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Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

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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.

Latest by Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

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The 10 Most Common Hepatitis C Questions—Answered

All the expert-vetted info you need to live your best life with hep C.

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There Are New Guidelines for Hep C. Should You Get Tested?

Experts have rewritten the rules about screening for this chronic condition. Here’s why it’s such a good idea to get tested now.

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Have You Mastered This Mindfulness Skill?

Turns out, mindfulness practices could do your body just as much good as they do your brain.

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Symptoms

Is it Acid Reflux…or Stomach Cancer?

Their symptoms seem to mimic each other, but don’t get it twisted—there are some clear cut differences between GERD and stomach cancer.

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Complications

The Crohn’s Complication You Need to Know About: Short Bowel Syndrome

Between 10,000 and 20,000 Americans are living with short bowel syndrome. Here's what you should know.

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Is It IBS or Something Else?

Your gut could be telling you a lot. Read on to learn how to decipher its clues.

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All Your Hepatitis C Treatment Questions, Answered

Is hep C curable? Which treatment is best? What about side effects? Get the scoop on these and other common questions.

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Doctor & Patient

10 Top Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Ulcerative Colitis

You walk into the exam room and greet your GI. You know you had a million questions, but now your mind’s gone blank. Use this crib sheet to get the info you need.

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Ask the Gastro: 10 Things to Know About Gas and Bloating

Settle your worries and your stomach - our expert gastroenterologist weighs on how to beat the bloat.

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Risk Factors

Do You Know Your Risk Factors for Ulcerative Colitis?

While we don’t know exactly what causes UC, we do know some of the main risk factors for developing it — and knowing your risk factors can help you take control of your health and your future.