Diagnosis - Gastroenterology

Gallstones

Gallstones are relatively common, crystalline deposits of solidified bile, a digestive fluid stored in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is situated on the right side of the abdomen directly beneath the liver. Gallstones may range from being as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball and people may develop one or more gallstones. Smaller gallstones often do not exhibit symptoms and do not require treatment. Larger gallstones may become lodged at various points, causing intense pain.  In such cases the gallbladder usually has to be removed.

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    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

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Gastritis

Gastritis refers to an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Often the inflammation of gastritis is caused by a bacterial infection with the same type of bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. This bacterial infection coupled with other factors, such as excessive consumption of alcohol or certain pain-killers can lead to the development of gastritis. Gastritis may arise suddenly as acute gastritis or over a long time as chronic gastritis. While gastritis is sometimes associated with the development of ulcers and stomach cancer, in most cases it improves rapidly under the correct treatment. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive condition whereby stomach acid is regurgitated from the stomach into the lower portion of the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat with the stomach.  The stomach acid then irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. A common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease is heartburn. Although the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease are occasionally experienced even by healthy people, should they arise several times a week or act as impairment to daily life they are then termed gastroesophageal reflux disease. While the symptoms of heartburn can be managed with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease may require other therapies such as stronger medications or even surgery.     

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Hemophilia

Hemophilia is usually an inherited disease which affects the blood-clotting system.  Clotting is the process whereby blood changes its consistency from a liquid to a solid state in order to bring bleeding to a standstill. There are various different types of hemophilia which may vary in their degree of severity, all of which can however cause prolonged bleeding. Internal bleeding and bleeding into joints are considered the primary health concerns of hemophilia. Although hemophilia can not be cured, if managed properly, people with hemophilia can still live out an active and independent lifestyle.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that is very contagious and caused by the hepatitis A virus.  There are several types of hepatitis virus which have in common their tendency to cause inflammation in the liver, thereby impairing the liver’s function. Hepatitis A is usually acquired through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. It can also be contracted from close contact with another person infected with the virus. Hepatitis A can be treated well and most people who become infected make a full recovery and suffer no permanent liver damage.  In mild cases of hepatitis A, treatment may not even be necessary. Hygienic measures, such as regular hand-washing, are an effective way of protecting oneself against hepatitis A. Vaccinations are also available to prevent infection.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a contagious and serious infection of the liver which is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). There are several types of hepatitis virus which have in common their tendency to cause inflammation in the liver, thereby impairing the liver’s function.  Hepatitis B can be contracted through contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person.  Infections with the hepatitis B virus can potentially become chronic which may then result in liver failure, cancer of the liver or liver cirrhosis, a condition where the liver is permanently damaged and scarred. Usually, adults who become infected with hepatitis B can make a full recovery, even though the symptoms of the infection are severe. A hepatitis B infection in children is much more likely to develop into a chronic illness.  Hepatitis B infections can be prevented by vaccination.  People already infected with the hepatitis B virus can avoid spreading the virus by taking certain, simple precautions.    

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a contagious viral infection of the liver that results in inflammation of the liver.  Usually, people who have contracted hepatitis C do not show any immediate symptoms and, in the absence of a medical blood test, the infection can continue unnoticed for decades.  Hepatitis C is generally considered one of the most serious hepatitis viruses.  It can be spread through contact with the blood of an infected person and therefore arises at a high rate in people sharing needles for illegal drug use. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common condition which affects the colon (large intestine).  Common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, diarrhea and/or constipation however, these are not attributable to any underlying cause.  Unlike other disorders of the intestines (eg. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome does not result in permanent damage to the tissue of the colon and it is generally a less serious condition.  The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can often be managed by altering diet, lifestyle and stress factors.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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