Posts Tagged ‘endoscopy’

Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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Cobiprostone helps prevent Gastric Ulcers from anti-inflammatory drugs

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Digestive Disease Week 2010 in New Orleans

Last month in New Orleans the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) convention was held.   Gastroenterologists nationwide attended DDW to share insight about the ever evolving practice of treating gastrointestinal diseases and research findings that could be potential game-changers. As they say, it was a place for gastroenterologists to turn science into medicine.

The Wall Street Journal reported that during DDW pharmaceutical company Sucampo Pharmaceuticals presented the results of their phase 2 clinical trial of cobiprostone, an investigational drug, for the prevention of gastric ulcers and other gastrointestinal injuries in patients treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  Byron Cryer, M.D., the principal investigator in the trial said, “These data demonstrate that cobiprostone may be a new strategy for prevention of gastrointestinal injury in patients receiving NSAIDs. If successfully developed for this indication, cobiprostone would protect a large number of patients.”
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How to avoid Heartburn symptoms from GERD

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Millions of Americans suffer from Gastroesophoageal Reflux Disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid-reflux or heartburn. Treating the heartburn is easier than you may think: “You don’t always have to avoid your favorite foods,” however Dr. Baradarian suggests better understanding of the disease can help you avoid its painful symptoms.

Common symptoms of heartburn include burning sensation in your lower chest  or even a sour taste in your mouth, although many patients may not experience any symptoms at all.  That’s why it’s important to check with your doctor, like our team of Gastroenterologists, to identify the best treatment which will alleviate your symptoms.
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The Case for Early Intensive Resuscitation for UGIB

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Despite advances in the treatment and understanding of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), as well as advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy the mortality rate of UGIB still remains consistently high. One thought has been that early resuscitation can be the answer to what remains a persistent killer. To prove this point a team of doctors from Maimonides Medical Center tried to figure out what methods work in the intensive resuscitation process and what remains an inefficient tactic.

Thirty-six males and thirty-six females aged 21-94 were enrolled in the study, with each person suffering from either peptic ulcers, melena, hematemesis, or massive hematochezia with a positive nasogastric aspiate for blood. The patients were split into two groups, one that offered intensive resuscitation methods, and one that offered mere observation. Over the next 4 months they were monitored accordingly.
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