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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


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How do you know if you have a perforated ulcer?

How do you know if you have a perforated ulcer?

Pain gets worse: Pain in the stomach area(above your navel) usually gets worse with nausea, vomiting, sometimes accompanied by fever, dizziness. Any symptoms that get worse, seek medical advice. Here are risk factors for developing stomach irritation or ulcers - too much intake of caffeinated drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, leading a stressful life/type a personality. Hope to be of help. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ulcer in your stomach?

How do you know if you have an ulcer in your stomach?

Stomach pain : Discomfort in the upper stomach after eating, burning sensation, bloating, sometimes with nausea. In some cases "hunger pains" early in the morning or need to eat snacks throughout the day. In the case of a bleeding ulcer a main warning sign is black and tarry stool or throwing up blood either red or rusty or "coffee grounds". If this happens see a doctor or go to an emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones or a gallblader infection?

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How do you know if you have gallstones or a gallblader infection?

Usually not infected: Most gallbladder problems are not truly infections, but rather blockage of the gallbladder opening by gallstones (called biliary colic or cholecystitis), exemplified by pain after eating and nausea. In the event the bile actually get infected, patients can become very sick, with elevation in bilirubin, fever, elevated white count (cholangitis). Diagnosis is made clinically and by ultrasound. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a stomach ulcer, and how do you treat it, if so?

How do you know if you have a stomach ulcer, and how do you treat it, if so?

See your doctor : Your doctor can test you for H. Pylori. This is a bacteria found to be responsible for peptic ulcer disease. If positive, medication can be prescribed by your doctor. After you are examined and a careful history obtained, your doctor may order additional tests. See your doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What can you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

What can you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

No real restrictions: my only suggestion would be to avoid "NSAIDs" (such as motrin, aleve, (naproxen) advil, naprosyn) and avoid alcohol. no dietary restrictions otherwise. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a gall stone?

How do you tell if you have a gall stone?

Ultrasound: Exam is usually the only way to know for sure. If you are having symptoms, have your doctor order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a hernia?

How do you know if you have a hernia?

Bulge or lump.: A hernia will manifest itself as a bulge, most commonly in the groin or belly button region. The bulge may be tender, is often reducible (either spontaneously or with direct pressure), and may be as small as a grape or as large as cantaloupe. In general, no bulge, no hernia. A simple exam by your doctor should confirm your suspicion. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

Continued: Also the patient's history can help out. Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a peptic ulcer?

Take antiacid: take an antiacid from the PPI family (omeprazole, pantoprazole, etc). avoid NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aleve, (naproxen) etc). Get tested for a bacteria called H.Pylori which can cause ulcers. ...Read more

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What will the g.I. Specialist do if you think you might have ulcer pain?

What will the g.I. Specialist do if you think you might have ulcer pain?

Diagnostic tests: Will need to check few lab tests to make sure you are not losing blood from the ulcer, check for the possibility of the h.Pylori bacterium (a frequent cause of ulcers). A trial of acid suppressing medication will likely be recommended. But the best way in our days to diagnose a peptic ulcer is to have an endoscopy of our stomach. This is a brief outpatient procedure that GI specialists perform. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a bladder infection?

How do you know if you have a bladder infection?

Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginitis may present with similar sx, and maybe itching/vaginal dicharge/odor. In the elderly, often in nursing homes etc..Uti may present as confusion, increase urinary incontinence etc...If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

Cause and effect: If you are a chronic user of Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and you are symptomatic (abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, blood in the stool etc) it is very possible that the drug is the cause. A more common cause of a stomach ulcer is helicobacter pylori (a bacterium that can infect the stomach). A gastroenterologist can help make the diangosis with endoscopy if needed. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have gallstones?

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Ultrasound: The most commonly used method to detect gallstones is with an abdominal ultrasound. The indication for testing are symptoms such as post-eating abdominal pain (often in the right upper quadrant or mid abdomen, sometimes going to the back), nausea. Occasionally, patients are found to have them incidentally on x-ray. There are other tests, but more costly and inconvenient. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones before you get pain or problems?

Painless gallstones?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more

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How do tests tell if you have stomach ulcers?

How do tests tell if you have stomach ulcers?

Endoscopy: Has largely replaced less clear contrast barium swallows. Also, tests for helicobacter pylorii can be done. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have h.pylori?

What can you do if you have h.pylori?

R/O H PYLORI: H PYLORI IS THE ULCER CAUSING BACTERIA. Normally if GERD SX & ABD PAIN HAVE BEEN PRESENT 8-12wks. It is checked in blood work /stool & breath test if possible. THE MOST EFFECTIVE REGIMEN I USE IS PREVPAK X 2 wks Given your age GI CONSULT with EGD MAY BE SUGGESTED ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones?

How do you know if you have gallstones?

By ultrasound: Gs are very common. They lead to symptoms in some. These may include upper r abdo pain after eating or there may be no symptoms at all. Ultrasound is one way to find them - if there is a reason to do so. ...Read more

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Please tell me what should you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

Please tell me what should you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

Meds will help: Previously recommendations were to avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, coffee and the like. More recently it has be determined that for most people those dietary restrictions are not needed. But if a certain food bothers you, coffee etc., by all means, avoid those foods. ...Read more

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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more