal

More severe symptoms require immediate investigation

  • sudden, significant weight loss
  • difficulty swallowing
  • vomiting
  • severe abdominal pain
  • black or bloody stools
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • jaundice

What happens during a gastroenterological examination?

First and foremost is a thorough questioning of the complaints (medical history) and a general examination of the patient. Next, laboratory and microbiological examinations of the blood, urine and faeces, an abdominal ultrasound examination, endoscopy and a mirroring of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract may be performed. Important additional procedures are conventional x-rays, CT and MRI scans, as well as exhalation scans, food sensitivity and intolerance scans.

One of the most important tasks today is the prevention of diseases and the administration of screening tests. In the field of gastroenterology, colon cancer screening has a special emphasis, as colon cancer is currently one of the most common causes of cancer death in Hungary. By detecting cancer conditions in good time, the disease can be prevented, as a growth recognized in its early stage can be cured with good treatment.

How should I arrive for the examination?

Bring your medical findings related to gastroenterological treatments, final reports of any surgeries, and make a list of medications you have previously taken, and their dosage, for your doctor.


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