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Identifying & Combatting Colorectal Cancer

 

Colorectal Cancer is the second most common cancer. If diagnosed earlier, the cancer is curable with colonoscopy or surgical resection. However, once the tumor has spread to regional lymph nodes, liver or lung life expectancy is reduced. Several options are available for colon cancer screening. The stool testing for guaiac has largely been replaced by […]


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Fatty Liver Disease – Testing & Treatments

 

With effective treatment of Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B, fatty liver is now the most common cause of liver disease in the US. Although it has no clear cause, fatty liver is linked to obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, heart disease, and elevated cholesterol. Certain ethnic groups, especially Hispanics, have a higher prevalence of fatty liver.  […]


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Colorectal Cancer – Am I At Risk

 

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is a common and lethal disease. It is estimated that 100,000 cases of CRC are diagnosed in the US annually. Approximately 53,000 Americans are expected to die of CRC every year. Although the mortality rate of CRC is decreasing, it remains the third most common cause of cancer-related death in women and […]


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Tackling Chornic Ulcerative Colitis

 

Chronic Ulcerative Colitis (CUC) is an inflammatory disease involving the distal colon, although it may extend to involve the entire colon. CUC is characterized by diarrhea commonly associated with rectal bleeding and colicky abdominal pain. Urgency is severe and involves the entire colon; colonic dilation may occur, resulting in perforation. Any type of bloody diarrhea […]


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Gastric Bypass and Vitamin and Micronutrient Deficiency

 

With the national obesity epidemic, bariatric surgery is commonly performed. Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery require lifelong vitamin and mineral supplementation. Consultation with a GI specialist regarding malabsorption of vitamins and minerals will prevent the development of these complications. After Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), a long portion of the proximal small bowel is bypassed. […]


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Diagnosing H Pylori

 

Helicobacter Pylori Infection (H Pylori) is the most prevalent chronic bacterial infection. This infection is associated with chronic stomach inflammation, stomach and duodenal ulceration, and stomach atrophy. Having this infection increases your risk of developing gastric cancer and gastric lymphoma (M A L T). H pylori is often diagnosed by upper endoscopy by a GI […]


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Acute Diarrhea- Possible Causes & Cures

 

Most cases of acute diarrhea are mild and in short duration. These cases are most often viral and require no specific treatment. However, diarrhea accompanied by high fever, bloody stool, and severe pain could cause a bacterial infection. Because of this, an evaluation by a GI specialist is needed. Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter are the most common […]


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Identifying Crohn’s Disease

 

Chron’s Disease (CD) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by transmural inflammation of the bowel. Although CD can involve any segment of the GI tract, the ileum and cecum’s involvement is most common. If this occurs, the patient’s symptoms would include right lower abdominal pain, fever, and watery diarrhea. Fistula formation caused by […]


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