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Gastrointestinal Conditions in Dallas TX

To help you better understand your digestive disease, James Hakert, M.D. has provided information on the most common gastrointestinal (GI) conditions that he encounters in his clinics in Dallas TX and Rowlett TX below. This information and the resource links on the left side of the page are designed to give you a starting point for discussions with your Dallas TX gastroenterologist.

Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is defined by the American Gastrointestinal Association as “an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to interfere with the proper function of the small intestine.” Celiac Disease occurs when you cannot tolerate the ingestion of the protein gluten in the digestive system.

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Colorectal Cancer
Dr. Hakert will use a colonoscopy procedure to determine if a patient’s large intestine contains polyps. During this procedure, the doctor may take tissue sample and/or remove the polyp(s). You should have a colonoscopy if recommended by your physician or if you meet any of the following criteria:

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Crohn's Disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s Disease may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. It is typically found in younger patients ages 15 to 35. The disease can affect any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum and may have severe symptoms.

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach acid leaks backwards (refluxes) from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn or acid reflux.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon), and is caused by changes in how the GI tract works. People with a functional GI disorder have frequent symptoms, but the GI tract does not become damaged. IBS is not a disease; rather it is a group of symptoms that occur together.

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Peptic ulcer disease, commonly called ulcers, is very common and refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine. The ulcers erode the lining of these areas and can lead to significant pain and bleeding. The good news is that in most cases ulcers can be cured if treated properly.

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Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine (the colon) and the rectum. This disease causes inflammation of the colon's inner lining and the rectal wall, which becomes red, swollen, and ulcerated. People with Ulcerative Colitis have abnormalities of the immune system. With Ulcerative Colitis, the body’s immune system is believed to react abnormally to bacteria in the digestive tract.

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James Hakert, M.D.
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