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Have just had a colonoscopy and they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Have just had a colonoscopy and they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Not aphthous ulcers: Aphthous ulcers are generally painful ulcers that occur in the mouth. Typically called 'canker sore', they are recurrent. Since aphthous means ulcer (latin, it's all in the latin), therefore it is a redundant term, and more accurate is the diagnosis of 'aphthous stomatitis'.
Among the many associations with other problems, one is a colon disorder known as crohn's; but the ulcer is in the mouth. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Just had a colonoscopy. The report said they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Just had a colonoscopy. The report said they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Ulcers in bowel: The ulcers associated with ulcerative colitis are located in the colon, whereas ulcers in crohn's disease may be found anywhere in the gut from the mouth (aphthous ulcers) to the anus. Ulcerative colitis ulcers are typically shallow and more numerous, while crohn's disease ulcers are usually deeper and with more distinct borders. ...Read more

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A colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in small bowel and are querying crohn's. I am iron deficient and total B12 level is 202 just in normal range?

A colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in small bowel and are querying crohn's. I am iron deficient and total B12 level is 202 just in normal range?

Biopsy: It is likely that a biopsy was done of the lesions in the intestine. Microscopic examination of the biopsy by a pathologist should provide important information about the diagnosis. There are blood tests that may support the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Cbc and iron levels now normal 4 weeks after iron infusion. Colonoscopy saw small ulcers in the terminal ileum of the small bowel can this be crohn's?

Could be: Small ulcers in the terminal ileim is usually crohn's disease. They also can occasionally come from NSAID (ibuprofen) use or certain infections like tb. Talk with your doctor to see what the biopsies show. The biopsies should help distinguish the cause. It's also helpful to have imaging of the small bowel by MRI or ct or barium small bowel follow through to determine the extent of involvement. ...Read more

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Chronic epigastric pain. EEG = ulcers, colonoscopy = polyps (removed), ultrasound clear, barium swallow&small bowel normal. Still awful pain! What now?

Chronic epigastric pain. EEG = ulcers, colonoscopy = polyps (removed), ultrasound clear, barium swallow&small bowel normal. Still awful pain! What now?

Any treatment: The ulcers are usually treated with proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers and if H pylori postive treat for H pylori and standard ulcer precautions ...Read more

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Colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in my small intestine doc questioning if Crohn's can this be if after iron infusion I now have normal CBC and iron level?

Colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in my small intestine doc questioning if Crohn's can this be if after iron infusion I now have normal CBC and iron level?

Small or large?: Doesn't really make a lot of difference, but I suspect colonoscopy found ulcers in large intestine and your doc felt they might look like crohn's. A good response to iron infusion does not change any of the thinking about whether those lesions are crohn's like. The biopsy should give a lot more information. ...Read more

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What should I do for painful aphthous ulcers?

What should I do for painful aphthous ulcers?

Prevent trigger: See prior answers relating to these for much more discussion. Each person usually finds that certain things trigger them, e.g. Citrus fruits, lack of sleep, weight loss, iron, vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, trauma, braces. There are some systemic diseases associated with these: crohn's, behcets, celiac disease. Also think of hot drinks. Oragel topically or antiviral rx early on may help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aphthous ulcers?

Canker sores: Apthous ulcers affect the loose mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity (cheeks, lips, tongue, etc). They appear as a circular white ulcer with a red halo around the edges. The cause is unknown, but thought to be viral. The most common type, apthous minor, lasts about 10-14 days, are painful for the first 7-10 days, and heal on their own. There is also apthous major and herpetiform apthous. ...Read more

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Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers?

In a way: Aphthous ulcers occur in the mouth by definition, but similar genital ulcers are possible. They should be examined and considered in connection with your overall medical history as there are several possible causes. Some include various infections, drug reactions or systemic inflammatory diseases such as Behcet Disease. ...Read more

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Quick remedy for frequent aphthous ulcers?

Prevent trigger: See prior answers relating to these for much more discussion. Each person usually finds that certain things trigger them, e.g. Citrus fruits, lack of sleep, weight loss, iron, vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, trauma, braces. There are some systemic diseases associated with these: crohn's, behcets, celiac disease. Also think of hot drinks. Oragel topically or antiviral rx early on may help. ...Read more

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Are yogurt and honey good for aphthous ulcers in mouth?

I don't know: They probably wouldn't hurt, because honey has some infection fighting properties and yogurt is a good source of "friendly" bacteria. If it feels good, do it! If it hurts, don't. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between Epstein Barr virus and aphthous ulcers?

Not Likely: The evidence for any microbial association with recurrent aphthous stomatitis has not been clearly demonstrated. Many studies have found evidence of multiple microbes possibly being implicated but there is no clear evidence. There was a study in 1998 that postulated an association with EBV but it has not been repeated. Aphthous ulcers are considered to be an inflammatory condition for the most part ...Read more

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Is putting yogurt and honey into your mouth good for treating aphthous ulcers?

Is putting yogurt and honey into your mouth good for treating aphthous ulcers?

Won't hurt, but...: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones please have the lesions checked out. ...Read more

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What are aphthous ulcers?

Canker sore.: An aphthous ulcer is also known as a canker sore, often a painful circular lesion inside the mouth. It does not have one specific cause, but it can be brought on by many triggers such as stress, infection, vitamin deficiencies, or immune system abnormalities. Other than being painful, they are harmless and can be treated with topical oral agents. ...Read more

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What are the chances I have aphthous ulcers vsherpes?

Could be both.: Herpes simplex of the mouth is a common cause of painful, recurrent ulcerations, caused by the virus, that stays indolent in the mouths/lips, and then when triggered by a 'cold' or sun or certain foods, etc, becomes an active lesion. Aphthous ulcer is a more general term, which is associated with many different causes, but not one cause. ...Read more

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What is a good remedy to get rid of it or reduce the pain when you get those aphthous ulcers?

What is a good remedy to get rid of it or reduce the pain when you get those aphthous ulcers?

Aphthous ulcers: Try a product called kanka. A generic version is also available at walgreens. It gives almost instant relief of the pain and lasts for up to an hour. Aside from tasting bad it is harmless. ...Read more

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What should I do for painful recurrent aphthous ulcers? Any blood tests or other tests to see what is going on?

What should I do for painful recurrent aphthous ulcers? Any blood tests or other tests to see what is going on?

Find cause: Some folks "simply get" these. However, if there's several at once, it can warn of a low level of good neutrophil white cells. Other entities to rule in or out based on your history are behcet's, lupus, and crohn's. A variety of remedies, from changing your toothpaste to dissolving a cortisol tablet on the lesion, are all worth trying. The best pain relief is still viscous lidocaine. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat canker sores (aphthous ulcers in the mouth)?

How can I treat canker sores (aphthous ulcers in the mouth)?

Use Canker Cover: Painful mouth sores are usually canker sores (aphthous ulcer) which are found on the inside of your cheek, under your tongue, the tip of your tongue, or the roof of your month. They will usually go away in 7 - 10 days.
There are many natural remedies, but I like canker cover by quantum health, which is a patch that will cover the sore.

If you have a lot of sores you should see your dentist. ...Read more

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How do I treat aphthous ulcers on uvula and in pharynx? Any home remedies or medications?

Ulcers: How do you know for sure that they are aphthous ulcers? Best to see a physician or dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment advice. Salt water rinses may help meanwhile. ...Read more

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What are aphthous ulcers caused by, and why only some people get them?

What are aphthous ulcers caused by, and why only some people get them?

Aphthous ulcers: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones please have the lesions checked out. ...Read more

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I am getting aphthous ulcers after almost quiting smoking. What should I do?

I am getting aphthous ulcers after almost quiting smoking. What should I do?

Quit entirely.: There are so many changes going on within the cells that are exposed to smoking that it is often hard to predict what is causing what, or if there is only a temporal relationship, and not a causative association. Quit smoking entirely. And use whatever help or means you can to accomplish it. The most important step, and the one that will probably making quitting successful is the decision to quit. ...Read more

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I have a few aphthous ulcers in my mouth. How can I get rid of them?

Aphthous ulcers: Also called canker sore is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The Waterlase offers immediate relief from the pain of these sores. See an ENT or the dentist. ...Read more

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Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers? Because the ulcers in my vagina opening look just like aphthous ulcers in the mouth

Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers? Because the ulcers in my vagina opening look just like aphthous ulcers in the mouth

See GYN: That are a few autoimmune disorders which can cause aphthous ulcer-like lesions in the mouth and genital areas. You should first get the area examined by a GYN who may refer you to a rheumatologist especially if you suffer eye or joint symptoms as well. ...Read more

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I had unprotected oral sex and he's hiv+ but I have aphthous ulcers in my mouth and there was a precum is that safe?

I had unprotected oral sex and he's hiv+ but I have aphthous ulcers in my mouth and there was a precum is that safe?

Likely at risk: Consider yourself at risk and follow yourself carefully every day. See a MD for evaluation and testing as recommended in the next 7-10 days. Report to the MD the circumstances and appropriate monitoring / testing will follow. Be wise and be protected. You had open wounds (ulcers) in your mouth and were exposed to an hiv+ event. This is of great and life threatening concern. Follow-up. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Their any way to permanently heal "aphthous ulcer" (canker sore)? Is there something wrong inside my body?

No Prevention known: Researchers are not sure of the cause of aphthous ulcers. There is no known preventive measure. Treatment is palliative with low level laser therapy able to relieve pain and accelerate healing with about 5 minutes of trea. Dment. Biolase waterlase iplus or md works well in my practice, of the lasers I have tried. ...Read more

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Aphthous Ulcers (Definition)

Apthous ulcers affect the loose mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity (cheeks, lips, tongue, etc). They appear as a circular white ulcer with a red halo around the edges. The cause is unknown, but thought to be viral. The most common type, apthous minor, lasts about 10-14 days, are painful for the first 7-10 days, and heal on their own. There is also apthous ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more