Patient Education

Diagnosis and Management of Achalasia

by gastroandliver

Posted on March 9th, 2018


Achalasia is a primary motor disorder of the esophagus, distinguished by inadequate lower esophageal sphincter relaxation and loss of esophageal peristalsis. As a result, patients suffering from this apparently incurable disease often complain of dysphagia to solids and liquids, regurgitation of undigested food particles as also chest pain and heartburn, suggesting GERD. However, endoscopic finding of retained saliva with puckered gastroesophageal junction, or barium swallow showing dilated esop...
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Prevention Of Colorectal Cancer Through Early Detection

by gastroandliver

Posted on March 9th, 2018


Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer (non-skin) that affect both men and women, while being the second leading cause of cancer death in the United states. However, studies reveal that most colorectal cancers begin as polyps, growths in the tissue that lines the inner surfaces of the colon or the rectum. While these polyps could be flat or elevated, the latter types often grow on the inner surface of the colon or rectum, shaped like mushrooms without stalk (known as sessile p...
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Ulcerative Colitis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on November 17th, 2017


Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a disease condition which is more common among people in Western industrial countries, as compared to those living in Asia, Africa and South America, though the incidence in these regions is currently increasing at a fast rate. As the name suggests, it concerns ulcers in the colon and its disparaging effects on human health. What actually is Ulcerative Colitis? It is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (along with microscopic colitis?) usually affecting people aged...
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Belching: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis

by gastroandliver

Posted on November 17th, 2017


Belching involves expulsion of gas from the esophagus (and stomach) through the mouth (after a meal), resulting in the distinctive resonance known as Burp! Among certain ethnic groups, dinner receptions are not considered gratifying unless the guests belch loudly while leaving the table. Nevertheless, we all belch after consuming a hearty meal, while it provides some comfort and satisfaction as the expelled gas brings relief to the distended stomach somewhat filled by swallowed air. However, to...
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Constipation: Frequently Asked Questions

by gastroandliver

Posted on August 16th, 2017


There is an old Indian proverb that says, “people who go for poop once a day are ascetics; those who make it twice a day are foodies, and those who need to visit the toilet more often are usually unwell or sick”. Though this may be discarded as hearsay and not medically proved since normal healthy people are known to visit the toilet as many times as they find suitable, there is a fourth variety that seldom feels the urge to relieve themselves. They are known to be constipated, while the med...
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Low Cost Endoscopy Test in Kolkata at Americana Gastro & Diagnostic Center

by gastroandliver

Posted on June 29th, 2017


  Suffering from severe bouts of intestinal pain or having swallowing problems? Go for endoscopy at Kolkata’s premiere endoscopy test center, Americana Gastro & Diagnostic Center run by eminent gastroenterologist Dr. Vijay Rai, MD and his brilliant team of doctors, pathologists and health care personnel. Brief Description Of Endoscopy It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure performed for the purpose of looking into your digestive tract to find out the cause of your trouble...
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How To Prevent Hepatitis A, B & C

by gastroandliver

Posted on June 21st, 2017


The age-old medical adage that proclaims ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ couldn’t be truer than when applied in the case of Hepatitis, a deadly disease of the liver caused by some of the viruses that are known as Hepatitis A, B & C viruses. And the worst part of the whole episode is that these viral types are highly contagious – meaning they can be transmitted from person to person, albeit their mode of transmission being different. However, the good news is that these life-threaten...
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Colon Cancer : Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on May 3rd, 2017


Colorectal Cancer (cancers of the colon and rectum) is the second leading causes of death due to cancer for men and women (combined) in the United States, while it is also considered as one of the most common, and yet preventable cancers. In fact, Screening (Screening Tests) is currently slowing the death rate for Colorectal Cancer to a great extent. What is Colorectal Cancer? Colon or colorectal cancer is cancer that affects the large intestine, medically known as Colon or Rectum, which is th...
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Gas Pain : Causes, Prevention and Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on May 3rd, 2017


Middle aged Maureen visiting her ailing daughter in New Jersey wailed in the middle of the night in the grip of sudden and severe gas pain which, however, subsided with the administration of OTC painkiller after some time. The pain would have otherwise continued for longer period. What is Gas Pain? Sharp jabbing pain or cramps in the abdomen, associated with swelling or tightness in the tummy, known as ‘bloating’ is the hallmark of gas pain that mostly affects middle aged persons, male and...
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Gastroenterologist or Gastrologist: Mistakes That People Do In Kolkata

by gastroandliver

Posted on April 5th, 2017


Overview The human digestive tract is made up of quite a few organs or parts comprising the esophagus, stomach, Intestines, colon and anus. These parts or organs are responsible for breaking down, processing and absorbing nutrients for the body as also for elimination of waste material. However, during such processes, some of these organs often get weak or become subjected to disease conditions and as a result various ailments, starting from acid reflux to colon cancers affect people. Accord...
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Gallstone: Type, Symptom, Diagnosis & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on March 28th, 2017


Clinically speaking, gallstones are not stones such as rocks or minerals but stone-like hard deposits made of cholesterol, calcium salt or bilirubin that are often found within the gallbladder which is a small organ that stores bile. However, these stone-like substances may vary in volume – as tiny as a grain of salt or as large as an apricot. To be precise, certain components in bile often crystallize and harden, thus forming gallstones. According to Harvard Health Publications, 80% of gall...
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Indigestion Symptoms, Causes, Diet, Treatments

by gastroandliver

Posted on March 27th, 2017


With the wrong diet, no medicine can help. With the right diet, no medicine is necessary – Confucius. Indeed the famed Chinese philosopher most likely had indigestion in his mind when he had delivered that sermon. People usually suffer from indigestion by consuming unhealthy food that the stomach fails to digest. The result: uncomfortable feeling in the upper abdomen, pain, fullness, bloating and nausea. Some also suffer from GERD (Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease) along with indigestion, wh...
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Chronic Pancreatitis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on March 2nd, 2017


What is Chronic Pancreatitis? Chronic (long-term) Pancreatitis constitutes undeviating inflammation of your pancreas that impairs your system’s ability to digest food properly and regulate the blood sugar level in your body. Although acute, short-term pancreatitis often gets cured through conservative treatment; chronic pancreatitis seldom gets permanently cured. As a matter of fact, the damage caused due to high degree of alcoholism and other causes over extended period of time leaves so m...
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Liver Cirrhosis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatement

by gastroandliver

Posted on January 31st, 2017


What is Cirrhosis Liver Cirrhosis or Cirrhosis denotes a disease condition where the liver fails to function due to extensive damage over long period of time, involving loss of liver cells, as well as irreversible scarring of the liver. Even though at the initial stage, symptoms are negligible or nil, manifestations appear in rapid succession as the disease progresses. These include fluid buildup in the abdomen, spider-like blood vessels on the skin, swelling in lower legs and many more that ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on January 10th, 2017


What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common bowel related disorder that is linked to the colon or the large intestine. However, contemporary researchers hint at abnormalities in the brain/gut connection that are likely to trigger IBS. Be that as it may, IBS causes irritability and uneasiness associated with bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation and above all, abrupt and untimely urge to defecate, forcing the affected person to visit th...
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GERD: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on January 6th, 2017


What is GERD? GERD that stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, often called Acid Reflux, is a long-term disease condition where stomach content (especially acidic content) refluxes or comes back to the mouth via the esophagus or the food tube, giving rise heartburn, acidic taste in the mouth, chest pain and even breathing problems among many. However, studies reveal that symptoms associated with GERD are more common (20 – 25%) among people living in Western countries (such as U.K.) as ...
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Acute Pancreatitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

by gastroandliver

Posted on January 2nd, 2017


What is Acute Pancreatitis? Acute pancreatitis, also called acute pancreatic necrosis constitutes abrupt inflammation of the pancreas that may lead to death even after receiving due medical care on account of chance development of serious complications at a later stage. However, mild types of acute pancreatitis are mostly cured through conservative treatment procedures that include total elimination of oral feeding and aggressive intravenous fluid rehydration, while severe types often involve...
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Day Care Service : Americana Gastro & Diagnostic Center

by gastroandliver

Posted on December 23rd, 2016


Don’t Panic! For team Americana is here to offer their unparalleled DAY CARE services At Americana Gastro and Diagnostic Centre, we believe in giving our customers value for their money with our state of the art infrastructure. But even more important than that, we offer care and proper treatment to our patients. There have been several instances wherein people develop problems which can be treated within a single day. However, in such cases, family members prefer to keep patients at home ...
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Liver Function Test: Purpose & Procedure

by gastroandliver

Posted on December 19th, 2016


Liver function tests (LFTs/LFs) conducted at Americana Gastro and Liver Diagnostic Center primarily consist of Blood Tests that provide vital information about the condition of a patient’s liver. Some of these tests comprise Prothrombin Time (PT/INR), aPTT, albumin, Bilorubin (both direct and indirect) and a few others. Liver transaminases (AST or SGOT and ALT/SGPT ) provide helpful biomarkers in terms of the types of liver injury a patient has suffered. As luck would have it, call it ill l...
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Endoscopic Ultrasound Commonly Know As EUS

by gastroandliver

Posted on November 15th, 2016


EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound) EUS, also known as Echo-Endoscopy in which endoscopy is pooled with ultrasound to create images of internal organs. It entails insertion of an ultra thin tube into the mouth, down through the esophagus into the stomach and the initial part of the small intestine. The tip of thetube features a minute ultrasound probe which emits sound waves that bounces off  against the surrounding organs which include the stomach, small intestine,  bile ducts, pancreas and the liv...
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