Table of Contents

1. Heartburn, regurgitation and non-cardiac chest pain
2. Difficulty swallowing and pain on swallowing
3. Hiccups, sore mouth and bad breath
4. Acute abdominal pain
5. When to test for Helicobacter pylori and what to do with a positive test
6. Indigestion (chronic epigastric pain or meal-related discomfort)
7. Chronic lower abdominal pain or discomfort
8. Wind and gas
9. Nausea and vomiting
10. Vomiting blood, black stools, blood per rectum, occult bleeding
11. Constipation
12. Perianal pain
13. Acute diarrhoea
14. Chronic diarrhoea and fatty stools
15. Inflammatory bowel disease
16. Faecal incontinence (leakage of stool)
17. Loss of appetite and loss of weight
18. Food allergies and intolerance
19. Palpable asymptomatic abdominal masses
20. Abdominal distension
21. Lumps in the groin and hernia
22. Rectal/perianal mass and colorectal cancer
23. Jaundice and pruritus
24. Abnormal liver function test results
25. Management of end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation
26. Abdominal incidentalomas
27. Obesity and anti-obesity medical and surgical management
28. Patient preparation and principles of sedation in gastrointestinal endoscopy

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About the author

Nicholas Talley

Affiliations and Expertise

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research, University of Newcastle, Australia Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Chair-Elect, Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) Hon. Treasurer, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Senior Staff Specialist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia Adjunct Professor and Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina, NC, USA Foreign Guest Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden