Digestive Disorders Screening Quizzes

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents reflux back up into the esophagus.

A few heartburn facts:

  • More than 60 million American adults suffer from heartburn at least once a month, and about 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn on a daily basis.
  • Approximately 94 percent of sufferers can link their heartburn symptoms to specific foods.
  • 80 percent of heartburn sufferers report symptoms at night. 75 percent of heartburn sufferers say nighttime heartburn awakens them during the night, or prevents them from sleeping. 40 percent say that their nighttime heartburn symptoms affects their ability to work the next day.
  • Heartburn is more common among the elderly, as well as among pregnant women.

Do you think you suffer from GERD? Take this GERD screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your doctor.

This screening quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool. This quiz should be used for informational purposes only. You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about your health.

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Infant Reflux Screening Quiz

Many babies have spitting up problems that don't require treatment. Referred to as "happy spitters," their symptoms usually disappear after six to eight months. For some infants, however, their symptoms are a sign of something more serious, and they need medical attention.

The doctor will be able to tell you if the reflux is normal spitting up, or a chronic problem that needs medical treatment, and give you advice on the best treatment for your baby.

Do you think your baby has infant reflux? Take this Infant reflux screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your baby's doctor.

This screening quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool. This quiz should be used for informational purposes only. You should discuss with your baby's doctor any concerns you have about your baby's health.

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Hiatal Hernia Screening Quiz

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm, and up into the chest. This opening is called the esophageal hiatus or diaphragmatic hiatus.

There are two categories of hiatal hernias: The sliding hiatal hiatal and the para-esophageal hiatal hernia. For more info on those, this article on Hiatal Hernias can help!

The sliding hiatal hernia

Sliding hiatal hernias are those in which the gastro-esophageal junction and part of the stomach slides into the chest. This junction can stay permanently in the chest, or just slide into the chest during swallowing.

The para-esophageal hiatal hernia

With para-esophageal hernias, the gastro-esophageal junction remains where it belongs, but part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus.

These hernias remain in the chest at all times. With this type of hernia, complications can occur, such as incarceration and strangulation. Incarceration means the hernia is stuck and being squeezed. Strangulation results from the lack of blood supply, leading to death of the tissues involved, when incarceration persists too long. Surgical intervention is required. This article on para-esophageal hiatal hernias will give you more information.

Do you think you have a hiatal hernia?

Take this hiatal hernia screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your doctor.

This screening quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool. This quiz should be used for informational purposes only. You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about your health.

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Peptic Ulcer Screening Quiz

A peptic ulcer is an area of the stomach or duodenal (the first part of the small intestine) lining that becomes eroded by the stomach acid. Known individually as stomach and duodenal ulcers, collectively they are known as peptic ulcers. Do you think you are suffering from an ulcer? Take this Peptic Ulcer screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your doctor.

Do you think you suffer from a peptic ulcer? Take this peptic ulcer screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your doctor.

This screening quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool. This quiz should be used for informational purposes only. You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about your health.

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