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Supporting Your Recovery From Rare Gastrointestinal Diseases

How Our Gastroenterologists Treat Speciality Conditions in Houston

In the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology, there are many specialty conditions, rare gastrointestinal diseases, and rare stomach diseases that require expert care.

Our goal at Digestive Health Associates (DHA) is to help our patients in Houston best understand their condition, set up a treatment plan, and help manage your condition on the path to wellness.

We treat several different types of specialty conditions that affect the entire GI tract from the esophagus to the rectum. Some of the specialty conditions we treat include Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease including Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis, dysphagia, and more conditions outlined below.

Information on Special Conditions and Diseases We Treat


Having a lower than normal amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin (an oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells), leading to low energy, weakness, and other symptoms.

Barrett’s Esophagus

The abnormal growth of stomach or small intestine cells in the esophagus, resulting from damage caused by the reflux of stomach acid; occasionally may transform into cancer.

Celiac Disease

A disease characterized by damage to the small intestine caused by an oversensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease can interfere with the proper absorption of nutrients from food.

Also known as colorectal cancer, this disease is cancer of the colon or rectum, which is located at the digestive tract’s lower end. Tumors form in the lining or walls of the intestine.

Crohn’s Disease

A chronic disease that causes swelling of the digestive tract, pain, and diarrhea.

Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)

Difficulty chewing and swallowing food. Dysphagia is extremely common after a stroke.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

A chronic immune system disease in which a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the lining of the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach (esophagus).

Esophageal Cancer

Cancer of the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach (esophagus).

Fatty Liver Disease

Common condition caused by having too much fat built up in the liver.

Gallbladder Disease

Includes inflammation, infection, stones, or blockage of the gallbladder, which is a sac located under the liver.

Gastroesophageal Reflux

A condition in which food and acid flow back into the esophagus from the stomach, causing heartburn.


Disease in which the stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion.

GI Bleed (Gastrointestinal Bleeding)

GI bleeding is a symptom of a disorder in the digestive tract where blood often appears in stool or vomit.

Helicobacter Pylori Infection

Caused by the presence of a type of bacteria that infects the stomach. It is the main cause of peptic ulcers.

IBD (Inflammatory bowel Disease)

Two disorders: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which causes the intestines to become swollen and inflamed.

Liver Cancer

A type of cancer that forms in the liver (the largest internal organ in the body located in the upper right section of your stomach) and spreads to other parts of the body.

Liver Cirrhosis

Chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure.

Pancreas Cancer

Also known as exocrine cancer, this disease is the result of cancer cells growing in the tissues of the pancreas, which is the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach.


An inflammation of the organ behind the lower part of the stomach (pancreas). Pancreatitis can be caused by gallstones and chronic, heavy alcohol use.

Peptic Ulcer Disease

A sore that develops on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine.

Small Intestine Cancer

A rare disease that occurs when cells in the tissue of the small intestine change, grow out of control, and form a mass or tumor. Also known as the small bowel, the small intestine connects the stomach to the large intestine.

Stomach Cancer

A type of cancer that occurs when cancer cells form in the lining of the stomach.

Swallowing Disorders

Difficulty swallowing foods or liquids, arising from the throat or esophagus, ranging from mild difficulty to complete and painful blockage.

Ulcerative Colitis

A chronic, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.

Viral Hepatitis (all types)

An infection that causes liver inflammation and damage. Several different viruses cause hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.