Questions tagged [gastroenterology]

the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach and intestines.

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Why should I avoid milk when on antibiotics?

I'm taking antibiotics (specifically, amoxicillin clavulanate) to fight off an ear infection. As she prescribed my antibiotics, my doctor told me not to eat milk products for a few days, then only eat ...
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Why does it hurt to accidentally gulp air while drinking water?

Sometimes when I'm chugging water, I accidentally swallow a big gulp of air. It's extremely painful. As I understand it, water is less compressible than air and people inadvertently swallow air ...
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How does removal of the gallbladder affect life expectancy?

Is the gallbladder really just a rudimental organ? If I undergo cholecystectomy, will my life expectancy be shorter than normal because of that?
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux?

As many as 7% of Americans suffer from heartburn every day, and many more suffer it at least weekly. In the "old days", people with heartburn were advised to eat smaller meals, drink less alcohol, ...
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Can ulcer pain be distinguished from gallstone pain?

When referred to a gastroenterologist for intermittent pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen (slightly under the rib cage), my friend was told that she probably had an ulcer and the doctor ...
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Methods for dealing with gas pains?

The Internet is full of advice on how to prevent flatulence (e.g. diet changes), but no serious tips on how to get rid of gas once it's set in. Gas trapped in the colon can cause significant pain. ...
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How does the stomach handle liquid vs solid food?

I've read the the stomach must secrete HCl and pepsin to break down food. If I have an empty stomach, then drink a large amount of liquid, I wonder if the liquid passes quickly, or gets processed in ...
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Can GERD be caused by too little stomach acid?

Ever since the book, Why Stomach Acid is Good For You, I've wondered if it is true that GERD can be caused by too little, not too much, stomach acid. Is it possible that too little stomach acid can ...
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Gallstones pain relief?

What suggestions are there for pain relief caused by stones in the gallbladder, while waiting for surgery date? Placing something cold as an ice bag on the area, reduces the pain, and that helps, ...
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How to increase my gut bacteria? Are there any drugs available? [closed]

My digestive system does not properly digest the food I eat. I searched the Internet and found out that a lack of gut bacteria can cause this kind of problem. How can gut bacteria be increased? Are ...
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Is it possible to regain lost lactose tolerance?

I could perfectly digest dairy till the age of 35. One fine day when I went to doctor to ask about stomach problems I had in past some days that year, I was told that I am lactose intolerant. How did ...
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Lactulose and dental decay

Lactulose is an osmotic laxative made from the milk sugar lactose. It is non-absorbable in the gut, and so draws water into the gut by osmosis, with the aim of alleviating constipation. I have heard a ...
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Crohn's Disease - detection when in remission

Is it possible to detect and diagnose Crohn's when the patient doesn't have any symptoms? For example, the patient had symptoms for over a year, which are not longer present.
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body?

It's known that proton pumps exist in all cells in our bodies and help us to get rid of damaged proteins (present a disposal system). PPIs (omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole and ...
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How do anti-gas remedies work?

There are medicines for gas that you can give to children. How do they work? They are sold (in the US) over the counter indicating they are of low health risk, but are there any issues if to much is ...
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Does tea cause gags?

It's been a personal experience. I am at home now and take tea twice a day. For 2 months now I have been having acidity problems, which, my doctor told me, were the main reason I have been getting ...
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What health information does saliva contain?

Lets say I spit in a tube and send it into a lab for analysis. My question is, what kind of things can a lab detect in my spit? I know they can get your DNA for example. Or you can get some selection ...
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Why does gas cause pain?

If I have gas in my intestines, why does it hurt? The mayo clinic has a lot of words, that describe the how and why you get gas. Anything that causes intestinal gas or is associated with ...
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Eating egg shells: advantages v.s. disadvantages?

I am an engineer and a scientist, but not in the field of medicine or health. Partial answers/comments are welcome. Some of my family members start eating egg shells for the sake of obtaining ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for gastritis?

There is a question here on Health.SE What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux? I am curious of the recommended lifestyle modifications are different for ...
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What are the causes of Chronic Diarrhea?

What are the main causes for chronic diarrhea and frequent mouth ulcers when the following is true: Patient's hormones are normal Patient's endoscopy and colonoscopy are normal Patient does not have ...
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Gastrointestinal effect of EC/DR vs. plain naproxen

Is there any good literature that would strongly suggest (or even prove) that Naproxen EC/DR (enteric coated/delayed release) helps ease gastrointestinal discomfort associated with OTC Naproxen? ...
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Can a person eliminate lactose intolerance through extended exposure?

It sounds dangerous, or at least uncomfortable, but I have a friend who thinks drinking milk daily will help cure him of lactose intolerance. Are there any studies that indicate that prolonged ...
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How to detect colon cancer?

How can a person get to know that he/she is suffering from colon cancer? What are the symptoms, and how long does it take for them to appear?
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What happened to all the centers for hiatus hernia?

I have been doing much research for years on the esophageal hiatal hernia. I found exactly one paper on-line (from the US military, I believe, I cannot relocate it) that mentioned in passing that ...
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How does water intake with meals influence digestion? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out how water intake during meals effects digestion. Particularly, what volumes of water would inhibit digestion versus benefit digestion. Additionally, if water benefits the ...
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Does fried food cause gastritis and other gastrointestinal tract illnesses?

And why exactly fried food is bad for heath? Simply because of the crust scratching the stomach?
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Effect of laxatives on pre-existing hard stool

I wonder if laxative medicines are able to soften pre-existing hard stool in colon or merely prevent them from being formed. I searched on the internet but found no helpful information. Sorry if the ...
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Is Pentasa an immunosuppressive drug?

Is Pentasa an immunosuppresive drug? I want to know because my brother has been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.
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Why stomach ulcer need more than one antibiotic at the same time?

Almost all treatment recommendation for gastritis, duodenitis or peptic ulcer that has Helicobacter pylori, calls for 2 or 3 antibiotic at the same time, why is that ? Why not use a single effective ...
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Colorectal examinations

This question was sparked by this discussion about the sigmoid and rectum. When looking at the colorectal medical examination techniques, for want of a better term, there are the sopical examinations (...
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What protective mechanisms against lead absorption are present in adults but not fully developed in children?

According to this summary, adults typically absorb up to 20% of ingested lead after a meal, whereas children typically absorb up to 50% of ingested lead after a meal. When I search to try to find out ...
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Does vomiting while feeling nausea from stomach flu make it easier or harder for the body to recover?

I was talking with somebody who believes that when having stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and feeling nausea, you should try to vomit. This person's theory is that the stomach flu virus makes some foods ...
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How long does someone with acid reflux who's just eaten have to wait before drinking water?

A friend recently told me that GERD patients (acid reflux) should not drink water with meals. I found an article that explains the reasoning. Basically, water dilutes the stomach acid required for ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation - Soluble Fibre Foods [closed]

I've heard that a recommended diet for constipation related to irritable bowel syndrome is to increase the amount of soluble and decrease the amount of insoluble fiber. I have a trouble understanding ...
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Hitler's physician Morrel prescribed a drug that contained e. coli -- was this unusual in those days?

It is my understanding that Hitler's physician, T. Morell, who was essentially a "feel good" like Max Jacobson (although maybe still acting within accepted practice in the days when powerful drugs ...
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Loperamide POM Medication

If you look at the following image from Pharmacy2u, this box of Loperamide Tablets is POM (See the POM in a rectangle on the left). Image from Pharmacy2u When you consider that this box of 2mg ...
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Is an annual stomach x-ray (barium meal) an acceptable radiation risk for a resident of Japan?

I live in Japan. Here, it is common for an annual health checkup to include a barium meal stomach x-ray, especially for people over 35, but sometimes younger. A gastroenterologist told me that this ...
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Can your rectum atrophy after a long time of inactivity?

A colectomy and subsequent ileostomy are surgeries that involve removing the large bowel (colon) and creating an opening in the abdomen for food waste to go through the small intestine and out of the ...
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How does gallbladder removal affects fat digestion?

If I understand correctly, the sole purpose of the gallbladder is to store extra bile that is opportunely released in order to properly digest fat. When the gallbladder is removed, what happens when ...
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Is honey elemental nutrition, if not why not?

In elemental drinks liquid nutrition is given to patients with ingredients that do not require eznzyme to break them down or any digestive activity. To my knowledge honey contains monosachiride sugar ...
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Causes of polypoid foveolar hyperplasia

Six years ago during an endoscopy, the gastroenterologist noted that he had seen a small nodule forming in my stomach. A recent endoscopy revealed 3 nodules. The biopsies showed that they were benign,...
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What is alkaline food's actual impact on internal ph regulation?

Dozens of sites throughout the internet nowadays, seemingly concerning nutrition, essentially try to convey the same message: alkaline food helps to regulate your internal pH. Having read some ...
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Can Helicobacter pylori be transmitted through saliva?

I was wondering if you can get Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that can cause gastritis and ulcers) by kissing a person, if that person is infected with it?
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MRI scans for diagnosing Crohn's disease?

How effective/accurate are MRI scans of the small intestine for diagnosing Crohn's disease?
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What is the size of biopsy specimens pinched from normal colon mucosa?

To investigate certain types of inflammation, during a colonoscopy, a doctor might pinch off normal-looking mucosa at a number of locations for subsequent microscopic examination. What is the size of ...
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Causes of GERD when not responding to weight loss or PPIs

I have had symptoms of silent reflux for 5 months now and finally did a 24-hour esophageal pH monitor that confirmed I have reflux. I'm in my 30s, I am 40 lbs overweight (which I know is bad, but I'm ...
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Do higher amounts of alcohol (beer) help gastritis?

I was at a party and despite my gastritis symptoms I decided to have a couple of drinks. I drank 1.2l (5.US customary cups). At first (after one or two cups) I felt pain and bloating, but after ...
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How to schedule bowel movements? [closed]

I've had trouble sleeping for nearly 6 years now. I have had this lingering suspicion that maybe my sleep issues might have something to do with digestion but only recently confirmed it by keeping a ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

Are there ~simple means to reduce risk of GI (gastro-intestinal) bleeding associated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)(ie aspirin) - besides the common-sense answers?: Take with ...