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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Early diagnosis: Bowel cancer

Early diagnosis: Bowel cancer

Dr Clare Stephens highlights the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and explains...

Red flag symptoms: Vomiting in adults

Red flag symptoms: Vomiting in adults

Dr Suchita Shah highlights the red flag symptoms associated with vomiting in adults...

Red flag symptoms - Epigastric pain

Red flag symptoms - Epigastric pain

It is vital to ensure the patient is haemodynamically stable, says Dr Roopa Jaiswal.

Red flag symptoms: Dysphagia

Red flag symptoms: Dysphagia

Advice on identifying potentially serious causes of dysphagia, clinical evaluation...

Coeliac disease - clinical review

Coeliac disease - clinical review

Diagnosis and management of coeliac disease, including typical and atypical presentations,...

Common bile duct stones - clinical review

Common bile duct stones - clinical review

The diagnosis and management of common bile duct stones, estimated to be present...

Acute epigastric pain - case study

Acute epigastric pain - case study

A presentation of acute epigastric pain in a 44-year old female patient, leading...

Crohn's disease - Clinical review

Crohn's disease - Clinical review

Diagnosing and managing this inflammatory bowel disease.

Red flag symptoms: Diarrhoea

Red flag symptoms: Diarrhoea

The red flag symptoms that indicate potentially serious causes of diarrhoea in adults.

Primary biliary cirrhosis: case study

Primary biliary cirrhosis: case study

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

Coeliac disease: hot topic

Coeliac disease: hot topic

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

Case study: Managing PPI-resistant GORD

Case study: Managing PPI-resistant GORD

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

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