GI Disorders For Nurse Practitioner Students Part I

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This is part 1 of 3 of GI disorders nurse practitioner students and new NPs.  This video is helpful for both family nurse practitioner (FNP) and adult-gero primary care (AGNP) nurse practitoner students.  You can use ReNursing Edu videos and blogs to help you with your NP board exams or while you’re still in NP school. This tutorial is perfect for nurse practitioner students taking the AGNP or FNP board exam!

If you want to watch the video, click on the video above, but if you want a quick overview of the GI disorders covered, continue to read on below.

GI disorders video timestamps:

Intro: 00:00 – 00:56

GERD: 00:57 – 06:35

Peptic ulcer disease: 06:37 – 11:40

Cholecystitis: 11:44 – 15:01

GI Disorder #1: Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents leak backward from the stomach into the esophagus. This reflux can cause heartburn and other symptoms.

GERD is a more serious and long-lasting form of gastroesophageal reflux. GERD is common in infants, children, and adults. Most people experience GERD at some time, usually after eating. GERD is one of the most common GI disorders you’ll encounter in a primary care setting.

GERD can occur at any age, but it is most common in overweight, pregnant people or who have had stomach or esophagic surgery.

Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, coughing, and trouble swallowing.

GERD can be treated with lifestyle changes, over-the-counter (OTC), prescription medications, or surgery.

GI Disorder #2: Peptic Ulcer Disease

A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. Peptic ulcers can occur at any age, but they’re more common in adults.

There are two types of peptic ulcers:

Gastric ulcers: These ulcers form on the lining of your stomach.

Duodenal ulcers: These ulcers form on the upper part of your small intestine, called the duodenum.

Most peptic ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection (H. Pylori) or by long-term use of certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Stress and spicy foods do not cause peptic ulcers but can worsen them.

Symptoms of peptic ulcers include:

Burning pain in your stomach between meals

GI Disorder #3: Cholecystitis

The gallbladder is a small organ that stores bile made by the liver. The gallbladder is located under the liver. Bile made by the liver helps the body break down fats.

Cholecystitis is a medical condition that occurs when the gallbladder becomes inflamed. This can be a result of a bacterial infection, a blockage in the bile duct, or other medical conditions. Symptoms of gallbladder inflammation include pain in the upper right abdomen, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Treatment for this condition typically includes antibiotics and pain relief medication. Surgery may also be necessary in some cases.

These are some of the common GI disorders that you’ll see on your NP board review. There are many more GI disorders to know, so that’s why there are two more videos in the series coving other GI conditions. GI Disorders part II covers the hepatitis family. You can watch the video here:

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