What Are Digestive System Disorders?
The digestive system consists of the Alimentary Canal and various other organs of the body whose function is to support the digestive system.
The Alimentary Canal consists of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (also called the colon and bowel), rectum, and anus. Amongst the organs whose function is to support the digestive system are the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas.
We can therefore define digestive system disorders as being any medical condition or health complaint that afflicts the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (also called the colon and bowel), rectum, anus, gallbladder, liver, and/or pancreas.
Because there are so many parts of the body are included in this list, there are a very large number of digestive system disorders that can be included in this list.
Each organ of the digestive system and each section of the Alimentary Canal has specific and important roles to play in the digestion of the material we ingest. The loss of function of any of the sections of the Alimentary Canal or any of the support organs can cause serious health issues and complications, and even death.
Digestive system disorders may be classified into the following eight main categories:
Please click on the appropriate link for more detailed information on each particular digestive system disorder.