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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more


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What tests exist for diagnosing abdomen pain besides a CT of abdomen/pelvis?

What tests exist for diagnosing abdomen pain besides a CT of abdomen/pelvis?

Other imaging tests: include ultrasound and MRI. Occasionally upper GI series is useful, but it has been largely replaced by endoscopy. Nuclear medicine tests include HIDA scan. Abdominal xrays have a limited role. ...Read more

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Absence of fever, how to distinguish pancreas pain from peptic ulcer pain assuming presentation luq burning pain radiating to back?

Absence of fever, how to distinguish pancreas pain from peptic ulcer pain assuming presentation luq burning pain radiating to back?

Cannot without help: Your described symptoms of a burning luq pain can have many possibilities. You have only noted 2 possibilities of many, and likely picked the 2 worst case scenarios. Abdominal pain can have many causes and reasons, and pancreatitis or peptic ulcer would also be associated with severe pain, nausea and vomiting, inability to eat, etc. You yourself cannot tell what you may have; must see a doctor. ...Read more

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What causes pain in upper quadrant of abdomen?

What causes pain in upper quadrant of abdomen?

Many possibilities: Causes of upper abdominal pain can include but are not limited to: gallstones, hepatitis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammation of the bile duct or gallbladder, obstructed intestines, and problems of the chest such as angina, heart attack, pericarditis, pneumonia and pleurisy. If you are experiencing chronic upper abdominal pain get it checked. Severe pain = er. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of left lower quadrant pain presenting in appendicitis?

Radiating pain: the nerves of the appendix also innervates the entire colon. When you push on the left side you and then release the nerves are stimulated. Since the appendix is inflamed the distention of the left transmits to the right and you sense the pain. The visceral peritoneum is directly attached. If the appendix is ruptured then the parietal peritoneum is inflamed and the test no longer holds. ...Read more

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Is occasional lower abdominal pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Is occasional lower abdominal pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Not likely: You may consult the link given below for information on this topic, however given your age and the symptom you mentioned you are very unlikely to have colon cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/symptoms-causes/dxc-20188239 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Low back pain medical diagnosis?

Low back pain medical diagnosis?

Several options: Back pain is usually related to arthritic changes to the spine. Sometime back pain can be related to infections, cancer, fractures, or even other organs such as the kidney, bladder, etc. A good physical exam and possibly imaging can help diagnose the cause of low back pain. ...Read more

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Symptoms of an abdominal mass?

Symptoms of an abdominal mass?

Pressure-Related: An abdominal mass can be due to many different diseases, some trivial, others life threatening (hernia, cancer, benign tumor, aneurysm, infection, etc.). Symptoms vary with the cause & location of the mass and its rate of growth. In general, if pushing against other organs, pain is common (although, slow growing tumors can reach large sizes while "flying under the radar"). ...Read more

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Internal non-muscular pain in upper back radiating to flanks. Recent diagnosis 4 mm thickening of gallbladder, gastritis, duodenitis. Help!

Internal non-muscular pain in upper back radiating to flanks. Recent diagnosis 4 mm thickening of gallbladder, gastritis, duodenitis.  Help!

Abdominal pain: A lot of problems and only 400 characters for an answer. You need evaluation for H Pylori infection, medication to control gastric acid, a HIDA scan to assess gallbladder function with or without CCK if you have gallstones or not. You also need evaluation for kidney stones as this can commonly result in pain radiating down the flanks. You also need to be assessed for spine problems ...Read more

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Is abdominal pain a usual symptom of intestinal ischemia?

Is abdominal pain a usual symptom of intestinal ischemia?

Intestinal Ischemia: Symptoms of acute intestinal ischemia: sudden abdominal pain that may range from mild to severe; an urgent need to have a bowel movement: frequent, forceful bowel movements; tenderness or swelling in the abdomen; blood in your stool; nausea or vomiting or both ; fever. ...Read more

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Is lower back pain a symptom of testicular cancer?

Is lower back pain a symptom of testicular cancer?

Possibly: Low back pain might be caused by testicular cancer in abdominal or pelvic lymph nodes, pelvic or lower abdomen back muscles, low lumbar vertebrae or if it were pushing on the nerves exiting the spine in the low back. The best was to evaluate this would be imaging of the low back, abdomen and pelvis with either ct scan or MRI scan or both. ...Read more

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What causes severe abdominal pain and pain behind your testicles?

What causes severe abdominal pain and pain behind your testicles?

KIDNEY: stones can cause severe abdominal pain radiating to your testicles..in any case you need a "hands on" evaluation ASAP Suggest ER visit Good Luck! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the causes of severe upper abdominal pain?

It could be: 100 different things, such as ulcer, gastritis, pancreatitis, gallstones, cancer, hernia, zoster, muscle strain. Get your doctor to help you figure it out. ...Read more

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What causes pain in left quadrant of abdomen?

Many: Left abd. Pain causes include but is not limited to: ovarian cyst, ectopic pregnancy, diverticulitis, endometriosis, inguinal hernia, ovulation pain, intestinal obstruction, crohn’s disease, abscess, ulcerative colitis, seminal vesicle inflammation, cancer, aortic aneurysm, renal infection or stone, injury, angina, heart attack, pneumonia, enlarged or ruptured spleen, pancreatitis & obstipation. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of musculoskeletal pain in the abdominal area?

See details: The question does not make sense. Pain is pain. If you are inferring to abdominal pain, the character of the pain is dependent on the problem causing it. ...Read more

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Is chronic upper left quadrant pain a sign of ovarian cancer?

Is chronic upper left quadrant pain a sign of ovarian cancer?

Not usually: Any chronic pain can be associated with ovarian cancer, but what you describe can be associated with many other non-cancerous issues. Best to check with your pcp or obgyn for a thorough checkup. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes chronic abdominal pain and bloating?

Most common: Is excess fiber and inadequate fluids or excessive caffeine and alcohol intake. But if this is not the case with you , need to get a full evaluation by a gastroenterologist or a colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the causes of lower abdominal pain with lupus?

What are the causes of lower abdominal pain with lupus?

Lupus and other: Connective tissue disorders can cause serositis, or irritation of the inside lining of your abdomen. But you can have any of the other abdominal conditions that people without lupus get. And if you are taking steroids, some of the severity of the symptoms might be masked. You need a real good doctor to figure this one out for you. ...Read more

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Can an acute abdominal strain cause nausea, constipation, dizziness, diffuse lower right quadrant abdominal pain and referral to testes or back?

Can an acute abdominal strain cause nausea, constipation, dizziness, diffuse lower right quadrant abdominal pain and referral to testes or back?

Need more info: What is an acute abdominal strain? This is not a medical term. The symptoms you have described sound severe and there are several serious illnesses that can produce these, including kidney stones, appendicitis, and half a dozen or more other illnesses. Go and see a doctor asap and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of abdominal pain are cause for concern? Cramps?

Which symptoms of abdominal pain are cause for concern? Cramps?

Ignore no symptoms: Abdominal discomfort of any kind is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss the problem that is. ...Read more

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