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pantoprazole (Protonix)

pantoprazole (Protonix)

Summary Pantoprazole, brand name Protonix, is a drug that belongs to the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Protonix is used for the treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), stomach (peptic) and duodenum ulcers, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Side effects of Protonix include phototoxicity (sensitivity to light) dizziness, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea constipation, headaches, […]

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Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medicaid patients with kidney disease are more likely to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list before they need dialysis if they live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. The researchers examined United Network of Organ […]

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ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography)

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography)

ERCP facts ERCP is a diagnostic procedure designed to examine diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. ERCP is usually best performed under general anesthesia. It may be done using IV sedation. There is a low incidence of complications. ERCP can provide important information that cannot be obtained by other diagnostic examinations, for example, […]

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Oral Cholecystogram

Oral Cholecystogram

What is an oral cholecystogram (OCG)? The oral cholecystogram, or OCG, is a radiologic procedure for diagnosing gallstones. An oral cholecystogram is in contrast to an intravenous cholangiogram (IVC). The oral cholecystogram is rarely used, as ultrasound or CT are more accurate, faster techniques for identifying gallstones without exposure to iodine. How is an oral […]

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Cirrhosis (Liver)

Cirrhosis (Liver)

Liver (hepatic) complications of cirrhosis Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) Cirrhosis due to any cause increases the risk of primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). Primary refers to the fact that the tumor originates in the liver. A secondary liver cancer is one that originates elsewhere in the body and spreads (metastasizes) to the liver. The most […]

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Gastric Emptying Study

Gastric Emptying Study

What is a gastric emptying study? The most common type of gastric emptying study is a procedure that is done by nuclear medicine physicians using radioactive chemicals that measures the speed with which food empties from the stomach and enters the small intestine. Gastric emptying studies are used for evaluating patients who are having symptoms […]

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Fundoplication (Acid Reflux Surgery)

Fundoplication (Acid Reflux Surgery)

Reflux laryngitis is caused by acid refluxing back up through the esophagus and voice box. Reflux laryngitis causes irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, larynx, and throat; and can lead to symptoms, signs, and other problems like esophagitis, sinusitis, strictures, throat clearing, swallowing problems, asthma, chronic cough, and growths on the vocal […]

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Smoking With Liver Disease – A No-No

Smoking With Liver Disease – A No-No

In patients who have chronic liver disease that is due to alcohol or viruses, the damage to the liver is primarily caused by the alcohol or virus. However, other factors can modify, or aggravate, the amount of liver damage. An interesting study published in the July issue of the journal, Hepatology, focused specifically on the […]

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Rotavirus Vaccination … Postponed as a Precaution

Rotavirus Vaccination … Postponed as a Precaution

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Doctors’ Views Rotavirus Vaccination … Postponed as a Precaution There have been many erroneous rumors about the rotavirus vaccine. MedicineNet strongly recommends that all children (and adults) be fully immunized according to the current government health recommendations. We wish, therefore, to share with you the words as they came from the U.S. […]

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Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment

Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common gastrointestinal syndrome that may affect up to 15% of the population in the U.S. The primary symptom of IBS is abdominal discomfort that is associated with either an alteration in bowel habit (diarrhea, constipation, or diarrhea alternating with constipation) or that is improved with a bowel movement. […]