Useful Feeding Medical Terms

Antroduodenal manometry is a test to measure how well the muscles and nerves in the stomach and small intestine work.

Applied behavior analysis is a science that is concerned with what children and caregivers do and say in an attempt to understand the function or purpose of the child's behavior, Learn more.

Behavioral psychology or behaviorism is the theory or doctrine that human or animal psychology can be accurately studied only through the examination and analysis of objectively observable and quantifiable behavioral events, in contrast with subjective mental states.

Biobehavioral is the application of biological methods and ideas to the study of behavior in an attempt to understand emotions and reactions in terms of brain and physiological function.

Dysphagia (pronounced dis-fey-juh) is a condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful.

Esophageal manometry is a study performed to evaluate the pressure of the esophagus in various stages along its length.

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine where the digestive system and its disorders are studied.

Gastroesophageal (pronounced gas-tro-ih-sah-fuh-jee-ul) reflux disease, or GERD, a disorder that results from stomach acid moving backward from the stomach into the esophagus.

Gastrointestinal motility disorders, often called GI disorders, are a wide variety of digestive disorders affecting the movement of food through the digestive system.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy, often called GI endoscopy, is a test using a flexible fiberoptic tube with a tiny TV camera at the end that allows a doctor to see the inside lining of the digestive tract.

Interdisciplinary means combining or involving two or more academic disciplines or fields of study that are usually considered distinct.

Percutaneious endo-scopic gastrostomy (often called PEG) is the procedure for placing a gastric feeding tube into the stomach through the abdominal wall.

pH probe is a study to find out if acid from the stomach is coming up into the esophagus.

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