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First, we can't give advice specific to an individual on Health SE. See rules. BUT what I CAN do is help guide your next discussion with his doctor. (Those are great diagrams and will help your doctor when you and your dad go to see him/her. ) The first and most important question to understand is: why was he put on Prevacid (a protein pump inhibitor) in ...


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Only your healthcare provider can help diagnose and treat YOUR situation, so keep working with them on this. But what I can do is help reflect your own statements back to you. Regarding the recommendations that your doctor gave you: (1) You say you're not responding to weight loss - but that you are still 40 lbs overweight. You have reduced your ...


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Are PPIs effective in prevention of esophageal carcinoma in individuals with Barrett's esophagus? The evidence is conflicting; I listed it from yes to no. Acid-suppressive medications and risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett's oesophagus: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Gut, 2014): Based on meta-analysis of observational ...


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I would first and foremost attempt to lose weight; nevertheless, Endoscopy is not really the the optimal test to diagnose hiatal hernia. You should do a double-contrast Esophagus-Stomach-Duodenal X-Ray. As for what Gene said re: PPIs, it makes no sense. Their mechanism of action is to inhibit the chemical mechanism that allows the gastric parietal cells to ...


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