Questions tagged [gastroenterology]

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

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Does a doctor who does endoscopies just do endoscopies?

I just spent a half hour in a gastroenterologist's office talking with him about my history, problems, diet, etc. and getting a basic physical exam. He wants to do an upper endoscopy. Is it normal ...
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Enlarged Spleen

Since I have been detected with an enlarged spleen I have wanted to know: What are the discomforts caused by an enlarged spleen? Are there any symptoms to identify such a case?
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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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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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Constipation during cold weather

I'm a Male late twenties living in the tropics. Over the past couple of years I get very bad constipation during the cold season. Drinking more water / fibre doesn't seem to help much. What is the ...
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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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Can longterm anxiety (fear of disease-nosemaphobia) cause chronic gastritis [closed]

I've had chronic gastritis (with a healed ulcer and 2 times erosive gastritis) for over 6 years now. I've also had 4 gastroscopy procedures. I can't find the cause of it up to this date. From the ...
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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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Do stomach flu has some benefits?

I recently had stomach flu. I think I feel even better than before having the stomach flu. Could gastroenteritis be beneficial for the organism and serve as a reset and a path to default wellness?
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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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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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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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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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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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Do you suggest HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis?

I've been searching about HBOT treatment for a while. I found many sources & researches but couldn't be sure %100. It is a real solution or it can replace with medicines? For example: http://www....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Testing intestinal flora in transverse colon

I have a theory that the transverse colon can be overpopulated with intestinal flora that, when fed sugar, overproduce CO2 and cause bloating/pain specifically in and around the hepatic flexure. Has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does FPIES ever present with widespread non-specific intolerance?

FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) is a non-IgE mediated response to proteins. We have an infant that has had classic severe acute FPIES reaction to poultry. In addition, every food ...
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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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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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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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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 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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