Health Topics

Research these common health topics below.

Ascites

Ascites is collection of fluid within the abdominal (peritoneal cavity). Ascitic fluid collection can be due to disease state affecting liver, heart, kidney and even cancers.

Barretts

Barret’s esophagus (BE) is a condition in which the normal mucosal lining of the esophagus or food pipe is replaced by either stomach like or intestinal like mucosal lining. Initially diagnosed by Dr. Barrett and hence the name.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is defined as scarring of the liver. It usually happens after the liver has been inflamed for years but in some cases, the progression from liver injury to cirrhosis may occur over weeks. This is most often cause alcohol abuse or viral hepatitis.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophagus is food pipe, a hollow organ connecting mouth to the stomach. The esophagus propels food swallowed into the stomach. Esophageal cancer arises from the lining of the esophagus.

Gas and Bloating

Belching or passing gas (flatus) is natural and common.  Gas can cause a sense of bloating (fullness), belching, abdominal cramps, and flatulence (gas). These symptoms are usually brief and resolve once gas is released by belching or flatulence.

Gastritis

Gastritis is an inflammation and injury of the stomach lining. It is a painful condition and also called dyspepsia. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic). Acute gastritis is more common and lasts for a short duration.

GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when stomach acid or stomach contents flows back into the esophagus (tube connecting your mouth and stomach). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen venous tissues in the anorectal region. Common causes of hemorrhoids are chronic constipation or diarrhea, straining during defecation, pregnancy, heavy lifting and prolong periods of sitting on the toilet.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver. Today most people become infected with hepatitis C by using needles or other equipment contaminated with blood from someone with hepatitis C.

Pancreatitis

The pancreas is an organ that makes enzymes that help with digestion of food and makes hormones, like insulin, that regulate the level of glucose in the blood. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and is typically classified as being acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis.

Rectal bleeding

Rectal bleeding in small amounts is common and usually not life-threatening. It may present as blood in the toilet, on the outside of your stool, or with wiping after a bowel movement. Most common causes are hemorrhoids and anal fissures. More serious causes include colitis  colon polyps, diverticulosis, and cancer.