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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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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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Should I have an endoscopy to be sure I have ulcers?

Don't know u Ask doc: Endoscopy can be an excellent test to check for ulcer disease. Don't know if you need that test. Upper GI series xray may also demonstrate ulcers. Ask your doc if these are indicated for you. ...Read more

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Are there any imaging studies that can diagnose a stomach ulcer? Is an endoscopy the only way?

Are there any imaging studies that can diagnose a stomach ulcer? Is an endoscopy the only way?

Barium: Endoscopy is generally the best way, as it allows direct visualization and a biopsy if needed. A well formed ulcer could be detected by x-ray examination after barium intake. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Should I insist on endoscopy to be sure I don't have ulcers?

Should I insist on endoscopy to be sure I don't have ulcers?

Not necessary: Discuss with your doctor. Depending upon your symptoms doctor may decide to proceed with it. ...Read more

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Do I need an endoscopy to see if I have ulcers, or can I just take meds for ulcer symptoms?

Do I need an endoscopy to see if I have ulcers, or can I just take meds for ulcer symptoms?

Know what u Rx. C MD: Short term rx without evaluation may be ok (see the disclaimer on Prilosec otc-do not use for more than 2 weeks without seeing md-for evaluation). That's because the meds may relieve or mask symptoms of more serious issues, like ulcers, or cancers. Ulcers usually due to bact infection. Rx is to treat infection, not just take acid reducer. Ulcers can bleed, perforate, or can be ulcerated ca. C md. ...Read more

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Should endoscopy be done to see ulcer is healed or not or of symptoms go off , that means ulcer is healed?

Should endoscopy be done to see ulcer is healed or not or of symptoms go off , that means ulcer is healed?

The relationship of: symptoms & actual internal status is complex, very individually variable & categorically unreliable. Fact that humans have so many ways of compensating for internal problems is one of the reasons the medical system is focused on symptoms of advanced Ds, not health. So, while impossible to offer any certain answer to your question, no, I would not rely on absence of symptoms in & of themselves. ...Read more

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I just had endoscopy and they found 4 gastric ulcers. Is that alot?

I just had endoscopy and they found 4 gastric ulcers. Is that alot?

Yes: Multiple gastric ulcers are less common and you require careful treatment as well as follow-up exams to ensure that these gastric ulcers heal.The gastroenterologist is best qualified to treat you and follow you. ...Read more

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Can a Endoscopy tell how bad an ulcer is ? Like I mean what lining has it damaged?

Can a Endoscopy tell how bad an ulcer is ? Like I mean what lining has it damaged?

Ideal study to do so: An Endoscopy gives a Gastroenterologist a chance to view the lining of your Esophagus, Stomach, and the early section of your small intestines (the Duodenum) with a light and camera. Images can be displayed in a television in the study suite, and the lining of all those areas can be seen clearly to determine the best sites for biopsy or the need to remove suspicious lesions (i.e polyps). Be well. ...Read more

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What to do if i had an endoscopy yesterday and they did some biopsies and found some ulcers?

Result of biopsy: The reading of biopsy by a pathologist should provide the diagnosis. Please discuss the results of biopsy with your doctor and if needed, with the pathologist, through your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Yes with PPI : but better to know whether that is indeed what you have!! so should have an EGD. but proton pump inhibitors (any of them, really) work well to heal ulcers. ...Read more

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Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Ulcers without scope: Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie. No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid (lansoprazole). If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an ulcer without h. Pylori but hidden where an endoscopy can't see?

Is it possible to have an ulcer without h. Pylori but hidden where an endoscopy can't see?

Unlikely: The sensitivity of endoscopy in detecting gastric or duodenal ulcers approaches 95% so, although an ulcer could be missed it would be an unusual occurrence. ...Read more

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Endoscopy done no ulcers, I have acid reflux. But i still get this hunger pain in my upper abd chest & back what can it be? I'm worried! please help!

Endoscopy done no ulcers, I have acid reflux. But i still get this hunger pain in my upper abd chest & back what can it be? I'm worried! please help!

Acid Reflux Disease: Acid reflux disease alone is not caused by ulcers. The discomfort of ard is often a daily battle. You should consult with your gastroenterologist to consider a regimen of one or more "acid blockers" that can alleviate the recurring symptoms you describe. Do not worry - your symptoms are common and do not generally mean that there is a more sinister explanation to your discomfort! ...Read more

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Would ulcer or cancer in the antral region be visible during the endoscopy/fibroscopy (doctor’s conclusion until the biopsy results come back was only?

Yes.: Upper endoscopy or egd (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) will enable visualization of the gastric antrum, and the appearance and biopsy will be able to distinguish between an ulcer and cancer. ...Read more

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Faecal Calprotectin result of 101 mg/kg. Ulcers found in small intestines with wireless endoscopy tablet too. What does this mean?

Faecal Calprotectin result of 101 mg/kg. Ulcers found in small intestines with wireless endoscopy tablet too. What does this mean?

I presume you are: a parent asking about the results of your 4 year old child.Both of these results suggest inflammatory bowel disease, likely Crohn's Disease in the small intestine.Fecal calprotectin is a measurement of neutrophils/white blood cells in the intestinal lining which is associated with inflammation as is ulceration. I presume the doctor that performed/ordered these tests is advising you and can explain ...Read more

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Had endoscopy, no ulcer but abnormal mucus cells and biopsy performed. What is md looking for? Also high level of inflammation found.

Had endoscopy, no ulcer but abnormal mucus cells and biopsy performed. What is md looking for? Also high level of inflammation found.

Cellular changes: I'm assuming that you had an upper endoscopy so please excuse me if my answer doesn't apply. The MD sends those biopsies to see if there is evidence of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. I'm also assuming the "high level of inflammation" may be felt to be related to stomach/esophageal injury due to excessive stomach acid in places where it shouldn't be. Please discuss with your MD about clarifying. ...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


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more