December 4, 2018

By Steven Desautels, MD Microscopic colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that is characterized by watery, non-bloody diarrhea. Microscopic colitis should be suspected in patients with chronic diarrhea without a clear cause. There is a female predominance and the median age at diagnosis is approximately 65 years. Colonoscopic investigation reveals an endoscopically […]

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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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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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OVERVIEW Lactose is the sugar found in milk and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. After eating dairy products that contain this sugar, usually lactase, a digestive enzyme of the small intestine, helps to breakdown this complex sugar into two simple sugars, glucose and galactose. These simple sugars are then absorbed in the small […]

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