Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Page! With one of the largest group of digestive disease specialists in the world, Mayo Clinic has been recognized as the nation's best Gastroenterology & GI Surgery hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
Follow the page to read shared experiences, learn about clinical trials and up-to-date research, and find resources for all your gastroenterology needs. Our goal is to connect you to others, and become informed decision makers; so post a comment, share your story, own your health.

Aug 8, 2017

The 'Pros' of Probiotics: Dr. Joseph Murray on Mayo Clinic Radio

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Did you know that your digestive tract is teeming with trillions of bacteria? In fact, there are a greater number of bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in your body! Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in [...]
Jul 10, 2017

Brandon Street's Patient Story

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Originally posted on Sharing Mayo Clinic and the Sharing Mayo Clinic print publication. At 6 feet 4 inches tall and more than 200 pounds, Brandon Street could easily be described as “big.” In high school, his nickname was “The Big Street.” When this active young man who enjoyed playing sports [...]
Jul 7, 2017

Does Celiac Disease Contribute to Other Autoimmune Diseases?

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., addresses a question posted by a member on Mayo Clinic Connect: Are there any proven links between mesenteric panniculitis and other autoimmune diseases I have, such as celiac disease or small fiber neuropathy? Mesenteric Panniculitis is a rare inflammatory disease that affects the subcutaneous adipose tissue of the [...]
Jul 1, 2017

When Your Diagnoses of Celiac Disease is in Question

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Blood tests for celiac disease are usually accurate, but what does it mean when there is a discrepancy between biopsies suggesting celiac disease, but blood tests are negative? In response to a question from a Mayo Clinic Connect member, Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., explains that there may be other conditions that can cause [...]
Jun 30, 2017

FDA Approves Biosimilar to Humira

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
The FDA recently approved a biosimilar (trade name, Amjevita) to Humira (adalimumab). A biosimilar is a biological product that is highly similar to the originator drug, and has no clinical differences in terms of safety and effectiveness. Dr. Edward Loftus , M.D., talks about the potential of this drug to offer patients with chronic inflammatory diseases such [...]
Jun 26, 2017

Mayo Clinic Dietitian Weighs in on Diet and the Celiac Patient

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
The only current treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. The Internet can be a great help, but can also be a source of confusion and misinformation. In this Q and A discussion, Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., and Jacalyn See, clinical dietitian, talk about the benefits of [...]
Jun 22, 2017

The Oats Conundrum

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
A plethora of questions surrounds patients with celiac disease, regarding the consumption of oats while following a gluten-free diet. Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., and Jacalyn See, clinical dietitian, take an in-depth look and discuss some of the misconceptions about oats and the celiac patient. Points to consider: In response to numerous queries [...]
Jun 16, 2017

Can Oral Contraceptives Worsen Crohn's Disease?

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
A new study, published in Gastroenterology, suggests that long-term use of combination oral contraceptives may increase the risk for surgery among women with established Crohn’s disease. The research team evaluated the association between oral contraceptives and risk for Crohn’s disease complications, including need for surgery and steroid use. They found [...]
Jun 16, 2017

Ultra-short Celiac Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Celiac disease primarily affects the small intestine, which is about 25 feet long. When celiac disease affects the duodenal bulb, the topmost part of the duodenum, it is diagnosed as ultra-short celiac disease. A recent study, published in Gastroenterology, found that a single biopsy of the duodenal bulb significantly increases [...]
Jun 1, 2017

The Gluten-Free Diet: A Practical Look

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Celiac disease is a global disease, and currently the only available treatment is a gluten-free diet. In the developed world there are a lot of resources for people with celiac disease who need to be on a gluten-free diet, but it is still a substantial challenge. As celiac disease is being [...]
May 30, 2017

The Gluten ELISA Test Kit

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
If you have celiac disease, you may rely on commercial test kits for detecting gluten in food. But how reliable are these test kits for gluten detection? Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., evaluates the ELISA test kits, based upon a study published in Cereal Chemistry. The team of researchers who set [...]
May 25, 2017

CCFA to Study Impact of Specific Diets on Crohn's Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
One of the first questions that people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have is, "What can I eat, and will changing my diet help with the symptoms or even cure my disease?"  The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has been given $2.5 million to investigate the value of a carbohydrate-rich [...]
May 21, 2017

Know Your Lectins

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Recent media have suggested that lectins, found in legumes and grains, can be toxic to one’s gut, and may even lead to autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's disease and celiac disease. Jacalyn See, clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic debunks this myth and explains why we shouldn’t eliminate this nutritious carbohydrate-binding [...]
May 15, 2017

Genetics and Celiac Disease - Who is at Risk?

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
Genetic predisposition plays a key role in celiac disease (CD), and that could mean as many as a third of the population  are genetically at risk! The great majority however, never get celiac disease. Dr. Joseph Murray explains the results of a recent study that delves deeper into finding the various [...]
May 6, 2017

The Pathways to Celiac Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator @kanaazpereira
What are the pathways that lead to celiac disease? Although celiac disease is characterized by damage to the small intestine, the actual process is quite complicated. In a recent paper published in Gastroenterology, Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., examines the mechanism that leads to tissue destruction during the progression of celiac disease. [...]