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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Carcinoid (Definition)

Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive ...Read more


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What are the vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to having a hemi-colectomy?

What are the vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to having a hemi-colectomy?

None: Vitamins and minerals are absorbed in the small intestine and not the colon. So unlikely to develop vitamin or trace mineral deficiency. An electrolyte abnormality may ensue but the patient and the doctor would know this as the symptoms would not go unnoticed. ...Read more

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I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

Should be okay: Birth control pills are mostly absorbed in the stomach. As long as you don't have any other bowel motility issues, you should receive an effective dose of hormone from the pill. On the other hand, there are many alternative contraceptives that you may consider. ...Read more

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Should you take daily vitamins other than a multi-v?

Should you take daily vitamins other than a multi-v?

Opinion divided : Conflicting information about this. In my practice I do nutritional lab testing to see if my patients need supplementation. ...Read more

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What is a carcinoid flush?

What is a carcinoid flush?

Vasodilation: Flushing is due to the release of peptides into the circulation that cause dilation of blood vessels. It is characteristic of carcinoid syndrome and can be very unsettling for the patient. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Carcinoid?

What is the definition or description of: Carcinoid?

Neuroendocrine tumor: Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive to chemo and RT, ...Read more

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What is carcinoid syndrome?

Episodes of Flushing: It is a complex of symptoms caused by carcinoid tumors once they have spread into the liver. Most patients experience hot flashes and diarrhea because the tumor produced excess of chemicals like serotonin. ...Read more

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How can I take vitamin correctly?

How can I take vitamin correctly?

Please clarify: Your question is a bit vague & thus hard to answer. Need for vitamins will vary based on one's health, age, sex & diet. While there is no substitute for a healthy diet, wise use of supplements may improve immune function & help prevent heart disease, cancer, birth defects etc. I believe every adult should take about 5000 u of vit d during fall & winter. A good quality multivit. Will benefit many. ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

It can mean removal of part or complete colon with ...Read more