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When would you use an upper/lower GI series instead of endoscopy/colonoscopy?

When would you use an upper/lower GI series instead of endoscopy/colonoscopy?

Too sick: If you were too sick for the 2 procedures i.e. Severe end-stage COPD would put you at risk for the sedation or severe blood abnormalities in which case the non-invasiveness of both GI series would make those 2 tests more attractive. Also, sometimes endoscopes are not physically able to be performed due to anatomical variations. Gi aries could get around this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Best see GP: Sometimes situations like this one require a broader, more holistic perspective, such as what you would get from your pediatrician, internist or gp. Check out your concerns with your generalist. ...Read more

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My husband has been in and out of hospitals he's had a colonoscopy and an upper GI he is vomiting green bile stomach pain lower leftand weight loss ?

My husband has been in and out of hospitals he's had a colonoscopy and an upper GI he is vomiting green bile stomach pain lower leftand weight loss ?

Call doc: If the vomiting started again, and he can;t keep anything down, call his doc or head to the ER if nothing is working to stop it. Later, consider a second opinion if you both are not happy with the information currently given you. ...Read more

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Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis.Constant pain in lower abdomen since.Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis.Constant pain in lower abdomen since.Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Discuss with GI MD: We can not answer without knowing more details of the cause of your sigmoid colon to be removed, the pain may be related to the underlying condition and even with normal cat scan you may need further testing like colonoscopy? So i will suggest you consult your gastroenterologist for your stabbing/dull pain. ...Read more

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Hes had upper GI colonoscopy cat scn X rays no diagnosis vomiting green bile left lower stomach pain and weight loss. Doctors dont know what's wrong?

Hes had upper GI colonoscopy  cat scn X rays no diagnosis vomiting green bile left lower stomach pain and weight loss. Doctors  dont know what's wrong?

Keep pursuing: Hi. I'm sorry. He sounds sick. The fact that nothing diagnostic has been done yet rules out certain things, which lets the diagnostician consider other causes and what to do next. Something will eventually turn up, or the problem will resolve itself. Good luck to him. ...Read more

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63 year-old woman still has continuous mild stomach pain affecting her daily life, despite 3 yrs of medical treatment for gastritis found after.....?

Cause of pain?: From the description, I'm not convinced the pain is from the gastritis. Further workup is needed. If not already done, I'd start with a current H&P, followed by new more thorough labs and/or a CT of the abdomen. ...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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Are there any alternatives to colonoscopies to diagnose GI problems?

Are there any alternatives to colonoscopies to diagnose GI problems?

Yes, but...: There are alternatives to the colonoscopy, such at ct colonography, which utilizes a ct scan to look at your colon. However, for GI problems, depending on symptomatology, one might need an upper endoscopy, upper GI study with small bowel follow through, pill endoscopy, or transit time studies. Make sure you are evaluated by your physician who can help you decide which test would be best. ...Read more

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