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Digestive System Disorders

Digestive System Disorders

Author: Aaron Mullally

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

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Terms to Know

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

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.

Cystic Fibrosis

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

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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


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

Lactose Intolerance

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