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Upper Gi Tests
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
I saw GI for positive iFOB test. She wants to do both upper GI and colonoscopy. This seems very extreme.. Could I possibly wait it out instead?
NO: Blood in the stool is never something you can ignore. The gastroenterologist is correct ...Read more
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
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.?
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
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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