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Dr. Keegan Duchicela

family medicine
San Jose, CA
15 years experience male

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Bio

After attending high school at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton, Dr. Keegan Duchicela graduated Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Sociology. He completed medical school at the University of California San Francisco and then pursued specialty training in Family Medicine at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. He currently precepts residents in the San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program.

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family medicine

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Stick to whole fruit: I'm not a fan of juicing (pulverizing fruits and veggies into liquid). One of the best things about whole fruit and veggies is the insoluble fiber. ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Fluvoxin: Fluvoxamine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It's used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and panic disorder. There are ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Hemorrhoids: If you're young and otherwise healthy, constipation can bring on hemorrhoids (piles) and bleeding. If, after increasing your fruits and veggies, wate... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Head cold: I have a regimen i like to use whenever i get a head cold - Ibuprofen 200-400mg 3x/day with food, some decongestants (sudafed), nasal saline irrigatio... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
No interactions: There are no documented interactions for the brand names of those particular drugs. Both are used in asthma and COPD exacerbations. Although, one of... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Weight loss: Unfortunately, exercise by itself won't reduce fat. In fact, certain exercise can cause you to be more hungry, eat more and gain weight (although it ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Vaginal bleeding: A pregnancy test is the first step. If negative, vaginal bleeding like this can be a variety of things including fibriods, endometriosis, dysfunction... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Movements in abdomen: If you're really concerned about pregnancy, it's sometimes helpful to do another test 1 week after the first one to confirm. If still negative, it ca... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Even: Even a small decrease in salt intake can lower your chances of heart attack or stroke.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Hirschsprung: Hirschsprung disease is a condition that in which a baby is missing the nerve cells in the last part of the colon, resulting in constipation and belly... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine) side effect: Side effects include: itching, hives, fast heartbeat, drowsiness, lightheadedness, nausea, diarrhea... It's a long list.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Discharge: A yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis infection can cause your symptoms. So can a sexually transmitted infection. A yeast infection can be trea... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: It could be plantar fasciitis. It could also be a tight achilles tendon. Usually we treat plantar fasciitis with nsaids, ice, good arch support, and... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Getting: Getting a bad aftertaste with fish oil capsules? Try swallowing them frozen.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Depends on cause: Stomach ache can have many causes - for example, it can be infectious (goes along with your fever), like a viral gastroenteritis. Stomach bug symptom... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Some thoughts...: Pain in the upper part of the stomach or just under the ribs can be caused by gastritis (stomach irritation) reflux or heartburn; usually from spicy o... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Breast pain: Breast pain or soreness during pregnancy can happen throughout the breast or in just one part of the breast. Some pregnant women don't have sore brea... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Lump on elbow: One thing that comes to mind is a bursitis. This is an inflammation of the bursa - a small fluid filled sack that lines some joints. The bursa can g... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
When: When increasing your fiber intake, make sure to drink lots of water or constipation may occur.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Edema: It depends on what the edema is from and where it is. Swelling from trauma or injury can be helped by ice and wrapping with an ace-wrap. If it's you... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Ear fungus: First, he should make sure it's really fungus. Could just be a lot of wax? Or maybe a bacterial infection? His doctor can do a "culture" and see fo... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Thoughts..: Because there was intercourse so close in time - it will be close to impossible to guess whose baby it will be. However, if this happened only 2 days... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Weight gain: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If n... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Prediabetic: Having a fasting sugar of 100-125 puts you in the "prediabetic range" , meaning you are at higher risk of developing diabetes over the next few years.... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Height: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Barring any nutritional deficiencies or illnesses as a child, this is largely a function ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Bruising: Usually, discoloration like this is due from bruising from injury. The injury doesn't have to be that painful and it could've happened 1-2 days befor... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Thoughts...: They could be cysts, varicoceles, hydroceles, spermatoceles. The length of time makes it less likely cancer, but every concerning testicular mass sho... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Sleep and eat well: People often underestimate the valve of getting a good night sleep and a healthy diet (low sugar/high fiber). Add in daily aerobic exercise and it's ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Gastritis: Other than avoiding caffeine, heavy, large, spicy meals, medicines like ranitidine and Omeprazole are sometimes used during pregnancy.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Boot or cast: Boots or casts are usually reserved for fractures, ligament tears, post-op recovery, or really bad strains. If you think you might have a fracture or... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Birth control option: Talk with your doctor about different options. If you don't want to take a daily pill, there is the Depo-Provera shot, the iud, the implanon, the pat... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Scratchy throat: I think of things like lingering viral illness, post-nasal drip, gastrointestinal reflux. More uncommon things include eosinophilic esophagitis, mali... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Late period: Late period can happen for many reasons including pregnancy, stress, new medicines, and many more. If pregnancy test is negative, talk to your doctor... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Stomach pain: Irritation of the stomach (gastritis) could sometimes feel like upper abdomen pain. It could also be an ulcer or gallbladder disease. There's a refle... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Nosebleeds: Some people are just more susceptible to nose bleeds. The tissue in their noses is more friable, easily damaged from things like trauma or dry air. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Time for checkup...: First things first, you should have a thorough checkup looking for things like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol - all which can affect perf... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Dry cough: When i see a dry cough in clinic, and there's no clear infectious source like bronchitis, pneumonia or other type of viral illness, i start to look fo... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Fiber and water: Usually with gastroenteritis, people have diarrhea. But if you're stopped up, fiber + water is one of the best ways to have a bowel movement. Insolub... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Thoughts...: If you haven't been thoroughly evaluated yet - getting h.Pylori testing or being seen by a gastroenterologist - now might be the time. They might rec... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Uvula: It's common to see red veins on the uvula. Unless it's swollen, painful or there's other associated symptoms, then i like to tell my patients not to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Head injury: With head injuries, doctors usually want to know if there was any loss of consciousness, continued headache past a certain amount of time, any vomitin... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Some thoughts...: I'd try to pay attention to what foods you are eating. Some people's stomachs just can't handle certain foods, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol etc. A... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Fresh skin: Use a broad spectrum sunscreen, a gentle liquid cleanser up to twice a day (assuming it doesn't dry out your skin). If your skin is dry you can apply... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Red blood cells: It's hard to give detailed response b/c it's unclear if you're concerned about the red blood cells, kidneys, or hepatitis (or all 3!) however, there ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
EEG: Interictal epileptiform discharges happen in people withdrawing from benzos, have uremia, very low calcium, high levels of lithium, bupropion, and tri... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Superficial bugs: Superficial bacteria and viruses can be transferred from the plastic part of the pixel laser from one person to another. This would be the same as if... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Spotting: Vaginal bleeding like this can be caused by fibriods, endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, or even pelvic inflammatory disease. Usually you... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Type of pain: Talk to your doctor about the type of pain you're having. There are anti-inflammatories, narcotics, pain medicines that are specific for nerve pain. ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Yes.: People with neuropathy may have trouble sensing temperature, and this can be a setup for problems because they don't know their skin is getting too ho... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Spotting: Yes, spotting/bleeding can happen as a result of a pelvic examination. It can also be from implantation, from an ectopic or from a miscarriage. It c... Read More
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Nov 4, 2012
Dr. Keegan Duchicela is both helpful and reassuring in his answers. He gives good information that gets members head in the right direction.
Dr. Duchicela has a great spectrum of valuable, accurate medical knowledge.
I have enjoyed reading Dr. Duchicela's answers and learning from him.
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Thank you! I had an electrolyte check before when spasms were bad, anemia and thyroid are ruled out through bloodwork as well. I'll keep communicating with my doc and take note of anything that helps/...Read More
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Thank you for answering my question do promptly. My baby is 11 months and I have really enjoyed nursing her, as I did her two older sisters. It is sometime hard to stay on track with diet and exerci...Read More
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Thx Dr. D. I chronic pain is not only slow going but progressive because rx's r only temporary as I'm sure u well know. I am continually searching for new ideas. I'm going to check into some accupunct...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

O'CONNOR HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, San Jose, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, San Jose, CA - Winter
2013
Top Family Physician, Third Place, California - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Stanford University
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