What is Pancreatitis? The pancreas is located behind the stomach and has two main jobs: it secretes insulin to help control blood sugar levels and produces enzymes that help with digestion. Acute Pancreatitis is the condition when the pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed and swollen, possibly causing pancreatic tissue damage. Chronic Pancreatitis occurs over time where […]

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By Dr. Andrew Heiner, MD Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is an endoscopic technique used by gastroenterologists to view and treat specific issues within the gallbladder and the pancreatic and bile ducts. The ducts drain bile from the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, respectively, and feed that into the duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine. Reasons an ERCP […]

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Belching, bloating, and flatulence: Any of these symptoms can be embarrassing, leading to unwanted noises, abdominal discomfort, and general malaise. Occasionally experiencing these symptoms is normal, but if symptoms become excessive or too frequent, they can negatively impact your life. Belching occurs when excess air is swallowed, causing the stomach to become too full. Flatulence […]

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By R. Kyle Barnett, MD Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men and the third most common in women, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Yes, colorectal cancer can be prevented—not just detected—through colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer arises from precancerous growths, or polyps, that grow in the colon. When […]

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Antibiotics are effective medications commonly used to treat infection. Although safe, they can cause side effects, including diarrhea, in up to 20% of patients, usually improving when the antibiotics are stopped.  In some patients Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can develop due to a toxin-producing bacteria that causes a severe form of diarrhea associated with antibiotic […]

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