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Digestive System Disorders

Digestive System Disorders

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This lesson will investigate the causes and affects of various digestive system disorders.

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TERMS TO KNOW
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

    A disorder in which chyme backs up in the esophagus due to the lower esophageal sphincter not closing properly.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

    A genetic disorder in which the pancreas doesn't produce enzymes necessary to digest and absorb fats.

  • Lactose Intolerance

    A disorder in which the lactase enzyme is deficient so lactose cannot be digested and absorbed properly.

  • Colorectal Cancer

    Cancer of the colon or rectum.

  • Crohn's Disease

    A disorder in which the intestine and other organs become inflamed. As a result a portion of the intestine may have to be removed.

  • Cirrhosis

    Scar tissue on the liver most oftenly due to heavy alcohol consumption over time.

  • Hepatitis

    A disease that causes inflammation of the liver and can lead to malfunctioning of the liver if left untreated.