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July 23, 2015
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In some cases, you may be referred for a gastroscopy to look inside your stomach directly and see whether you have a stomach ulcer.

The procedure involves passing a thin, flexible tube (an endoscope) with a camera at one end into your mouth and down into your stomach and first section of the small intestine (duodenum). You may be given a mild sedative injection before the procedure and have your throat sprayed with a local anaesthetic to make it more comfortable to pass the endoscope.

The images taken by the camera will usually confirm or rule out an ulcer. A small tissue sample may also be taken from your stomach or duodenum, so it can be tested for the H. pylori bacteria. A gastroscopy is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure, which means you won't have to spend the night in clinic.

 


July 23, 2015
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Intestinal failure occurs when your intestines can't digest food and absorb the fluids, electrolytes and nutrients essential to live.

Intestinal failure is most often caused by short bowel syndrome, a problem that affects people who have had half or more of their small intestine removed due to injury or surgery to treat conditions such as trauma or mesenteric artery thrombosis. Intestinal failure also may be caused by digestive disorders, such as Crohn's disease or chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudoobstruction syndrome, which causes the bowel to malfunction.

 


Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors affecting the gastrointestinal tract; however, they account for 0.1 to 3% of all gastrointestinal malignancies. GISTs originate from peacemaker cells known as interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) that are found in the gastrointestinal tract, whose function is to control gut motility. GISTs express the transmembrane receptor c-kit (CD117), which has a tyrosine kinase activity and is codified by c-kit protooncogene. In general, the ligand for c-kit receptor is the stem cell factor (scf). Gastrointestinal stromal tumors can occur anywhere along the length of the digestive tract, however, the most frequent sites for these types of tumors to arise are: the stomach (70%), the small intestine (20%) and the esophagus, the colon and the rectum (10%). Sometimes they also occur in the omentum, the mesentery or the peritoneal cavity. The people with a higher incidence to suffer from GISTs are those who are between 50 and 70 years old, its prevalence being equal both in men and women.


July 13, 2015
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Your sweet tooth may affect more than just your waistline. The caffeine contained in chocolate may trigger heartburn and IBS symptoms in people prone to digestive disorders. What’s more, like coffee, chocolate is also a diuretic, which can result in loose stool or diarrhea.

 


July 13, 2015
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Did you know? The liver is the largest organ in the body and performs more than 500 functions.


Before a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam, you'll need to clean out your colon. Any residue in your colon may obscure the view of your colon and rectum during the exam. To empty your colon, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. You may be asked to:

  1. Follow a special diet the day before the exam. Typically, you won't be able to eat the day before the exam. Drinks may be limited to clear liquids — plain water, broth, carbonated beverages, and tea and coffee without milk or cream. You may not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.
  2. Take a laxative the night before the exam. The laxative will be in either pill or liquid form.
  3. Use an enema kit. In some cases, you may need to use an over-the-counter enema kit — either the night before the exam or a few hours before the exam — to empty your colon. Or you may be asked to take two enemas at home the morning of the procedure.
  4. Adjust your medications. Remind your doctor of your medications at least a week before the exam — especially if you have diabetes, if you take medications or supplements that contain iron, or if you take aspirin or other blood thinners. You may need to adjust your dosages or stop taking the medication temporarily.

July 01, 2015
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Drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, colas, tea and some fizzy drinks, boost acid in the stomach leading to heartburn in some people. Fizzy drinks in general tend to bloat the tummy, which can also lead to heartburn.

To make digestive problems less likely, choose drinks that aren’t fizzy and don’t contain caffeine, such as herbal teas, milk and plain water. If you can’t do without your coffee or builder’s tea, limit your intake to one or two cups a day.


Did you know? The whole digestive tract is over 29 feet long, starting at the mouth and ending at the anus.

 



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