A screening colonoscopy is one of the best tools gastroenterologists have to detect colon cancer in its earliest stages when it is highly treatable and survivable. People ages 45 and up should have colonoscopies as their physician recommends, depending on their individual health risk. Here’s more on this important test and how to prepare for it.
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A lactulose breath test is an easy gastrointestinal evaluation tool. It involves ingesting foods that contain milk sugars (lactose or lactulose) and measuring the amount of hydrogen and/or methane given off as the patient breathes out. Let’s look at why this kind of test is necessary, how it’s given, and how it helps your gastroenterologist plan
Hemorrhoids are a common rectal problem, particularly for people who are pregnant, are poorly hydrated, or engage in strenuous activities involving a lot of squatting and heavy lifting. When increased fiber in the diet or over the counter topical medications do not reduce hemorrhoids, you may need hemorrhoidal banding. What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?
Today’s colon tests are more sensitive and accurate than ever. They give gastroenterologists and their patients the information they need to plan treatments, lessen the risks for disease, and more. What follows here is a guide to colon tests, including the reasons why your GI specialist may order them. Reasons For Colon Testing One of