Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Unit

Most patients with swallowing difficulties, reflux symptoms, abdominal pain, constipation or incontinence do not have cancer, infection or inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Rather these symptoms are caused by abnormal function or heightened sensitivity of the bowel. These problems are only rarely life-threatening but cause pain and discomfort, interfere with work and impact severely on quality of life.
The aim of our research and clinical work at the functional GI disorders unit is to acquire accurate measurements of gastrointestinal function that provide a clear explanation for symptoms and guide effective medical and surgical management.

The University Hospital Zurich has an international reputation for innovation in the measurement of gastrointestinal function and sensitivity. A full range of state-of-the-art techniques are available, many of which have been developed and introduced into clinical practice by researchers working in our unit.

We work closely with specialist surgeons, expert physiotherapists and psychologists to develop and deliver new treatment options for individual patients suffering from functional bowel disorders.

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