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Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the disorders of the digestive system. The doctor that specializes in gastroenterology is a gastroenterologist.
Some of the common tests that gastroenterologists use to diagnose digestive disorders are a colonoscopy (flexible camera that used to examine the rectum and lower bowel for disease), stool tests, endoscopy (flexible camera that goes down the throat to examine the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine), and barium swallows (special x-ray that is done after swallowing a special liquid) to name a few.
Some common conditions that gastroenterologists treat are stomach pain, bleeding in the stomach, colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, hernias, ulcers, and hepatitis, to name a few.