Common questions & answers
Why should you visit a Gastroenterologist?
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist doctor who treats diseases of stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum etc. Your primary care doctor or a physician may recommend you a gastroenterologist after analyzing and diagnosing your condition for a better result. Your gastro doctor may recommend you for some other test and screening to accurately diagnose and treat your gut diseases.
When should you visit a Gastroenterologist?
The stomach is as sensitive part of the body as other organs. You need to pay special care and attention to your gut too, for better health and prevent future complications. There is a saying that if your gut is healthy, your brain works effectively. So, it is important to make sure you visit a gastroenterologist on experiencing any changes in bowel movement, abdominal pain, constipation, ulcer, skin, eye color, appetite, blood in stool, concentration etc.
What are some of the most common symptoms of liver diseases?
There are wide range of symptoms you might experience on having liver problem. Some of the symptoms are dark urine, pale-colored stool, leakage, acidity, heart burn, abdominal pain, bloating, excessive gas, esophageal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, yellowish skin and eye, itchy skin, bad breath, blemishes, red palms etc.
What causes liver disease?
According to expert Gastroenterologist, liver diseases can occur at any age and to any person. And, its causes also vary. Patients with diabetes, hepatitis B or C, hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease are more prone to develop liver diseases. Too much alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption, weak immune system also put people at risk of developing liver disease. Exposure to toxins, obesity, infected vaccines and old age are also some top causes.
What kind of tests you may undergo for the diagnosis of gastric diseases?
Your gastro surgeon may recommend you lab and imaging test which include fecal occult blood test, stool culture, imaging tests, barium beefsteak meal, colorectal transit study, computed tomography scan (ct or cat scan), defecography, lower gi (gastrointestinal), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mrcp, radioisotope gastric-emptying scan, ultrasound, upper gi (gastrointestinal) series, anorectal manometry, gastric manometry, esophageal manometry etc.
What causes stomach ulcer?
Stomach ulcer occurs due to an infection that cause sore in the stomach or intestine. Its symptoms include pain in stomach, weight loss, vomiting, heartburn, anemia, dark stools, bloating etc. One of the most common causes of stomach ulcer is bacterial infection. Other causes include heavy alcohol consumption, smoking, psychological stress, clinical depression etc.