Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy treat a variety of conditions including gallbladder disease, gallstones, hernia, colon cancer and GERD.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Dysphagia can be caused by different esophageal disorders. At The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy, Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Dr. Scott Huber use advanced techniques to diagnose the reason for dysphagia as well as provide advanced treatment options for patients who have trouble swallowing.
Dysphagia, known as a swallowing disorder, causes trouble swallowing or painful swallowing. Achalasia, GERD, esophageal cancer, eosinophilic esophagitis, and esophageal-motility disorders can cause dysphagia. In addition, dysphagia can be caused by nervous system disorders or head and spinal cord injuries.
Dysphagia is classified into two categories depending on the location in which the trouble swallowing originates:
Symptoms of dysphagia include reflux, heartburn, pain while swallowing, the feeling food is stuck in the throat, coughing, or gagging.
Dysphagia can be diagnosed by conducting:
Dysphagia treatment options are determined according to the category of dysphagia. Oropharyngeal dysphagia is treated by focusing on the underlying condition that is weakening the nerves and muscles used to swallow. Treatment options for esophageal dysphagia include medication for GERD, surgery to remove tumors, or stretching of the narrow passages.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Serving as Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology at Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Michael Cox is a gastroenterologist with Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
When cancer runs in your family, it is hard to avoid. Certain foods, supplements and a balanced diet may help reduce your risks.