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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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19 year-old college student with a 2-month history of involuntary episodes of falling asleep.....?

19 year-old college student with a 2-month history of involuntary episodes of falling asleep.....?

Narcolepsy requires: a comprehensive medical history, + physical & neurological exams to diagnose. A polysomnogram (overnight sleep study) & a daytime multiple sleep latency test are needed to diagnose sleep apnea. Other causes & tests for them are on www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm. See your primary MD for evaluation & referrals for needed studies & specialists. ...Read more

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Have oily stools off&on- burning stools/gas and pressure/movement in my mid-lower abs. Have had4 blood tests, endoscopy, sono, and stool test no cause

Have oily stools off&on- burning stools/gas and pressure/movement in my mid-lower abs. Have had4 blood tests, endoscopy, sono, and stool test no cause

GI consultation: What you described suggests malabsorption. You obviously have seen your doctor and you may wish to request a consultation with a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I've had 12 weeks of gastrointestinal pain. Have had ultra-sound, endoscopy, stool test, 3 x blood tests, Nexium (esomeprazole) hp7, tinidazole. Can you have pancreatitis with normal blood amylase levels?

I've had 12 weeks of gastrointestinal pain.  Have had ultra-sound, endoscopy, stool test, 3 x blood tests, Nexium (esomeprazole) hp7, tinidazole.  Can you have pancreatitis with normal blood amylase levels?

Unusual: But anything is possible. If you are being thoroughly evaluated by a gastroenterologist they are the best person to explain all this to you. Sit down and have a long conversation to find out what they are looking for. ...Read more

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What other tests could be done after urine stool tets, blood tests ultrasound with 2 CT scans and upper endoscopy for abdomen and pelvis pain?

It depends: At time it is difficult to elucidate the cause of pain. It sounds as if you have had multiple tests performed with no answer? It is best to speak with your physician about any further testing. If he/she can`t seem to find a cause i always tell my patients to consider speaking with another doctor for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Stomach pain (no ulcer or acid) Pressure pain no cause Blood tests, xray, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scans all clear?

Stomach pain (no ulcer or acid)
Pressure pain no cause
Blood tests, xray, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scans all clear?

Keep looking since..: ...your symptoms may arise altogether outside the stomach proper. .Stomach issues can be categorized as: problems with inflammation (e.g. ulcers), with infection (e.g. H.pylori or parasites), with motility (examples: gastroparesis, gastric outlet obstruction), with secretion (hyper or hypo-acidity), infiltrative (lymphoma, cancer), blood flow (gastropathies), functional dyspepsias, etc. ...Read more

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Can normal CT scan, stool and blood tests, colonoscopy, gallblader us and hida scan, upper endoscopy (gerd, gastritis) rule out pancreatic cancer?

Can normal CT scan, stool and blood tests, colonoscopy, gallblader us and hida scan, upper endoscopy (gerd, gastritis) rule out pancreatic cancer?

Only one of those : Most of those tests won't tell you anything about pancreas. Only one is ct scan.A perfectly normal ct with IV contrast goes a long way in saying you have a normal pancreas.Mri might give more info but not usually a screening test. ...Read more

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Blood Tests (Definition)

Blood is usually drawn from your ...Read more