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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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Difference between gastric ulcer and gastric erosion?

Difference between gastric ulcer and gastric erosion?

The definition: Ulcer is defined as erosion greater than half a centimeter. Hope it helps.

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Colonoscopy -small ulcers in the terminal ileum. Biopsy confirms focal ileitis with superficial erosion, but no specific cause identified. What next?

Colonoscopy -small ulcers in the terminal ileum. Biopsy confirms focal ileitis with superficial erosion, but no specific cause identified. What next?

Consult GI: Most common causes are crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There are several medications which can be helpful besides diet (gluten free). You should discuss these with the gastroenterologist. If not satisfied, you can always get a second opinion.

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Will capsule endoscopy identify cause of ulcers in terminal ileum seen in colonoscopy. Biopsy confirmed focal ileitis with superficial erosion?

Will capsule endoscopy identify cause of ulcers in terminal ileum seen in colonoscopy. Biopsy confirmed focal ileitis with superficial erosion?

Capsule endoscopy is: For small bowel evaluation where upper or lower endoscopy can't reach. It may give you information regarding the rest of small bowel. Its usually done to look for small bowel lesions or to find the source of a bleed where egd/colonoscopy is negative. In your case the better test is mr enetrography or a ct abd/pel with volumen contrast. Your GI doc should decide on further testing.

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Is scattered antral erosions gastritis or ulcers? Been on prilosec for 3yrs for reflux. Not sure how I got them being medicated. Should Dr. Up my dose

Is scattered antral erosions gastritis or ulcers? Been on prilosec for 3yrs for reflux. Not sure how I got them being medicated. Should Dr. Up my dose

"Erosions": Usually refer to gastritis rather than ulcerations...As far as the development of this in the face of PRILOSEC therapy I would ask your treating GI Doc about possible H PYLORI INFECTION..... Hope this is helpful Dr Z

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Erosive fundal gastritis and acute dudenol ulcers is endoscopy report shows, is it dangerous it may turn into cancer please let me know the details?

Erosive fundal gastritis and acute dudenol ulcers is endoscopy report shows, is it dangerous it may turn into cancer please let me know the details?

Need more informatio: First, stop drinking alcohol. Next, need to know what the biopsy showed. In the us most all ulcers are benign, especially at age 35. I do not know the incidence of gastric cancer in india though. Ask your doctor as to what the biopsy showed ; get medical treatment for the ulcer ; gastritis. May need repeat endoscopy to confirm healing later.

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Diagnosed marked antral gastritis & pylorus gastric erosion w-tiny ulcers I can eat small amount, else I have nausea Do I have to force myself to eat?

Diagnosed marked antral gastritis & pylorus gastric erosion w-tiny ulcers I can eat small amount, else I have nausea Do I have to force myself to eat?

Special circumstance: For someone in your condition, it is best to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to ensure you receive nutrition throughout the day. This will allow you to receive the nutrients throughout the day without feeling nauseated or heavy. This will prevent the heartburn if you eat something every 3-4 hours throughout the day until the ulcers heal. Have you taken antibiotics for the h.Pylori?

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Had endoscopy done last year showed small ulcer and small duodenal erosion had oral thrush recently do I need another endoscopy?

Had endoscopy done last year showed small ulcer and small duodenal erosion had oral thrush recently do I need another endoscopy?

Yes, if symptamatic: Your oral thrush most likely is unrelated to your peptic ulcer, you are on treatment for a year. Yes you should have endoscopy to make sure ulcer healed.

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How do I know what caused my ulcers? I have scattered ulcers and erosions, erythema, congestion in the whole stomach and the doctors don't know why....

How do I know what caused my ulcers? I have scattered ulcers and erosions, erythema, congestion in the whole stomach and the doctors don't know why....

Keep seeing dr: Sometimes we don't find the exact answers to what caused problem. With ulcers-most common cause is a bacteria called h. Pylori. This can be tested for best on biopsy from the ulcer or near it- but can also be found in stool & blood & on breath test. People who take a lot of inflammation meds like aspirin, goody, advil (ibuprofen) or steroids can get this. There is also a syndrome called zollinber ellison.

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2 egd in 2 mos. And bx grade c erosive esophagitis and 3 New gastric ulcers. On carafate (sucralfate) ppis and h2 blockers. Bx this time requiring more tests?

2 egd in 2 mos. And bx grade c erosive esophagitis and 3 New gastric ulcers. On carafate (sucralfate) ppis and h2 blockers. Bx this time requiring more tests?

Break-thru ulcers...: ...despite appropriate acid suppression (as described) warrants consideration for cause. Further testing is warranted.

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Excessive intake of tobacco with more lime for years caused erosions in my duodenum & formed ulcers which lead me to fatigue, constant low fever & pai?

Excessive intake of tobacco with more lime for years caused erosions in my duodenum & formed ulcers which lead me to fatigue, constant low fever & pai?

Etiology: Not sure you are correct about the source of the current problems. Sounds as if you should see a gastroenterologist asap and get diagnosed and treated. Do not wait.

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What is the difference between an ulcer and a seroma and do they have the same systoms?

No: An ulcer is an open sore. A seroma is an accumulation of serum fluid underneath the skin. Though they can both cause pain, a seroma is usually not weepy whereas an ulcer is.

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What is the difference between pregnancy symptoms and ulcer symptoms? How can you tell?

What is the difference between pregnancy symptoms and ulcer symptoms? How can you tell?

See below.: Ulcer generally presents with upper abdominal pain which can either get better or worse with food. Pregnancy often presents with absent periods and : nausea or vomiting breast enlargement and tenderness increased urinary frequency without pain fatigue.

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What is the difference between feeling hungry and the aching from an ulcer?

Stomach pain: That is impossible to say. It would be subjective. An ulcer would most likely cause a lot of pain.

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What is the difference between undermining and tunneling in regards to stage 4 pressure ulcers?

What is the difference between undermining and tunneling in regards to stage 4 pressure ulcers?

They are the same: A stage 4 ulcer is the deepest type of pressure ulcer that forms over a pressure point due to diminished sensation and/or inability to move and relieve pressure. Examples are spinal cord injury patients or older stroke and debilitated bed-bound patients. Most vulnerable is the deepest (muscle) tissue, then the fat then the skin. This leads to the undermining seen at the base of the ulcer.

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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more