15.2 Digestive Problems

Digestive problems are common in general practice, and the GP has a central role in the diagnosis and management of digestive problems in primary care. This RCGP curriculum statement covers conditions of the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and perianal area.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Primary biliary cirrhosis: case study

Primary biliary cirrhosis: case study

A case of primary biliary cirrhosis discovered during routine liver function tests,...

Red flag symptoms: Vomiting in adults

Red flag symptoms: Vomiting in adults

Red flag symptoms associated with vomiting in adults that may indicate a serious...

Crohn's disease - Clinical review
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Crohn's disease - Clinical review

Diagnosing and managing this inflammatory bowel disease.

Coeliac disease: hot topic

Coeliac disease: hot topic

GPs have a vital role in diagnosing coeliac disease, according to the latest NICE...

Red flag symptoms: Dysphagia

Red flag symptoms: Dysphagia

Differentiate a harmless sensation from a serious condition.

Case study: Managing PPI-resistant GORD

Case study: Managing PPI-resistant GORD

Combined behaviourial therapy and medication are essential, write Dr Neel Sharma,...

Childhood constipation

Childhood constipation

Dr Samar Razaq discusses the management of a child with worsening constipation.

Domperidone made prescription-only in MHRA ruling

Domperidone made prescription-only in MHRA ruling

Domperidone for nausea and vomiting is now available only on prescription, after...

Red flag symptoms: Diarrhoea, investigations and when to refer

Red flag symptoms: Diarrhoea, investigations and when to refer

Treatment depends on the patient's age and the timeline of events.

Clinical review of ulcerative colitis: epidemiology, diagnosis and management
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Clinical review of ulcerative colitis: epidemiology, diagnosis and management

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory bowel disorder....

Drug watchdog restricts domperidone use over side-effects

Drug watchdog restricts domperidone use over side-effects

GPs should not prescribe domperidone for bloating or heartburn, the drug regulator...

Coeliac disease - clinical review

Coeliac disease - clinical review

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically...

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