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Why Go to a Gastroenterologist?

Your gut health is instrumental in your overall health and well-being. However, your digestive system includes the gastrointestinal tract (a long tube measuring around 15 feet), the pancreas, the liver, bile ducts and the gallbladder. With all those moving parts, a lot can go wrong.

That is where a gastroenterologist steps in. A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders and diseases, treating all of the organs in your digestive system. But how do you know if your digestive discomfort or unusual symptoms are just passing through or could be serious?

Take one–or all three–of our digestive quizzes to help determine when your seemingly common gastrointestinal symptoms may need the attention of a gastroenterologist.

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