Dr. Constance Pietrzak, MD

Dr. Constance Pietrzak, MD, Health Professional

Constance Pietrzak, M.S., M.D., is a gastroenterologist with Advocate Medical Group in Chicago. Through her work with HealthCentral, she strives to expand knowledge on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Follow Constance on Facebook and Twitter for timely updates on IBD, and more.

How IBD Therapy is Changing

There continue to be advances in the way IBD is treated. Here’s a progress report based on presentations at the recent Digestive Disease Week Conference.
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GERD Treatment Options

Gastroesophageal reflux is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus, which can cause symptoms or other complications, such as damage to the lining of the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, coughing, throat clearin...
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Lifestyle Changes for People with GERD

Most patients will require long-term medical therapy to treat GERD. However, lifestyle modifications alone may result in the resolution of symptoms in some people.
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Constipation as a Symptom of IBD

Constipation refers to the passage of less than three stools per week, often associated with abdominal bloating, pain, hard stool, and straining. In patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (...
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Do You Know the Different Types of UC?

Ulcerative colitis (UC) causes inflammation that can affect different parts of the colon. Here are the terms used to distinguish the different types of UC.
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Understanding Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a disorder where reflux into the esophagus causes symptoms or damage to the lining of the esophagus. Learn which factors may contribute to this condition.
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Identifying Constipation in IBD Patients

One major challenge in managing patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is differentiating symptoms or flares with those symptoms due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Constipation, a symptom more frequently associated with IBS, can occur in ...
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