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Sympgoms of GI tract infections or problems?

Sympgoms of GI tract infections or problems?

Try these...: The GI tract can signal its distress with: nausea, vomiting, cramping, gassiness, belching, sharp/stabbing versus dull throbbing pain, hunger, burning/pyrosis, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, obstructive symptoms, fullness, diarrhea, constipation, or any change in baseline stooling, bleeding (either upper GI or lower GI related), abdominal tenderness, distension, rectal discomfort. More... ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more


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Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy simultaneously?

Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy simultaneously?

Yes sometimes needed: it can be done at the same time (different scopes!). by performing both, you get anesthesia only once but get two procedures done, minimizing risks of future anesthesias. This is only done if both are medically needed (regardless of physician reimbursement), no need to do them always together. ...Read more

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Can upper GI endoscopy shows intestinal cancer?

Can upper GI endoscopy shows intestinal cancer?

Sometimes but not: Often. Egd examines esophagus, stomach, duodenum (technically small intestine, but only the very first part), and sometimes the first portion of jejunum, which is the true small intestine. The small intestine is about 30 feet long. Then there is the large intestine, or colon, for which you need colonoscopy. The middle 29+ feet is not accessble via endocsopy. ...Read more

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Can GI tract problems cause tremors and muscle weakness?

Can GI tract problems cause tremors and muscle weakness?

Need more informatio: We need more information. If you are having diarrhea and losing fluid, electrolytes and minerals - this can cause muscle weakness. Your physician can help you clarify this ...Read more

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Can upper GI endoscopy show intestinal cancer?

Can upper GI endoscopy show intestinal cancer?

Some areas.: Upper endoscopy can look at the esophagus, stomach, and at least the 1st portion of the duodenum; also the opening where the bile exits. It cannot look at and therefore cannot diagnose problems in the remainder of the duodenum, the ileum or the jejunum. However, capsule endoscopy can look at these other areas. ...Read more

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What can an upper endoscopy of the GI tract diagnose?

What can an upper endoscopy of the GI tract diagnose?

Polyps, HiatalHernia: erythema, erosions, ulcers, bleeding, scaring, strictures, some common bile duct, cystic duct, gall bladder & pancreatic duct problems, varicose veins of stomach & esophagus & a number of other anatomic variations/abnormalities. In some cases, treat (either partially or a bit longer term) some of the issues seen during the procedure. ...Read more

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What could cause upper GI bleeding?

What could cause upper GI bleeding?

See below: Possibilities include: torn esophagus from violent vomiting; esophageal tumor; gastric ulcer(s) with perforation; esophageal varices; gastric tumor…. See gastroenterologist for evaluation & options for treatment. ...Read more

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Can kidney problems cause diarrhea or stomach problems?

Can kidney problems cause diarrhea or stomach problems?

Kidney: Possible, like kidney infection or advanced renamed failure, also treatments for these like antibiotics and dialysis could be factors. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause upper stomach pain ?

Can constipation cause upper stomach pain ?

Upper abdomen, maybe: If you mean like right under your ribs, sure. Your colon starts down low on your right, goes up under your diaphragm, across the top then down. So your transverse colon could hurt as it tries to move things along. ...Read more

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Could esophageal dilation with upper endoscopy cause pericarditis?

Could esophageal dilation  with upper endoscopy  cause pericarditis?

Unlikely: Based on a literature (pubmed) and google search, I could not find any cases of esophageal dilation causing percarditis. Are you having symptoms of chest pain after dilation? If you are concerned about pericarditis, you should discuss this with your doctor or go to the ER if it is severe. ...Read more

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Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

No: All GI complaints mentioned are totally unrelated to a stomach ulcer. The latter produces upper midline abdominal pain relieved by food or antiacids and if perforating posteriorly into lesser sac, the space behind the stomach, back pain develops. Constipation or loose stool related to diet or inflammation of bowel and if in sigmoid colon with diverticular disease. lt. lower abodiminal pain noted ...Read more

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Can an upper GI series xray cause any damage?

Can an upper GI series xray cause any damage?

No: I.t does not cause any appreciable damage with the small amount of radiation ...Read more

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Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Depends: A person would need to be consuming at least some gluten on a daily basis for 3 weeks prior to the studies for a biopsy to obtain tissue consistent with the diagnosis. That could be as little as a slice of wheat bread/day, but someone who has been avoiding gluten can make the study less accurate. Just looking (endoscopy) is not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain/gurgling? Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain/gurgling?  Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Not likely: The location & description of your pain does not sound like a gallbladder attack.These attacks typically occur in the right-upper or upper-midline after eating( esp fatty foods), last for an hour or more, are assc. W/nausea +/- vomiting, and may radiate into the back.What you are describing sounds more like indigestion or irritable bowel. I recommend that you see your doctor for formal evaluation. ...Read more

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Can gastritis cause discomfort in upper right abdomen?

Can gastritis cause discomfort in upper right abdomen?

Yes: the stomach can refer pain to the upper right abdomen but also you need to consider the gallbladder and the liver. If increase pain see provider You can try OTC medications to see if it helps But see provider if increased pain nausea or other symptoms ...Read more

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Can problem with upper molar cause problems with parotid duct

Can problem with upper molar cause problems with parotid duct

Yes: The parotid duct enters the mouth adjacent to the upper first or second molar teeth. Infection in these teeth can cause swelling, redness and pain of the duct orifice and a dry mouth. See your dentist if this persists! ...Read more

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Could sjogren syndrome causes sever dysphagia and how this appear in upper GI series ?

Could sjogren syndrome causes sever dysphagia and how this appear in upper GI series ?

Yes: Upper GI series will show dysphagia but it wont necessarily show the cause. In sjogrens disease the cause of dysphagia can be due to dry throat, but can also be caused by inflammation in the brain stem. The latter might also cause other symptoms besides just dysphagia. ...Read more

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I have nauseous for a few weeks now and I'm not pregnant. I've been to the Dr they said it was a upper GI problem. But I don't know what to do.

I have nauseous for a few weeks now and I'm not pregnant. I've been to the Dr they said it was a upper GI problem. But I don't know what to do.

See answer: Among the causes for nausea are viral gastroenteritis, acute hepatitis, gastritis, GERD, gastroparesis and psychiatric causes. For more information on possible causes and Rx see> http://bit.ly/1S4Uupd/ Somethings that can relieve nausea: slow deep breathing, ginger tea or ginger ale. ...Read more

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Been having upper GI problems. Bloating, burning, nausea and vomiting. Pain that shooting through to the back and up to the right shoulder.

Been having upper GI problems. Bloating, burning, nausea and vomiting. Pain that shooting through to the back and up to the right shoulder.

Gallbladder: Sounds typical of gallbladder pain. However, several other possibilities including bile duct obstruction, duodenal or gastric ulcer, or gerd (acid reflux). If the pain is severe, or these symptoms last more than 1-2 days, you should see a doctor in person. ...Read more

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What to do if I have GI problems. Weird bms?

See your PCP: Recent studies showed an increased likelihood of gastrointestinal conditions and BMS, but the exact etiology of BMS remains unknown. There is no cure for BMS. See your PCP for evaluation, diagnosis and management GI problems and BMS. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having GI problems. weird bms?

See your PCP: Recent studies showed an increased likelihood of gastrointestinal conditions and BMS, but the exact etiology of BMS remains unknown. There is no cure for BMS. See your PCP for evaluation, diagnosis and management GI problems and BMS. ...Read more

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What are some GI problems associated with ageing?

What are some GI problems associated with ageing?

Mind & Body: Your brain gets older and you begin to forget & watch out for short term memory loss & forgetfulness. Difficulty in learning & understanding new concepts. Getting stuck in old ways. Senility & alzheimers. Deteriorating sight & hearing. Reaction time is increased, concerns when driving. Physically weaker & less endurance. High blood pressure. Needing fewer calories in diet. Brittle & broken bones. ...Read more

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What is the risk of flying with severe GI problems?

What is the risk of flying with severe GI problems?

Depends on problem: This depends on the nature of the problem. For a serious problem such as significant rectal bleeding, delay in treatment could have serious consequences; if one were to collapse from blood loss on an airplane, there would not be sufficient opportunity for fluid resuscitation until landing. ...Read more

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What to do about really bad GI problems please help me?

What to do about really bad GI problems please help me?

Happy to help but...: ...can you first elaborate on what you mean by "really bad GI problems" please? ...Read more

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Can over-salivation be the result of any GI problems? It seems to happen every two to three weeks for a couple of days. Thank you.

Can over-salivation be the result of any GI problems? It seems to happen every two to three weeks for a couple of days. Thank you.

No: this is more a result of intra-oral problems (as is under salivation) Start by consulting your Dentist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How are GI problems connected to sinusitis?

How are GI problems connected to sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Sometimes postnasal drip can give people an upset stomach (after it is swallowed). I cannot think of any other relationship. Feel better. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to colonoscopies to diagnose GI problems?

Yes, but...: There are alternatives to the colonoscopy, such at ct colonography, which utilizes a ct scan to look at your colon. However, for GI problems, depending on symptomatology, one might need an upper endoscopy, upper GI study with small bowel follow through, pill endoscopy, or transit time studies. Make sure you are evaluated by your physician who can help you decide which test would be best. ...Read more

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Sympgoms of GI tract infections or problems?

Try these...: The GI tract can signal its distress with: nausea, vomiting, cramping, gassiness, belching, sharp/stabbing versus dull throbbing pain, hunger, burning/pyrosis, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, obstructive symptoms, fullness, diarrhea, constipation, or any change in baseline stooling, bleeding (either upper GI or lower GI related), abdominal tenderness, distension, rectal discomfort. More... ...Read more

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Can lupus cause GI problems?

Yes: There are several GI issues associated with lupus. The most significant issues are related to vasculitis of abdominal vessels. ...Read more

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How long does it take for creon to work on GI problems?

A very short time: Creon works locally in the GI track. It is not absorbed and does not accumulate in the system. The important thing is to take enough of the drug. As much as 10 pills before meals may be needed for an effect. ...Read more

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Is it possible for long term use of Effexor (venlafaxine) to cause severe GI problems?

Reversible: Alot of the psychiatric medications can cause GI side effects. Usually constipation is a problem. This is because there is alot of serotonergic innerevation in the GI system, maybe even more than the brain. But, the bowels usually adapt, and if not they normalize when the med is discontinued. ...Read more

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Can crohns be misdiagnosed? If so what are some crohns symptoms that are related to another GI problem.

Can crohns be misdiagnosed? If so what are some crohns symptoms that are related to another GI problem.

Crohn's Disease: The GI tract's response to disease is limited to just a few symptoms, regardless of underling pathology--nausea/vomiting, bloating/fullness, pain, constipation/diarrhea. Loss of weight, tenderness, fever, bloody diarrhea however raise concern for inflammation of any cause, of which crohn's disease is one. Crohn's can however involve any part of the GI tract--from mouth to anus. Second opinion? ...Read more

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What is used to thicken water and any potential GI or other health problems with drinking thickened water?

Thickened water: I would like to help but I do not know what you mean by " thickened water" In general, based on your clinical findings listed as history of kidney stones?? you should see your nephrologist and certainly drink regular water only ...Read more