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Is endoscopy the only way to be sure I have ulcers?

Is endoscopy the only way to be sure I have ulcers?

An ugi also: An endoscopy is the best way to diagnose the ulcer. A radiologic study can also be used but the endoscopy will give you more information. ...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


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I wanted to know is biopsy the only way to determine if something swollen is possibly a tumor/cancer?

I wanted to know is biopsy the only way to determine if something swollen is possibly a tumor/cancer?

Generally , yes: Although an experienced health professional can often be certain that a lump is cancer, it is always best to confirm it with a biopsy because we have all been fooled. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis what is the quickest way to get over this? Also will it cause me to not digest food properly?

I was diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis what is the quickest way to get over this? Also will it cause me to not digest food properly?

Mesenteric adenitis: This condition, where the lymph nodes in the abdomen are swollen, does not have a specific "cure", and thus not really any specific ways to get over it "quickest". You have to go with the old fashioned advice of getting extra rest, reducing stress, increase water intake. And yes, because the inflammation of the nodes occurs close to the intestines, it is not unusual for digestion problems to occur. ...Read more

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How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

How to check for a stomach or colon cancer? Is the only sure way to get endoscopy?

Yes.: The only sure way is to get endoscopy. Other tests like ct or x-rays with contrast (barium enema, upper gi) can sometimes see a tumor, but even then the scope will be your next test to to a biopsy. A scope is the way to go. ...Read more

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Hello Dr.Mafferzzoli, Thank your for your voice message, Would it be possible to get the antibiotics from you to treat my suspected ulcer caused by H pyloria? I dot not have the money for all the testing that may be needed. I would be able to make an app

Hello Dr.Mafferzzoli,
Thank your for your voice message, 
Would it be possible to get the antibiotics from you to treat my suspected ulcer caused by H pyloria? I dot not have the money for all the testing that may be needed. I would be able to make an app

The free Q/A part..: ...of Health Tap doesn't connect you with a specific doctor. You'll need to make a follow up appointment with Dr. M. There's a simple blood test that will support the diagnosis of h. pylori, but it will be Dr. M.'s decision as to what to do next. Hope this helps. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose the cause of halitosis? I wouold like to know if the reason for halitosis can be diagnosed. What steps should I take to find the reason and a cure?

Is it possible to diagnose the cause of halitosis? I wouold like to know if the reason for halitosis can be diagnosed.
What steps should I take to find the reason and a cure?

Taken : Taken from web md: bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. How does what you eat affect breath? Basically, all the food you eat begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body. Why do poor habits cause bad breath? If you don't brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. In addition, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures are not properly cleaned. Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate the gums. What health problems are associated with bad breath? Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries. The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth. Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. What can I do to prevent bad breath? Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you: practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoridetoothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don't forget to brush your tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning. See your dentist regularly - at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit. Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think the foods that you eat may be causing your bad breath, record what you eat. Bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors. Who treats bad breath? In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and that the odo. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to be in empty stomach before any type of scan??? Is it a must to be in full bladder condition for a scan?? Thank you

Is it necessary to be in empty stomach before any type of scan??? Is it a must to be in full bladder condition for a scan?? Thank you

Depends on scan: If you are referring to having an ultrasound, then yes, most abdominal ultrasounds require that the stomach be empty and the bladder full, but this also depends on what organ or area is being imaged. For CT or MRI scans, bladder fullness is not necessary unless looking specifically at the bladder or kidneys, and then oral contrast may be ordered. For nuclear medicine studies, it depends on type ...Read more

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I have been getting mouth ulcers since i was a small child. What can be causing them and what is the best way to treat and stop them?

I have been getting mouth ulcers since i was a small child. What can be causing them and what is the best way to treat and stop them?

Drugs: They cannot be stopped but than can be controlled with several different antiviral drugs similar to those to control genital herpes. Taking 1000 mg of l-lycine daily has been said to help prevent their occurrance and is a safe over the counter measure. ...Read more

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Help everyone I am so worried I have cancer of the anus. Is colonoscopy the only way to tell for sure?

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Help everyone I am so worried I have cancer of the anus. Is colonoscopy the only way to tell for sure?

Other options: If you are only worried about anal cancer, this can probably be evaluated with just a digital rectal exam from a qualified specialist. A rigid proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy can confirm, but a gloved finger should be able to help you. Best to discuss your concerns with a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the most common way to deal with a tubal pregnancy, and do you have to have an ultrasound to confirm it?

What is the most common way to deal with a tubal pregnancy, and do you have to have an ultrasound to confirm it?

Medicine or surgery.: An ultrasound, blood pregnancy tests, and an exam all help diagnose tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. The ultrasound can help you see if a pregnancy is in the uterus or not. An ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) is very serious and you should be seen by a doctor immediately. Treatment for an ectopic pregnancy can be with medicine or surgery. ...Read more

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I was dignose with redundant spastic colon after a colonoscopy and the doctor said nothing can be done for that is that correct. I am veryconcern is ?

I was dignose with redundant spastic colon after a colonoscopy and the doctor said nothing can be done for that is that correct. I am veryconcern is ?

Don't be concerned: Spastic, redundant colon is not a disorder or a diagnosis. It is a description of your colon by one endoscopist during one colonoscopy. The only purpose of noting this is for furture endoscopies where the colonoscopy may be a bit more difficult to perform. It should cause no symptoms or diseases. ...Read more

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My liver levels got tested.Not sure which one it is but it's meant to be 80 but is at 120.Do these things rebound and what is best for me to do to fix?

My liver levels got tested.Not sure which one it is but it's meant to be 80 but is at 120.Do these things rebound and what is best for me to do to fix?

Liver can recover: The liver can often recover from many insults and damage. If you have any form of hepatitis you will need to be treated by a liver specialist. If you just have a mild increase in liver enzymes then there are some things you can do to help your liver recover. Stop all alcohol and Tylenol (acetaminophen). Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Good luck, take care and do not worry. ...Read more

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I have a stomach ulcer and a gallbladder stone. Is there anyway to get rid of it without going to the doctors. I don't have insurance.

I have a stomach ulcer and a gallbladder stone. Is there anyway to get rid of it without going to the doctors. I don't have insurance.

Healthy diet : How do you know it is an ulcer? Gallstones hurt usually after a fatty heavy meal, while ulcers usually feel better after milk or bland meal. Sign up for obamacare this fall and get treatment because an emergency surgery is much more dangerous and expensive with longer hospital stays. ...Read more

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What if the doctor doing a colonoscopy enters the duodenum by mistake? What is the danger and what does he have to do to correct it?

What if the doctor doing a colonoscopy enters the duodenum by mistake? What is the danger and what does he have to do to correct it?

IMPOSSIBLE: That is IMPOSSIBLE during a COLONOSCOPY.. the SCOPE won't reach that far!!!! You probably had (in addition to the colonoscopy) an UPPER gastrointestinal exam (They are often done in "one sitting" to avoid sedation x2!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is a skin biopsy the only way to determine skin cancer? I have a mole on my arm that I am concerned about. I am scared to death that if i go to the dermatologist that he will order a biopsy to be done. Are there any other, less invasive ways of determini

Skin cancer: Skin cancer can be suspected by looking, however, the only way to know for sure is to do a biopsy. There are some benign growths that may be suspicious of skin cancer and vice versa. The most important thing to remember is the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of a complete cure, particularly for melanoma. If diagnosed late, melanoma does not have very good treatments. ...Read more

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Is it possible to know if you have some sort of stomach parasite without getting an endoscopy?

Is it possible to know if you have some sort of stomach parasite without getting an endoscopy?

Usually yes.: Most parasites are in the intestines rather than the stomach proper. They usually leave eggs or their own bodies in the stool and are detectable that way. Some parasites are detected via blood studies. Occassionally colonoscopy or endoscopy will reveal evidence of parasites. ...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


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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