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Seeing G.Enter. tomorrow about endoscopy with ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday. What questions should I ask?

Seeing G.Enter. tomorrow about endoscopy with ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday.  What questions should I ask?

Whatever you want: You didn't mention ultrasound of what why symptoms. Endoscopy of what? So it is hard to give a good answer. Generally, did you find anything? Is it related to symptoms? Any follow up needed? And of course talk to your primary care doctor about results . Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Which has greater risk for complications, an upper endoscopy or an endoscopic ultrasound?

Both are the same: Both procedures require sedation and passing an endoscope(a thin flexible tube)through your mouth and esophagus in upper endoscopy and through the anus in lower endoscopy which is called a colonoscope.The difference is one is without doing ultrasound. Imaging and other with.Risks are 1infection 2bleeding 3(perforation) tearing of gastrointestinal tract 4reaction to sedation. ...Read more

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If bentyl (dicyclomine) seems to help mysterious upper right pain.. All labs and ultrasound and endoscopy normal.. What would be the cause?

If bentyl (dicyclomine) seems to help mysterious upper right pain.. All labs and ultrasound and endoscopy normal.. What would be the cause?

Bentyl (dicyclomine): Bentyl (dicyclomine) is an anti-spasmodic medicine for the intestines. If you notice that Bentyl (dicyclomine) helps your symptoms, this is usually a sign of excessive spasm. Often patients with IBS get some relief with Bentyl (dicyclomine). If your symptoms persist, follow up with your physician or see a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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My grandma is 76 and is having fevers of unknown origin for 2 months now. She had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasounds, CBC came out normal.

My grandma is 76 and is having fevers of unknown origin for 2 months now. She had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasounds, CBC came out normal.

Get a second opinion: Fever of unknown origin is often caused by infections, inflammatory conditions or advanced cancers. The tests that she has had all have some limitations in locating hidden infections or cancer. A pet scan may be the best test to use especially to find many of the hidden conditions that cause fever. An experienced doctor(second opinion by an internist) may be able to offer her further medical guida. ...Read more

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My father is diagonsed with pancreatitis. Is mrcp necessary after eug or endoscopy ultrasound.

My father is diagonsed with pancreatitis. Is mrcp necessary after eug or endoscopy ultrasound.

See answer: Discuss with dr. Mrcp is helpful to evaluate the bile ducts for obstruction or stones which may have precipitated the pancreatitis, and evaluate the pancreatic ducts including whether an anatomic variant, divisum, is present which may also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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When should you ask for an endoscopy ultrasound to see if something is wrong with the tail of the pancreas?

Endoscopy: If you or your doctor has noticed abdominal discomfort you need a full physical exam, lab work, and likely imaging. If your doctor finds no issue on exam or no abnormal blood work, relax a bit and follow up regularly. ...Read more

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Ultrasound show a 1cm gallstone & 2small polyps I am waiting for endoscopy to be done Pain is constant What can I do to help the pain?

Ultrasound show a 1cm gallstone & 2small polyps I am waiting for endoscopy to be done Pain is constant What can I do to help the pain?

If you have: no symptoms your both conditions could be observed . GB polyps has malignant potential but usually they are 2 cm or more in size . If over the counter pain medications are not helping you to relive pain , your best option after colonoscopy is removal of BG , which is relatively low risk surgery. ...Read more

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I have frequent headache due to hyper acidity since the last 10 years. Endoscopy and ultrasound didn't reveal anything. What should I do?

I have frequent headache due to hyper acidity since the last 10 years. Endoscopy and ultrasound didn't reveal anything. What should I do?

Headache : Hi, I don't believe ur headache is related to ur acid in ur stomach, unless u have IBS therefore U r sensitive to stress and stress could cause tension headache, although there is no direct link between GI symptoms and headache, try to reduce ur stress with yoga, meditation and exercise, see a neurologist for headache please. ...Read more

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Endoscopy ultrasound report says "few features of chronic pancreatitis but overall very non-specific." I've always been asymptomatic with incidental elevated lipase found 4 years ago.

Endoscopy ultrasound report says "few features of chronic pancreatitis but overall very non-specific." I've always been asymptomatic with incidental elevated lipase found 4 years ago.

Info needed: You have to work it up. Check to see if you have high cholesterol, especially triglycerides. Also check to see if you have gallstones. An MRCP ( type of MRI) can help see if you have structural issues causing chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it likely for a palpable supraclavicular node to be first sign of cancer without any other symptoms? Bloodwork, ab ultrasound & endoscopy normal.

Is it likely for a palpable supraclavicular node to be first sign of cancer without any other symptoms? Bloodwork, ab ultrasound & endoscopy normal.

Not likely: There are many reasons people have swollen lymph nodes. The vast majority of the time this is from benign causes. If the lymph node does not resolve within a few weeks, inform your doctor. ...Read more

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Had endoscopy ultrasound and doc said: "What you have overall is some very NONE specific finding that may suggest chronic pancreatitis but NO definite findings." I'm asymptomatic & never had pancreati?

Had endoscopy ultrasound and doc said: "What you have overall is some very NONE specific finding that may suggest chronic pancreatitis but NO definite findings." I'm asymptomatic & never had pancreati?

Don't panic: I can see how that would be frightening to hear, considering you have no symptoms. Usually when "non specific" is used, it means there are some variations or signs that indicate something else MIGHT be going on that could be a normal variant or could be suggestive of the chronic pancratitis. No definite findings means they can't officially diagnose you with that. Your doc may want to monitor you.. ...Read more

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My endoscopy showed Esophagitis 2, how long I take rameprazole medication.i did ultrasound,it's normal,but feel bitter taste in mouth.when it heal?

My endoscopy showed Esophagitis  2, how long I take rameprazole medication.i did ultrasound,it's normal,but feel bitter taste in mouth.when it heal?

Ask the Dr., as...: Treatments for esophagitis depend on the underlying cause and the severity of tissue damage. For continuity of care and to assure you are doing the correct treatment as prescribed by your Dr. it is important to egt the duration of treatment form them. Do not forget one of the main stays of therapy is diet and avoidance of trigger food as well. See the following link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/333516-foods-to-avoid-with-esophagitis/ ...Read more

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Is Endoscopy really required to find cause of Gerd or stomatch ulcer etc. Cant we find using ultrasound? Endoscopy seems to be scary to go through :(

Is Endoscopy really required to find cause of Gerd or stomatch ulcer etc. Cant we find using ultrasound? Endoscopy seems to be scary to go through :(

With the: present day anesthetic advancements endoscopy is safe and completely pain free! It also is the most accurate in the evaluation of upper GI problems including GERD and ulcers! NOT TO WORRY! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Finally had endoscopy ultrasound was not needed during it he told me,"nodular mucosa in background of erosive esophavatis", don't want ppi rest oflife?

Finally had endoscopy ultrasound was not needed during it he told me,"nodular mucosa in background of erosive esophavatis", don't want ppi rest oflife?

Erosive esophagitis: The presence of erosions in the esophagus is a sign that your GERD is fairly severe. Certainly you should take a PPI at least until the erosions are healed and your symptoms are under good control. After that, some patients can go off of them, particularly if they follow anti-reflux measures assiduously. Many patients do end up requiring long-term medication, however. Good luck. ...Read more

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Frequent gallbladder attacks, normal ultrasound, norm hida, endoscopy/ biopsy show celiac, but bloodwork for celiac is negative. Cbc has high lymps.?

Frequent gallbladder attacks, normal ultrasound, norm hida, endoscopy/ biopsy show celiac, but bloodwork for celiac is negative.  Cbc has high lymps.?

It is likely celiac: About 5 years ago there was a study published in american journal of gastroenterology done in sweden which showed blood antibodies fluctuate in adults even with celiac. Biopsy is still the definitive diagnosis. Try the gluten free diet. You should feel better. Must be 100% gluten free. Even small amounts of gluten will bring on symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 8mm nodule found in my endoscopy, as well as a hiatal hernia. Biopsy was taken and came back negative.going for ultrasound next month.cancer?

I have a 8mm nodule found in my endoscopy, as well as a hiatal hernia. Biopsy was taken and came back negative.going for ultrasound next month.cancer?

Very unlikely : A eight millimeter mass with a non-cancer pathology report is not something I would worry about. At your age without a personal of family history of bizarre tumors, I would stop worrying ...Read more

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Had endoscopy. Hiatal hernia found along with 8mm nodule. Doc wanted me to do ultrasound but his biopsy came in, was negative. Do I need the ultrasoun?

Had endoscopy. Hiatal hernia found along with 8mm nodule. Doc wanted me to do ultrasound but his biopsy came in, was negative. Do I need the ultrasoun?

Probably...: There are multiple layers to the GI tract, but endoscopic biopsies may not be deep enough to reach a nodule that originates below the surface (e.g. sub-mucosal). Especially if there is clinical concern as to the size, extent, appearance of your nodule, then you are well advised to proceed with the follow-up testing your doctor recommends. ...Read more

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Vomit after eating for over a year. Endoscopy, gb ultrasound showed no issues. Lifestyle changes & acid reducers offer no help. What's my next step?

Vomit after eating for over a year. Endoscopy, gb ultrasound showed no issues. Lifestyle changes & acid reducers offer no help. What's my next step?

Gastroenterology : I'm assuming that you have been worked up for any food or nutrient intolerance. If not, a food diary and an Allergy specialist is worth looking in to. You can also get barium, Gastric Motilty studies with your GI doctor. Unfortunately, it may take some time before a diagnosis can be reached. ...Read more

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I have pain under my ribs in my right side and radiates to my back. Blood test came back normal. Did ultrasound, endoscopy , CT scan all normal.

I have pain under my ribs in my right side and radiates to my back. Blood test came back normal. Did ultrasound, endoscopy , CT scan all normal.

RUQ anatomy: Anatomically, right upper quadrant (RUQ) of the abdomen includes: liver, gallbladder, pancreatic head, bile ducts and ampulla, c-loop of the duodenum, stomach antrum and pylorus, the hepatic flexure of the colon. Don't forget the diaphragm and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing RUQ pain. More testing is appropriate. ...Read more

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