Diagnostic Procedures

Upper Endoscopy (Gastroscopy) Procedure, Video, Pictures, Cost

Upper GI Endoscopy = Esophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy (EGD) Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure enabling your doctor to see inside your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), using a flexible viewing tube – gastroscope. Gastroscope has a light and camera on >> Read More ...

Diagnostic Imaging of the Abdomen: X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI

Plain X-Ray In severe acute abdominal pain, plain X-ray of the abdomen is usually the first investigation. X-ray can show: Kidney stones Gallstones (if they are large and calcified) Pancreatic calcifications (in pancreatic cyst or chronic pancreatitis) Air under the diaphragm (in stomach or bowel perforation) Air in the >> Read More ...

Tests in Chronic Diarrhea and Bloating

Intestinal Absorption Tests Chronic abdominal bloating and gas, diarrhea or unintentional weight loss (malabsorption syndrome) may result from reduced absorption of nutrients in the small intestine due to: Lactose intolerance. Fructose malabsorption. Food allergies and food intolerances (Tests) Food poisoning, parasites, >> Read More ...

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Tests

FOOD ALLERGY TESTS How to prepare for allergy testing? Antihistamine and antidepressant drugs should be stopped 3-5 days before testing, but only with doctor’s approval. Skin Prick Test A skin prick test can confirm allergies to certain foods. A drop of a dissolved food sample is placed on the forearm, and pricked >> Read More ...

Gallbladder Tests: Ultrasound, CT, HIDA Scan, ERCP

Blood Tests in Gallbladder Disease When upper right abdominal pain suggests gallbladder disease or obstruction of the common bile duct, the following blood tests may be performed: Bilirubin and liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (AP) are often elevated in cases of gallstones in the gallbladder and common bile duct (1) >> Read More ...

Staph Diagnosis (Lab Tests) and Epidemiology (Where It Lives)

Where Does S. aureus Live? S. aureus lives in: Healthy people (S.aureus carriers): in the mucosa of the nose, less commonly in the throat, vagina, intestines and lungs; on the skin: mainly in the armpits, under the breasts and in the groin Infected people: in skin lesions, the blood, stool, urine, respiratory mucosa, >> Read More ...
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