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How is esophagitis typically diagnosed?

How is esophagitis typically diagnosed?

Endoscopy: Though there are features seen in a ct scan and barium swallow which are suggestive of esophagitis, the only (and best way) to definitively make the diagnosis is with an endoscopy. ...Read more

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Esophagitis (Definition)

A condition in which the esophagus (the passageway from the throat to the stomach) ...Read more


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How is GERD typically diagnosed?

Clinical history: Usually just a good clinical history and response to acid reducers are enough to diagnose gerd. The gold standard is ph testing of the esophagus with either a catheter or capsule test. An endoscopy will show if there is erosive gerd. ...Read more

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How is lcis typically diagnosed?

How is lcis typically diagnosed?

Biopsy: Patients with lobular carcinoma in situ (lcis) typically do not have any symptoms and the abnormality cannot usually be seen on mammograms. It is usually diagnosed when a breast biopsy is performed for other reasons, such as an unrelated breast lump. The examination of the tissue by a pathologist under a microscope shows the abnormal cells found in lcis. ...Read more

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How is chlamydia typically diagnosed?

How is chlamydia typically diagnosed?

Swab or urine : Chlamydia is detected by sending a sample of urine or by sending a cotton swab the has been in contact with the cervix or penis. The lab will then test for the presence of chlamydia dna providing a very accurate diagnosis of chlamydia. ...Read more

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How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

Anti reflux Rx: Be is a complication of chronic reflux; may be painless. Cells in lower esophagus look like intestinal cells, would be ok if they weren't esoph. Cells; less resistant to chemical onslaught. Pre-cancerous. 1% of barrett's pts. May develop adeno (gland) ca of esoph. Rx with aggressive med rx, ppi twice a day, and follow up endoscopy to check for "dysplasia"-more cancer-like; can remove by scope. ...Read more

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How is galactorrhea typically diagnosed?

How is galactorrhea typically diagnosed?

By symptoms: Galactorrhea is diagnosed by symptoms. It is usually due to an elevation in your prolactin level, a hormone secreted from the pituitary gland. Prolactin can be elevated due to a tumor or by excessive nipple stimulation. Pituitary gland is located between the optic chiasm in the brain. If galactorrhea is due to a pituitary gland tumor, patient may have visual changes and/or headaches. ...Read more

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How is dysphagia diagnosed?

How is dysphagia diagnosed?

Formal evaluation: A formal evaluation is necessary and referral to a speech language pathologist may be indicated. Test used to evaluate dysphagia include a video fluoroscopic swallowing study or a fiber optic endoscopic swallowing evaluation. These tests are not necessary in all cases. Consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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How is lumbago typically diagnosed?

How is lumbago typically diagnosed?

Evaulation: Lumbago is a fancy medical word for low back pain. It is diagnosed via performing a history and examination of the patient. Most cases respond within 8-10 days treated with NSAID medication, short term rest (about 24 hrs), and resuming ambulation. Severe cases (continuing pain, leg pains, weakness, neurologic symptoms, bowel/bladder issues) require radiology studies and advanced management. ...Read more

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How is appendicitis typically diagnosed ?

How is appendicitis typically diagnosed ?

Medical Evaluation: The diagnosis of appendicitis is made by taking a careful history of one's symptoms, doing a careful physical exam, and performing basic laboratory work. If the diagnosis is unclear, a ct of the abdomen, or, less frequently, an ultrasound may aid in making the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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How is duodenal adenocarcinoma generally treated?

How is duodenal adenocarcinoma generally treated?

It depends on Stage: Treatment of Cancer depends on the extent of tumor(called stage of Cancer). If the Cancer is loclaised(stage 1 or 2) surgery is the best approach of treatment. if it has spread farther away, then chemotherapy has to be the mainstay of treatment with or without surgery. Your oncologist can guide you further. ...Read more

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How is biliary atresia typically diagnosed?

How is biliary atresia typically diagnosed?

Multidisciplinary: This diagnosis is made by a team of neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and pediatric gastroenterologists. It includes blood test, an ultrasound, a nuclear scan called hida scan to evaluate drainage of the liver, a liver biopsy and finally a cholangiogram. As you can see it is not straightforward and that is why so many specialists are required. ...Read more

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How is a fissure generally diagnosed?

How is a fissure generally diagnosed?

Clinical ; exam: The most common description is if one is "passing shards of glass". Usually a physician can identify telltale signs of an anal fissure on a gentle but close exam. ...Read more

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How is dcis typically detected and diagnosed?

How is dcis typically detected and diagnosed?

Biopsy: Ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis) is initially seen on mammogram as a cluster of abnormal microscopic calcifications in the breast. A biopsy is then done to obtain a sample of the area of breast tissue in question. When the biopsy tissue is examined under a microscope it will definitively diagnose the dcis cells. ...Read more

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How is fibromyalgia typically diagnosed?

How is fibromyalgia typically diagnosed?

Hands-on exam: There is no blood test, image (x-ray, mri) test, or procedure (biopsy, EMG test). The test for fibromyalgia is the history and physical exam of a skilled physician who knows the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. That exam includes palpation of the defined 'tender points' of fibromyalgia--you must have at least 11 of 18. You must also meet the other diagnostic criteria to have fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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How is diverticulitis disease typically treated?

How is diverticulitis disease typically treated?

Diverticulitis that: Is the infected condition of diverticulosis is treated with bowel rest and antibiotics. Once pain, fever and white blood cell count return to normal we start a liquid diet and gradually advance to a low residue diet which should be maintained for 4-6 weeks to allow the colon inflammation to completely resolve. If multiple episodes elective surgery may be appropriate to avoid further complications. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer usually diagnosed?

How is skin cancer usually diagnosed?

By a dermatologist: Spots that don't heal, bleeds, or grows rapidly may be signs of skin cancer. The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist. He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Most of the time, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

Symptoms vary: Infants normally spit up some following ingestion of liquids. Severity of reflux is judged by volume, frequency and weight gain. Symptoms include frequent spitting up, irritability, refusal to eat, and lack of normal weight gain. If reflux or vomiting several hours after meal, means also slow gastric emptying.Antireflux meds may not help. Ugi, nm gastric emptying, ph probe tests may be used to dx. ...Read more

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How is CMV usually diagnosed?

How is CMV usually diagnosed?

Blood test: Cytomegalovirus infection is diagnosed by a variety of blood tests. It is part of the standard battery of tests given to pregnant moms. Once you have been infected, you are immune for life. As a result, if a pregnant mom has never been infected, she needs to be very careful to stay away from sick people, many of whom might have cmv. ...Read more

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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more

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How is esophagitis typically diagnosed?

Endoscopy: Though there are features seen in a ct scan and barium swallow which are suggestive of esophagitis, the only (and best way) to definitively make the diagnosis is with an endoscopy. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe esophagitis following 10 days of radiation. How long does it typically last?

I am experiencing severe esophagitis following 10 days of radiation. How long does it typically last?

Variable...: Depends on the extent and dose of radiation. Could last for weeks with potential long term sequelae of stricture. There are several palliative therapies available to quell esophagitis symptoms - see your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could happen it I don't properly treat my erosive esophagitis?

What could happen it I don't properly treat my erosive  esophagitis?

Erosive esophagitis: Erosive esophagitis has the potential to alter the normal cells of your esophagus leading to dysplasia and eventually may lead esophageal cancer in some. It is important you properly control this condition to ensure no progression. ...Read more

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What is esophagitis?

Inflammation: in the esophagus (swallowing pipe) - usually due to acid reflux but can be caused by other things. It makes your chest hurt especially with swallowing and acid reflux. Untreated esophagitis can lead to scarring and tight areas in your swallowing tube (strictures). ...Read more

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How is esophagitis treated?

Typically medication: Esophagitis is typically treated with medications. This may include medications such as Pepcid or Zantac (ranitidine) called h2 blockers. Sometimes stronger medications such as Prilosec are needed depending on the symptoms and other information. Some patents need surgical treatment to reduce acid reflux if they don't respond to medications. ...Read more

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How can I treat esophagitis?

Many: Antacids, elevate head of bed, proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, quit smoking and caffeine, alcohol.Promotility drugs like reglan, (metoclopramide) and at times antifungals if the cause is a fungus. There is an allergic(eosinophilia esophagitis) form for which treatment includes nasally swallowed steroids. Get properly diagnosed via endoscopy if not getting better. Can lead to esophageal cancer in some cases. ...Read more

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What is grade c esophagitis?

What is grade c esophagitis?

Esophagitis: There are 4 grades of esophagitis, grade c is defined as: grade c mucosal breaks continuous between > 2 mucosal folds, but involving less than 75% of the esophageal circumference. ...Read more

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Esophagitis grade 2 can reoccure?

Esophagitis  grade 2 can reoccure?

Yes: If you have not seen your gastro enterologist make an appointment today. Common causes can be gastric reflux into the esophagus, but regardless of cause, if it continues, this can develop into a precancerous condition called barret's esophagus. ...Read more

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What are some home cures for esophagitis?

Esophagitis cures: There is alot you can do for acid reflux: lose weight, no tea or coffee, no eating 3hr. Before bedtime, decrease fat intake, raise the head of your bed 4-6inches, and then take otc medication you can get at your pharmacy----pepcid, prilosec, zantac, (ranitidine) etc. ...Read more

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What happens when esophagitis isuntreated?

What happens when esophagitis isuntreated?

Damage: The esophagus is damaged which can lead to scar tissue forming. This can cause difficulty swallowing. Also, ongoing damage to the esophagus is thought to cause precancerous changes to occur in the esophagus which, over time, could lead to esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve pain from esophagitis?

What can I do to relieve  pain from esophagitis?

Fight the Fire: Esophagitis is a symptom of another problem, therefore, the sources must be treated to effectively alleviate the pain. Most cases require an acid suppressing medication along with an acid neutralizer as well as surveillance for ulcerative disease. If pain persists despite use of these meds the dose may need to be significantly increased. All people respond differently to meds and their dosing. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get esophagitis, or is it unusual?

Yes: Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus. Many things can cause esophagitis, including infections, drugs, allergens or acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) is the most common cause of esophagitis, and studies show that over 40% of american adults experience the symptoms of this disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/nbk6896/. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: esophagitis?

Irritated esophagus: Esophagitis is an inflamed esophagus. There are many causes including gerd (reflux) and infections (candida). Treatment is aimed at the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Anyone with chronic esophagitis from italian food only?

Chronic : Esophagitis isn't caused by a particular food. But spicy or acidic foods like italian or mexican cuisine can cause indigestion problems w a specific cuisine most likely is associated w quantity of food eaten, alcohol intake, dining late, etc. ...Read more

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What can a person do to relieve the acute pain from esophagitis?

What can a person do to relieve the acute pain from esophagitis?

OTC meds: Otc meds but it is highly recommended that you see a GI dr. To have your esophagus evaluated. It is not enough to just control your symptoms. You need the problem diagnosed as well. Ranitidine and Lansoprazole have been used to control the symptoms for years. As have other h2 blockers and ppis. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my esophagitis. Should i?

GERD is common: Gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is very common, but in some may result in damage to your esophagus ("esophagitis"). Esophagitis when inadequately treated can progress from a red, irritated esophagus, to one that develops erosions or ulcers, to one that becomes narrowed by scar tissue, or even develops pre-cancerous cells (barrett's esophagitis). Risks vary with age & years of symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes me to get gastritis and esophagitis?

What causes me to get gastritis and esophagitis?

Acid: Most likely culprit is stomach acid. However, bile from the intestine can also cause inflammation in the stomach and esophagus. ...Read more

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Whats eosinophilic esophagitis ?

Whats eosinophilic esophagitis ?

EoE: Eosinophilic esophagitis or eoe is an allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus typically caused by food proteins. Symptoms can include vomiting, abdominal pain, reflux, difficulty swallowing and food impaction due to esophageal inflammation. Treatments include topical steroids and food elimination diet. Typically, eoe is managed by gastroenterologists and allergists. ...Read more

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