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Dr. Crane is Featured on WISH TV to Discuss Fatty Liver Diseases

October is Liver Awareness Month, and we’re chatting with Dr. Andrew Crane, of the Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology Quality Institute, about the alarming increase of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Dr. Crane says the disease affects up to 25 percent of people in the United States, and it’s a buildup of extra fat in the liver that isn’t caused by alcohol. He says it’s normal for the liver to contain some fat, but if more than 5 to 10 percent of the liver’s weight is fat, then it is called a “fatty liver.”

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Dr. Michael Morelli Featured on WISH TV: The Importance of Colonoscopies and What Age We Should Consider Getting Screened

It’s a subject many of us may not think about as often as we should. In an interview with, Tracy sat down with Dr. Michael Morelli, of Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to talk about the importance of getting a colonoscopy and at what age we should consider getting screened.

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Indy Gastro continues to provide outpatient endoscopic services at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Crawfordsville Hospital. 

Providers can request an appointment on our website or by calling (800) 403-4683.


Quality Assurance Institute

To reach our goals, Indianapolis Gastroenterology & Hepatology has established the IGH Quality Institute. The IGH Quality Institute will implement and monitor the group's quality improvement program. This program will enable IGH to measure, report, review, and improve upon the quality of care provided to all of the IGH patients. The results for 2014/15 show that IGH exceeded national benchmarks or averages in each of the following categories.

By diligently measuring, reviewing, and consistently improving upon the quality of our services, Indianapolis Gastroenterology & Hepatology will continue to work to earn your trust by providing the highest quality of care for you and your family.


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Baby boomers have reason to take hepatitis C test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

indystar-onlinelast month issued draft guidelines recommending all baby boomers be tested for hepatitis C. One in 30 people born between 1945 and 1965 is infected but doesn't know it.

Recently the number of people dying from hepatitis C has doubled. Dr. David Pound of Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology discusses the virus. 




What is Barrett's Esophagus?

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestine.


This is called intestinal metaplasia. While Barrett's esophagus may cause no symptoms itself, a small number of people with this condition develop a relatively rare but often deadly type of cancer of the esophagus called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Barrett's esophagus is estimated to affect about 700,000 adults in the United States.

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Celiac Disease: An Under-Diagnosed GI disorder?

By Dr. Lisa Bauman

It may not be easy for patients to talk about recurring problems in their bodies like chronic diarrhea or constipation, weight loss, pale stools, tingling numbness in the legs and skin rash. But it may be a sign of a condition which doctors are learning more about called celiac disease  which may explain the aforementioned issues.


Celiac disease is a hereditary immune digestive disorder that interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. It is a genetic disease that runs in families, affecting as many as one in every 133 Americans. The disease is more common in Caucasians and people of European ancestry. More than two million Americans have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, and recent studies suggest that the disease may be under-diagnosed because in some cases, Celiac disease can be silent.

Read more: Celiac Disease: An Under-Diagnosed GI disorder?

Dr. Michael Morelli Conducts Five Year Research Study

dr-morelli-conducts-five-year-studyDr. Morelli standing in front of his research project poster at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting.

The timing of the first follow up colonoscopy after a patient is diagnosed with a pre cancerous polyp is well established. It is not well known, however, exactly when a colonoscopy should be done following the first follow up or surveillance exam. Is there a way to define better how frequently patients need to have follow up colonoscopies after the first surveillance exam?

To answer this question, Dr. Michael Morelli of Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology (IGH), conducted a research study over the course of 5 years through the Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research Foundation.

Read more: Dr. Michael Morelli Conducts Five Year Research Study

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