Peter J. Kahrilas MD


Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cancer Risk

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) increases the risk of colon cancer. The amount of increased risk depends on the type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease of the colon), how much of the intestine is involved, and how long you have been ill. The cancer risk usually does not increase until…

Toxic Megacolon

Toxic megacolon is a rare but dangerous condition that occurs when the colon swells to many times its normal size. It is usually a complication of an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Severe inflammation and ulceration can weaken muscles in the colon, causing the colon to swell…

Esophagus Tests

Your esophagus is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. It moves food and liquid down to the stomach. Esophagus tests can check how well the muscles in the tube work, how strong the tube is, and the pH (acid content) of the tube. They also can find out how much gas, liquid, and solid move through the…

Types of Ulcerative Colitis

The severity of ulcerative colitis is determined by certain criteria. 1 Ulcerative colitis can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or fulminant (very severe), which may guide treatment choices. People who have mild ulcerative colitis may have: Fewer than four bowel movements (stools) a day. No bleeding or a small…

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

What is eosinophilic esophagitis? Esophagitis (say “ee-sof-uh-JY-tus”) is irritation or inflammation the esophagus. This is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. In eosinophilic (say “ee-uh-sin-uh-FILL-ick”) esophagitis, the irritation is caused by white blood cells called eosinophils in the…