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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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What is a best vitamin for dizzyness?

What is a best vitamin for dizzyness?

None.: There is no good vitamin for 'dizzy" there is no bad vitamin either. Best to find out why you are dizzy and treat it specifically. ...Read more

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What's the best vitamin for men. Im 28.

What's the best vitamin for men. Im 28.

A good Quality: Multivitamin with trace minerals. If you eat red meat, your iron is level is probably ok. If you don't eat red meat you might want to add an iron supplement. I also tell my patients to take 3-5, 000 iu of vitamin d between sept, and april. ...Read more

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Is "nature made" a trusted vitamin company?!

Nature Made: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What is the best chewable vitamin for women?

What is the best chewable vitamin for women?

It depends: It depends on your age and menstrual status, plus other factors. If menstruating you want some iron in it; if not, you don't. You also want natural vit e (d-tocopherol, not dl which is synthetic); no more than 2500 iu pre-formed vit a. Also 1000iu vit d. I haven't found a chewable vitamin that contains all this, but maybe nature's way alive adult multi-vitamin gummy comes closer than others. ...Read more

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Can you take too much of a particular vitamin?

Can you take too much of a particular vitamin?

Yes: Fat soluble vitamins like a, e, d and k can accumulate and become toxic. Get educated about vitamins or consult with a competent nutritionist. ...Read more

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Is a daily vitamin really helpful for adults ?

Is a daily vitamin really helpful  for adults ?

Yes: The vast majority of americans do not get adequate vitamins and minerals from their diets. Quoting a position paper by the american medical association "recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins, even well above those causing deficiency syndromes, are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis." more quotes below in my comment:. ...Read more

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Is vitamin really that important for your health?

Is vitamin really that important for your health?

No: If you eat a healthy, well-balanced, high-quality diet and have no other medical problems, you most likely don't need vitamin supplements. Also, most grains, milk, and table salt is already fortified per usda regulations. However, there are periods in one's life in which extra supplementation of certain vitamins is needed, e.g., pregnancy or chance of getting pregnant. Ask your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What vitamin is recommended for a middle-aged woman?

What vitamin is recommended for a middle-aged woman?

Depends: Women are often low in b, d, iron (low ferritin stores due to chronic periods and pregnancies) at this age as well as needing fish oil and co q 10. You can get further testing to see what you are low in. ...Read more

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What exactly is pangamic acid? Is it a vitamin and do we really need it?

What exactly is pangamic acid? Is it a vitamin and do we really need it?

Controversial supp: Pangamic acid is a natural substance found in some foods.It is called Vitamin B15 by some but not officially recognized as a vitamin by most authorities as they do not believe it to be an essential nutrient.It's used in Russia to treat a wide variety of health issues (including high LDL) but is banned as a supplement in the US despite lack of any evidence it's toxic. See http://tinyurl.com/onuhcdf ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

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