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Doctor insights on: What Is A Upper Gi Test

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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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Is a GI test the same as haveing a colonoscopy test

Is a GI test the same as haveing   a colonoscopy  test

Not really: Gi test can include colonoscopy. It includes a whole gamut of testing. Colonoscopy, endoscopy, barium enema, barium swallow are some of them. ...Read more

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Does a fit test detect blood from upper and lower GI tract?

Does a fit test detect blood from upper and lower GI tract?

FIT test: The fecal immunochemical test, while not perfect, generally does not test digested blood from the upper GI tract or from food. It is fairly specific for intact human hemoglobin, thus testing only blood originating below the stomach, typically blood coming from polyps which are more friable than regular colon lining. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to drink coffee before a GI medical test?

Is it possible for you to drink coffee before a GI medical test?

Check with: Check with your doctor before your GI procedure for specific instructions of bowel preparation. You should have been given a handout outlining do's and don'ts before your GI procedure. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wife had a CBC test and dr. had her take an upper and lower gi. test came back ok.?

What do you suggest if my wife had a CBC test and dr. had her take an upper and lower gi. test came back ok.?

CBC repeat: Based on the information provided, your physician may have been concerned that there was a GI source of bleeding leading to the diagnosis of anemia. If anemia was the concern, I would advise checking the smear and looking for other causes as well. ...Read more

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Saw GI for positive iFOB test who scheduled upperGI/colonoscopy. Given that I'm young, I don't see why this is necessary unless things worsen?

Saw GI for positive iFOB test who scheduled upperGI/colonoscopy. Given that I'm young, I don't see why this is necessary unless things worsen?

You should proceed: if this is your doctor's recommendation. Likelihood of finding a pathological condition that requires treatment is low b/c of your age, but it is not zero. ...Read more

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Honest opinion Went to s new GI he read my old charts and disagreed with crohns biopsy. Never did a phy exam saw him 3x just keeps ordering more test?

Different doctor: It would be reasonable to consult a different GI. If you live in a town that has a medical school, you may wish to see the GI specialist at the medical school. ...Read more

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Can an upper GI test pick up on laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Can an upper GI test pick up on laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Detects reflux: It can detect acid going into the lower esophagus or in rare cases higher up into the esophagus, but LPR is diagnosed by the history and physical findings on exam. Just because acid is seen going up high in the esophagus and possibly into the throat, doesn't mean you would have symptomatic LPR. Symptoms are pain, lump sensation, phlegm, constant clearing, dry cough, and hoarseness. Seen an ENT. ...Read more

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Child going to GI dr for possible chrons or celiac disease. What test will be done ?

Child going to GI dr for possible chrons or celiac disease. What test will be done ?

Blood, stool, ?scope: A history and physical exam will be most important. They will very likely start with blood tests. Often they get stool tests which can take a few days to come back. Based on all of this data they will decide on whether your child needs an endoscopy or colonoscopy which is a direct look in the bowels with a small camera. Good luck! ...Read more

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