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Dr. Fernando Austin

Gastroenterology
Huntington Beach, CA
47 years experience

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Huntington Beach, CA

Address

19066 Magnolia Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

English, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese

Doctor Q&A

157 Answers
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Abnormal Stool: Findings could be due to any number of things including mucus in the colon, related to food content, parasites(less likely but possible). Analysis of... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Liver Diseade: Visit aasld(american association for study of liver disease) and nih(national institutes of health) websites for that information . Webmd & mayo clini... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Endoscopy: Complications rate is very low(less than 1%) but includes aspiration, perforation , bleeding, infection , missed findings , reaction to sedation incl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Psorisis: Presumably the liver biopsy is being done prior to the use of a medication such as methotrexate. Liver biopsy should not be painful for anyone but can... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Acid Reflux: Pregnancy can potentially worsen pre-existing reflux or reflux symptoms can occur during pregnancy. The presence of acid reflux however does not nec... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Fistula: Based upon your description, surgery is the preferred option. A fistula is an abnormal communication or pathway between parts of the body. The cause o... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Diarrhea: The person needs a formal evaluation for work-up of the cause of the diarrhea. This includes but is not limited to: inflammatory bowel disease such as... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Lung nodule: Ct would better define the nodule. Old chest (if any) x-rays may also be reviewed to determine if the nodule is detected and if there has been an int... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Bilirubin: Long list of possibilities including gilbert's disease which is harmless, reaction to medication, chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis b or c or o... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Abdominal Pain: An upper GI would not reveal h. Pylori bacteria in the stomach, may not reveal gastritis(inflammation of stomach's lining) or gallbladder disease , d... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Tummy Tuck: Tummy tuck (abdominalplasty) involves the removal if sagging skin of the abdomen. It may leave a horizontal scar across the lower abdomen. Generally t... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Hepatomegaly: Cause may be defined by blood tests as well as imaging studies such as cat scan or MRI or endoscopic ultrasound(eus). Potential causes too lengthy to ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Spasm: Discomfort possibly due to spasm in the esophagus although usually discomfort is felt in the chest & not the back. See your doctor.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Blood & Mucus: Work-up should be done to determine if you have inflammatory bowel disease(ulcerative colitis or crohn's ) depending upon the duration of the symptoms... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
H Pylori: H. Pylori usually treated with a combination of three medications taken twice a day for a period of 7-14 days. Variability for duration depends upon t... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
MRI: Ask your doctor. Apparently blood tests and or physical exam or other imaging studies such as ultrasound prompted the decision to pursue the mri. The... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Valerian Root: This product has been linked to significant liver injury in people with normal livers. It had also been associated with kidney injury. It is not recom... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Post prandial Pain: Pain after eating defines post prandial pain.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Remicade (infliximab): The recommendation is not too unusual. 50 milligrams(not grams) of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and one thousand milligrams(1 gram) of Acetaminophen t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
IncompletecProtein: Incomplete protein foods have a lower amount of one or more of the 9 essential amino acids. These include whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, lentil be... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Pseudo-obstruction: Intestinal pseudo obstruction is a condition, not a disease. The person has symptoms of bowel obstruction without a physical or actual obstruction. He... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Candidiasis: In a person with a competent immune system(no hiv, immune suppressing drugs, cancer on chemotherapy) there is no reason to test for candidiasis. The t... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
RUQ Pain: Get a second opinion - preferably from a gastroenterologist. Organs in the area you describe include :, gallbladder, liver and colon. The right kidne... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Hepatitis C: This refers primarily to hepatitis c . Diagnosis is made after liver biopsy. It indicates some scarring(called fibrosis) in the liver. Depending upon ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Oral Thrush: Possibility does exist thus might occur. It may be dependent upon the type of antibiotic used & the duration of treatment. A treatment course of 2-3 ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Early satiety: You may condition known as gastroparesis. Stomach does not empty normally for various reasons such as diabetes, medications, unknown cause(idiopathic... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Endoscopy: Endoscopy views the esophagus, stomach and upper portion if the small intestine. It does not view the gallbladder at all! endoscopic ultrasound(eus) h... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Small bowel: Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Bloating & Gas: Could be neither. Food intolerance such as lactose or gluten may be a factor. Ulcerative colitis is usually associated with diarrhea, often in early s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Gas: Significant percentage of gas is related to intake. Many adults are lactose intolerant. A "diet dairy" may help to identify specific food triggers for... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Food poisoning : Several different bacteria including e coli, salmonella , shigella , campylobacter may cause food poisoning with resultant cramps , diarrhea("coliti... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Colitis: Ulcerative colitis and crohn's colitis which are both forms of inflammatory bowel disease(ibd) are very common in the us.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Ulcerative Colitis: Get referral to local ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) center if feasible or GI specialist with specific inteterest in ibd. There are several other op... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Drug Effect: Your assessment is correct., bysyolic is associated with elevations of ast & alt in addition to other lab abnormalities . Generally, this does not nec... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Bulimia: Very bad idea. This is termed bulimia & is associated with many health problems. This issue should be addressed by your physician & if deeply rooted,... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
GI: Diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract including esophagus, stomach, smalln& large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder a... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
H Pylori: Most of the standard courses if therapy for hpylori involve 7-14 days of three medications for the full treatment period. In the course that you desc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
RLQ Pain: Difficult to answer with limited information. Possibilities include but not limited to: chronic appendicitis, pain in right ovary, spasm in the lar... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Cryosurgery : Question should be directed to your surgeon. Possible explanations may include slow healing, redness or irritation in the area treated, etc. Best expl... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti inflammatories(nsaids) may cause inflammatory changes in the gastrointestinal tract. Flattened folds is not at... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
FIT: Test can be false positive in the face of obvious blood loss such as a cut in the rectum. However, that is unusual . The fit is more specific for ble... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
LLQ Pain: This should be evaluated by GI specialist based upon information provided. Inflammatory bowel disease(ulcerative colitis or crohn's) is in the differe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Right Sided Abd Pain: For persistent or worsening symptoms , evaluation in urgent visit or er may be appropriate. Gallbladder disease should have been detected by ultrasou... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Cold: Symptoms may be due to spasm(like muscle cramp) in the esophagus and stomach. Symptoms may be relieved by avoiding very cold items . If symptoms cont... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Problem may be related to types of food which may cause burning and/or the fact that the hemorrhoids are internal . See your doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Esophagus: The esophagus transports liquids and food from the back of the throat(pharynx) to the stomach.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Abd pain & bloating: Broad question. Consider allergies such as lactose or gluten. Testing by your doctor may reveal the source. With significant gas in the large intesti... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Drug interaction : There are no listed interactions between these two medications(gravol & pepto bismol).
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Diarrhea: See your doctor for work-up. This could be any number of things such as lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease such as u... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
Loose Stools: This degree of stool frequency is not normal. Variety of possible causes including lactose intolerance , gluten intolerance, crohn's disease or ulcera... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Austin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Austin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Austin, thx for answeing my question on LLQ pain & bleeding on 11/23/12! I followed ur adv & saw GI, got dx w/stage 1 rectal cancer @35y
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Thank you. I have had so many tests and not seeing specialist again till January 21st. I have lost 4 stone in weight in 18 months
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I wish I cld get health insurance all doc here just wanna cover pain with pills I'm now addicted and still having problems :(

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Hahnemann Medical College, PA
Graduated 1975MD

Awards

Top Gastroenterologist , First Place, California - Winter
2013
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