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Dr. Charles Cattano

Gastroenterology
York
41 years experience male

Locations

WellSpan Gastroenterology

York

Address

2350 Freedom Way, Suite 200, York
Directions

Fax

7177413075

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Dr. Cattano is the Immediate-Past Chief of Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center, a Johns Hopkins affiliated hospital in Annapolis, MD. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF), he has repeatedly been voted by his peers the "Top Doc in Gastroenterology" at both local and state levels. Additionally, he has enjoyed HealthTap's "Top Gastroenterologist in the Nation" ranking for many years running. Dr. Cattano is highlighted in over a dozen Who's Who directories, served as Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials, and is a longstanding member of Mensa. He completed in 1989 two fellowships simultaneously in adult gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in Metabolic Diseases at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, preceded by residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, and medical school at SUNY-Upstate in Syracuse. He has served on faculties of Duke University and University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he consults nationally in clinical gastroenterology, internationally on pharmaceutical development, and adjudicates for multiple states, the Veterans Administration, and Social Security regarding peer review and quality determinants. He loves to teach, serves on numerous speakers panels, and has contributed to leadership and health programs at the rank of Captain in the US Air Force's auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. Dr. Cattano holds active medical licenses in DE, MD, PA, NC, VA.

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Delaware, Maryland

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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
I could list dozens: ...since your symptoms are nonspecific. Perhaps as good a judge as any as to the expected duration of your illness is to identify from whom you contra... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Changed stool color: Color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), addit... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Probably okay...: There are no listed interactions with ibuprofen + gastrografin (Ref. http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1310-0,860-5675)
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Rectal dysfunction?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infecti... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Evaluation needed...: There are a lot of medical reasons for weight gain. If you are still gaining despite restricting calories & exercising (so that calories expended exce... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Doubt it...: Probiotics can help: 1) Diarrhea (gastroenteritis, antibiotic-associated, traveller's, infectious, post-pelvic radiation) 2) Atopic dermatitis 3) In... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Hard to know, but...: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc.... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Lots to consider...: "cure" depends on whether original cause for hemorrhoids/fissure persists. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunction, perform an activ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Stomach anatomy: Anatomically, the peri-gastric abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vesse... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Pains and nausea: There are lots of reasons for abdominal discomfort, and not all of them are due to the GI tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without un... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Maybe...: Your physician may have a point if the mass resolves after your morning bowel movement. However, your concern deserves at the very least a check for b... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Discharge from what?: If nasal discharge or clear phlegm, consider LPR, which may be seen with heartburn. Kindly refer to my many HealthTap answers on the subject. If not,... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Possibly very bad...: You have provided us insufficient information to determine if you just traumatized the anus, or caused actual and potentially serious damage to your r... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sa... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Anterior = in front: The mesentery is a continuous set of tissues which is formed by the double fold of peritoneum ... The colonic component of the splenic flexure occurs ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
GI=Glycemic Index: Read about it in: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/1/244S.full
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Needs emergency care: Pain as serious as you describe needs emergency evaluation and care. It may just be gas or an upset stomach...But it could be something of quite a bi... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Need reassurance: It's normal to be concerned about your health, and to worry why you feel bad. Whatever the cause, you're appropriately anxious. Further testing may ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Stomach emptying: Most people's stomachs empty at the rate of 1-2 hours after liquids, 3-6 hours after solids. Carbohydrates & proteins exit faster than fats. Large... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Lots of factors but: ...there is no guarantee that any anti-reflux treatment or procedure will prevent progression to Barrett's or its dysplastic transformation. Happily, ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort & bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, "functional"... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Hemorrhoids or not?: Are you sure you have just hemorrhoids? Bleeding from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammator... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Modify lifestyle 1st: Fatty liver occurs thru delivery of dietary fat/fatty acids to liver, excess carbohydrate, impaired export of triglyceride from liver cells, & augment... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Morning "vomiting": The longevity of symptoms argues against a mechanical problem, suggesting such entities as diabetes, atypical migraine, lung & sinus problems, &am... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Check on chest pain: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! the potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (s... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
That's a message!: If you pour alcohol over a cut on your skin, it burns, right? No surprise that if your stomach is inflamed, then pouring alcohol into it will make it ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Stop! Don't cleanse: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
White tongue: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white includ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Reconsider this Rx: Metaclopramide (Reglan) is a pro-motility agent to improve esophageal and stomach emptying. However, please read the side effect profile of this medi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Is a probiotic dairy: Probiotics put good organisms into your gut. Yakult is a branded dairy drink that contains lactobacillus ; is available over-the-counter. It needs to ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Need some tests: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expect... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Sometimes...: Black spotting may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Consider this...: If you're indicating your epigastrium (just below the ribs in the midline), then you may have peptic disease (e.g. ulcer, gerd, reflux) or contraction... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Specifics please: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your abdomen (right... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Some possibilities: ...There are lots of diseases of the stomach that can result in dyspepsia or pyrosis. These can be categorized as: problems with inflammation (e.g. Ul... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Treat the H.pylori: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. Household contacts that are co-infected (fecal-or... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Try these links...: Check Dr. Dohan's HealthTap feed in answer. Also, here a few other links that may help: www.advicenators.com/qview.php?q=580340 and http://index.healt... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Best to get checked: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Definitely,,,: Bleeding from the rectum that recurs may indicate hemorrhoids, anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation thera... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Probablythe same one: The cardia is at the top of the stomach ; the ge junction is at the bottom of the esophagus, so its sounds like your endoscopist was just being detail... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
"Best" 4 metabolism: Everyone cheats on their diet a little, but not adhering to your plan most of the time means no weight loss. Best for your metabolism are well-balance... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Histaminic reaction?: Doubt food allergy. Milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts ; peanuts cause 90 % of food allergic reactions. Up to 15 milli... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Mallory-Weiss tear?: A mallory-weiss esophageal tear may develop after vigorous retching. Brisk red bleeding however should not be ignored or dismissed. Old blood may look... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Folk remedy!: Sodium bicarbonate reduces stomach acid, but soaking in a bath with baking soda may help relieve rectal pain associated with constipation.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Is this new or not?: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Maybe okay, but...: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white in... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Please see doctor: "stomach pain" can be caused by lots of things & may indeed originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Please clarify...: ...whereby "stomach" do you mean the abdominal wall, the internal abdominal organs, the gut, associated suspensory ligaments and mesentery, etc. ??? H... Read More
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Mar 23, 2013
Dr Cattano provides thoughful, interesting, accurate and understandable responses on Healthtap. He is providing an excellent service to the public. I learn by reading his input. I recommend Dr. Catta...Read More
Apr 1, 2013
I enjoy reading Dr. Cattano's responses on HealthTap -- they teach me something every time. He's a wonderful physician and contributor here -- highly recommended!
Mar 12, 2014
A concise answer, compassion and experience is what you will get when Dr Cattano answers one of your questions. Such a great value to the HealthTap community!
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LERD seems to be getting better. I'm having a whole bunch of tests done before I retry PPIs. Was on PPIs for two weeks, and it seemed to make reflux worse but it was of non-acid variety. Actually, ...Read More
HealthTap member
mommyonthego I always end up with diarrhea and a sour burp that taste like egg.no what I do.it's more often then not. I am rarely able to have bowel movements. They are not frequent unless I get the s...Read More
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THANKS FOR RESPONDING. SINCE THE PERFORATION WAS MISSED AND IT DRAINED FOR 36 HRS, I NOW HAVE SEVERE SCAR ADHESIONS, DEVELOPED ARDS 2 DAYS AFTER ON RESPIRATOR FOR A WEEK. THEN WENT BACK IN FOR 2 LITER...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, NY
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Awards

FACP
FACG
AGAF

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