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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.....?

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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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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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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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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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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I have problems like ibs-d (6 on bristol stool chart). My blood tests, upper gi, and allergy tests all came back good. Do i need a colonoscopy?

IBS is not just: The bowel as cause. The intestine is under automatic brain control and the mechanism is sensitive to compromised brain/body chemistry. The commonest cause is poor diet, especially all the sweets, including sweeteners. ...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.

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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Mucus in stool Everyday. GI dr says its ibs. Blood test and stool culture normal. Colonoscopy not done. Can ibs cause mucus in stool Everyday?

Mucus in stool Everyday. GI dr says its ibs. Blood test and stool culture normal. Colonoscopy not done. Can ibs cause mucus in stool Everyday?

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain for a month. Saw GI two weeks ago. Meds/dairy elim=unsuccessful. Should i get colonoscopy/endo that my gp rec. Or allergy test? I'm 23

Abdominal pain for a month. Saw GI two weeks ago. Meds/dairy elim=unsuccessful. Should i get colonoscopy/endo that my gp rec. Or allergy test? I'm 23

GI eval: Allergy testing for work-up of abdominal pain in absence of allergic symptoms i.e. Hives or oral allergy symptoms is rarely helpful. See your GI for further endoscopic evaluation. Good luck! ...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