Dr. Elinor Zhou is a gastroenterologist who provides care for general digestive disorders including colon
cancer screening and prevention, GERD, dyspepsia, altered bowel
habits and abdominal pain.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy offers a top rated team of surgeons, dedicated to advanced treatments of common and complex foot and ankle disorders.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The doctors of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy specialize in conditions of the digestive tract. When patients have abdominal discomfort, a disaccharidase analysis may help explain the cause of symptoms when other tests are inconclusive.
Disaccharidases are enzymes (lactase, maltase, sucrose and palatinase) in the small bowel that break down complex sugars (like lactose, maltose and sucrose) into simple sugars (like glucose) for digestion. Deficiencies in one or more of these enzymes can results in a wide range of gastrointestinal symptoms. Disaccharidase deficiency may be congenital or acquired. Disaccharidase analysis is performed by taking a tissue sample from the small bowel to detect deficiencies or inflammation.
Our clinicians will perform an endoscopy under anesthesia. A thin, flexible tube known as an endoscope is passed through the mouth to the closest potion of the small bowel where a small sample of bowel tissue will be collected. Laboratory testing is then performed to detect any deficiencies. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning patients will go home after the test and a hospital stay is not typically required.
Disaccharidase analysis is considered the “gold standard” in testing to determine these types of deficiencies. Tissue samples are obtained fairly easily and test results can be very helpful in creating a treatment plan.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Matilda Hagan, a dedicated IBD specialist, serves as Medical Co-Director of The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy.
A patient of a team of Mercy doctors shares his struggle with achalasia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult.