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

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Coventry Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

HealthPartners

UnitedHealthcare

USAA Insurance

Medicare

Medicaid

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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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Dose limit exceeded: Drug dosing is set by studies to establish the safest, most effective amount of medication for each indication treated. Short of toxic dosing, too muc... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
UGI is pretty safe: Upper GI series x-rays esophagus, stomach & upper small intestine after you drink a chalky solution to coat the lining along with fizzies to distend t... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Good luck!: You sound like someone who values his/her health. Stay active, but be careful you don't push your body to the point of injury. Get plenty of rest betw... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Tricks to help GERD: Over 70 million americans have gerd, and most will benefit from acid blocker medications. Behavior and diet can help by minimizing dietary fats and ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Ulcer may be serious: If you really have an ulcer in your stomach (found by x-ray or endoscopy) please don't self-medicate without a doctor's advice. Ulcers can bleed (some... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
IBS-D cures: As a syndrome, ibs likely represents a number of diseases that manifest with the same GI symptoms. As such, lots of different ibs-d treatments work, b... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Some questions: Bony, musculoskeletal, or originating in the abdomen/pelvis? Duration and intensity of symptoms? Severity of distress? What testing have you had an... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Mucus with stool: Additional to dr. Heller's comments, "white poop" may reflect a coating of mucus. Patients often report to me seeing mucus as white stringy material ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Feeling gassy & full: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Second ulcer serious: If you've had surgery to correct a perforated ulcer, and you now have recurrent ulcer symptoms refractory to full-dose prilosec, please seek medical a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Test for high LFT's: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts. Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Zantac (ranitidine) dosedependent: Zantac (ranitidine) in doses less than 100mg (otc dosing is 75mg) effectively inhibits basal and nighttime acid output by the stomach. However, food-... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Sounds serious !: I interpret a "sex related injury" per your physician to mean traumatic or infectious issue(s). Both, or either alone, can be very serious and progre... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
= Endstage GERD: Barrett's esophagus is not something to play around with! barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd. Barrett's patien... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Not having diarrhea: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Food allergies: Milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts ; peanuts cause 90 % of food allergic reactions. Up to 15 million americans suffer ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Can die from schisto: Chronic schistosomiasis is the inflammatory response caused by schistosome eggs carried to liver by way of portal circulation, or that reach the lungs... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Child retains stool: Assuming hirshprung's has been ruled out, her behavior may be a "control" thing. But, the longer she holds it in, the drier & harder it gets, & it hur... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Not recommended: As reputable & knowledgable about herbs as this store owner may appear to be, in all probability she doesn't know as much about crohn's as your physic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Belly-button pain: Belly-button (umbilical) pain may originate locally due to infection or herniation, or be "referred" from another abdominal location like the appendix... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Sudden lactose intol: Defects in lactose absorption can be acquired (due to inflammatory conditions of the intestine*) or congenital. Adult lactase deficiency (hypolactasia... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Don't use cleansers!: 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 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Endometriosis of gut: Most GI doctors consider endometriosis in women with complaints of chronic discomfort. Crampy, nonpelvic pain can be seen in extensive endometriosis, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Reading food labels: "best before" typically refers to the preservation of optimal taste and texture of the food, while "use by" has more to do with its expiration. Expir... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Oh yes...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Maybe a better way: Experts suggest the following measures for reducing fatigue and recharging energy: 1) Add some exercise; 2) Treat sleep troubles (as warranted: cogni... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Easy Upper Endoscopy: Once you're sedated, a tv camera on a thin, flexible tube is inserted through your mouth, & is passed gently into your esophagus, stomach, & upper par... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Questions toxicity: Toxicity of any substance depends on a number of factors, not the least of which include: route & form of administration, amount consumed, & other me... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Spare the teeth!: To protect your teeth from the endoscope (and the endoscope from being damaged by your teeth) a mouth guard is usually inserted before the start of an... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Probably not...: But lots of other things can (some benign and others not). Please refer to the many quality answers on healthtap regarding causes of constipation, an... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Not GI; sounds CNS: High likelihood of central nervous system (CNS) problem. If you suffered head trauma prior to onset of the described symptoms, you may have a concussi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Have u been checked?: "stomach pain" can be caused by lots of things & may indeed originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answer "w... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Esophageal manometry: Em is a diagnostic tool that permits assessment of esophageal motility. A thin, pressure-sensitive catheter is inserted into the esophagus to measure ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Maybe nothing but...: Taken together, your symptoms suggest a potentially sluggish gut. This may reflect autonomic dysfunction, inflammation, infection, gynecologic issues... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Lots of reasons...: First off, you didn't mention if heart or lung testing was accomplished, and if so what were the results. These organ systems must be addressed. Ass... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
In what context...?: No x-ray finding is absolutely normal or abnormal unless it is viewed in clinical context--e.g. Is the patient symptomatic or ill? Measurement of the ... Read More
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A 32-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 inflammed, then pouring alcohol into it will make it... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
?Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis means slow-emptying stomach. Causes may be mechanical (obstruction, or stomach outlet narrowed from healing of past inflammation, treate... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Megacolon: Dilation and hypertrophy of the large intestine, due to a variety of conditions.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Just do it!: If you are the predominant food preparer, find some fun cookbooks that incorporate fiber sources with meat products; buy leaner cuts of meat, and star... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Meds and evaluation: Stool softeners and/or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) but evaluation is important to rule out metabolic issues, pelvic floor problems, hirschprung's d... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Possible GERD ...: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of pati... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Mucus or pus?: 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Please get evaluated: Persistent abdominal pain is never normal. You have not provided enough specifics for us to reassure you that your problem is common or self-limited. ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evalu... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Not uncommon, but...: I frequently hear patient's complain of intolerance to fish oil. However, please consider the many other causes of nausea (see my earlier healthtap a... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Retained air post-CO: Air is used to inflate your colon & permit inspection during the colonoscopy procedure. During your recovery before discharge you will be encouraged t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Generally yes...: Pantoprazole (generic protonix) is a member of the class of agents known as "proton pump inhibitors" (ppi's). Others in the class include: Prilosec (... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Mucousy discharge: 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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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!
HealthTap member
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

Affiliations

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