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Upper Gi Tests
Endoscopy, imaging: Both upper and lower GI exams and tests include endoscopy and imaging (with or without a contrast medium) to get a clear picture of the structures of the area. Sometimes the doctor may take a tiny tissue biopsy to look at the microscopic structures and differentiation of the cells. In lower gi, the doctore may do a rectal exam with his fingers to check for growths and fecal blood. Good luck! ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severe pain.Tests coming up.GI will only prescribe pain Meds with diagnosis only. What can I say or do for him to give me something for pain?
Narcotics: have important indications. With abdominal pain, we don't prescribe antibiotics until we have a diagnosis for important reasons. We don't want to miss something that could get worse and make you very ill, and we don't want you to get addicted to narcotics for functional GI disease when it responds equally well to non-narcotic medications. ...Read more
I'm having feminine issues possibly related to gi. I don't have insurance. Is the ER more thorough with test analysis/cultures than planned p?
See below: Yes the er is better prepared for GI issues than pp. ...Read more
Hi my friend 50 year male smoker had a CEA of 11 gave him a colon test came out great but now they are giving an upper GI scope? To rule out what?
NEEDS EVALUATION: An elevated cea is worrisome, but sometimes non-specific especially in smokers. But now that they found it a work-up is in order, including checking the lungs of a smoker for lung cancer. Sometimes finding something is very difficult and he may need to be followed for a time until somethinng abnormal shows up. ...Read more
Hydrogen breath test: It is gold standard because it is the old and reliable test used todiagnose fructoce and lactose intolerance, and bacterial overgrowth syndrome and no other test comes close to it.But having said that the standardisind and interpretation of the test still remains difficult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does anesthesia show up on a drug test as a benzo?My son had an upper GI & 6 hrs later had a drug test and it came back positive for benzos.
Maybe: Sometimes the initial stage of anesthesia will include using benzodiazepines to prepare the patient quickly for insertion of the breathing tube.The inhaled "gas" is then used for the balance of the procedure. A check with the hospital records should document any drug used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If corn allergy has produced GI symptoms will an allergy test confirm or will it not likely show up? And is it worth it to do an allergy test?
Go to an allergist: Allergy to corn is no common, but can be severe. The tests for allergy to corn are not reliable. If an allergy specialist feels it is required the only proof of corn allergy would be in oral challenge.But this should be performed under the guidance of an allergist trained in doing food challenges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does a manometery test tell? The dr says my grandson may need to have his esophagus muscle cut. Narrowing of esophagus found in GI series.
Esophageal Pressure: Manometry allows for the measurement of the pressure within the esophagus along it's entire length. It allows for evaluation of the function of the esophagus or it's ability to propel a bolus of food from the pharynx to the stomach. Various forms of esophageal pathology can cause problems with swallowing and manometry allows for identification of this. It could "rule in/rule out" need for surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My barium swallow results are confusing .Now I have been told 2 c a GI dr. Can i ask 4 another barium swallow test first? Just 2 b sure 1 is correct
I wouldn't: Depends on what the conflicting results are, but if things are confusing, it's probably a good idea to see a GI doctor. ...Read more
My 12 year old is severly constipated. She went to have a GI test done last monday where she had to drink a thick white drink. What can I do to help?
Barium Constipation: Barium used for the test probably caused the constipation. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) over the counter could help but doesn't begin to effectively work for 2-3 days. Increase water intake to 6-8 glasses/day. Prunes & prune juice also of benefit. A stool softener to add moisture to the stool in pediatric dose(read labels carefully) should get things moving again. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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