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Signs and symptoms of digestive diseases

Constipation   Diarrhea
Constipation refers to infrequent or hard stools, or difficulty passing stools. Constipation is the passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find having a bowel movement difficult and painful.   Diarrhea is a condition in which loose, watery stools are passed more often than normal. Diarrhea is a common symptom of a gastrointestinal disturbance. Diarrhea results to loss of body fluids and salts leading to dehydration of varying severity.
Vomiting   Nausea
Vomiting (or emesis) is the forceful expulsion through the mouth of the contents of one's stomach. Vomiting is the ejection of food and other matter from the stomach through the mouth, often preceded by nausea. The act may be triggered by stimuli.   Nausea is the sensation of unease and discomfort from the stomach, with the sufferers feeling that they may vomit. Nausea is a symptom of many conditions, including motion sickness, morning sickness during pregnancy, viral infections, and other diseases.
Gas in the digestive tract   Heartburn
Gas in the digestive tract is created from swallowing air, the breakdown of certain foods by the bacteria that are present in the colon. The most common symptoms of gas are belching, flatulence, abdominal bloating and abdominal pain.   Heartburn is a burning discomfort that is generally felt in the chest just behind the breastbone. Heartburn is the most common symptom of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux. Heartburn usually is due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Signs and symptoms of digestive diseases
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Emergencies of digestive system
Liver diseases
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Diagnostic tests for digestive disorders

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