Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology

Around the world, 80% of your diseases are related to your food and digestion.  

Genetic testing for Gastroenterology can help you in the most precise diagnosis of symptoms associated with the digestive system. With the advancement of technology and also the availability of better methods and not to forget the decreased cost, these tests are performed to arrive at the right decision early. 

Gastroenterology is that branch of medicine which deals with diseases, disorders, and abnormalities related to the stomach and the intestines. It involves both medical and surgical treatment of the diseases. 

Gastroenterology includes medical treatment of the following parts of the body: Pharynx, Esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, salivary glands, tongue, epiglottis, rectum, and anus. 

Gastroenterology lays emphasis on:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to  the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas

  • pancreatic disease

  • transplantation

  • inflammatory bowel disease, or chronic inflammation of your digestive tract

  • gastrointestinal cancer

  • endoscopic surveillance

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease


Genetic testing for Gastroenterological disorders is essential for the following reasons

  • It provides information about hereditary factors accountable for Gastroenterology disorders.

  • It helps in precise diagnosis of the Gastroenterology disorder.

  • It helps in initiating effective treatment plan for the patients.

  • It also helps in deciding the success rate of the treatment for the disorder, by providing a clear picture of the level of severity of the disorder.

  • It also gives information about the healing mechanism of the patient.

  • It provides details about the type of treatment the patient will respond to.

  • It helps in identifying transmittable gastroenterology diseases.

When does a doctor advise genetic testing in Gastroenterological disorders?

A doctor may advise the patient to go for genetic testing to know facts about the genetic conditions, family history related to digestive system problems. He may ask for genetic testing to diagnose the severity of the disease and to find out numerous risks related to the disease. Genetic testing related to digestive system disorders also help in the proper prognosis of the disorder and to assess the success rate of the treatment and chances of relapse related to it. The most common referral reasons for genetic testing in Gastroenterology are:

  • Patients presenting common symptoms of Gastroenterological disease.

  • People having a family background of diseases related to the digestive system.

  • People are also referred for genetic testing even if they do not have a family history of kidney or renal diseases, but display symptom related to kidney or renal system disease.

  • People with no symptoms but a suspected family history of Gastroenterological diseases. 

  • To find the exact reason for the medical problems related to the digestive system.

  • To estimate the success rate and assess the healing mechanism in response to treatment.