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Gastroenterology

Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which include the organs from mouth into anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this speciality.

Overview

Gastroenterologists perform a number of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including colonoscopy, endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound and liver biopsy.

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The most widely accepted principle in treating acute diverticulitis is the control of any infection and watching out for possible complications . Acute diverticulitis may present in a few different ways including: Localized pain Fever Diarrhea Bleeding from t...
10 Sep 2019
Common causes of prolonged lower abdominal pain includes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Gynecological problems such as ovarian or uterine growth or cysts Endometriosis Chronic constipation Non-specific functional pain The signs and symptoms to watch f...
6 Sep 2019
The effectiveness of treatment for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Reasons for the bloated sensation ranges from: Chronic constipation, Small bowel bacterial overgrowth, Side effects from medicine (e.g. antibiotics, metformin etc) Irritable bowel...
6 Sep 2019

Why Early Detection Of Gastric Cancer Can Save Your Life

Why Early Detection Of Gastric Cancer Can Save Your Life

Gastric cancer may be the seventh most common cancer in Singapore, but most patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage. This may mean that the tumour has already spread to the surrounding lymph nodes. In this case, surgery can still remove the tumour and the affected lymph nodes, but because of the advanced stage, the patient will require chemotherapy after surgery. Sometimes the cancer may be so advanced that it has already spread to other organs in the body. That is why although it is the seventh most common cancer, gastric cancer is the fourth cause of cancer death in Singapore.

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Gastric cancer is mostly sporadic and related to environmental factors although approximately 5-10% are genetically linked. Common environmental factors associated with gastric cancer include Helicobacter pylori infection Smoking Regular intake of preserved and salte...
29 Aug 2019
Silent laryngopharyngeal reflux is very much a diagnosis under an Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist. The presentation can range from throat discomfort or hoarseness of voice supported by endoscopic evidence of redness or inflammation of tissue around the voice box. Just like gastr...
29 Aug 2019
There are many different classification systems for gastritis but none has been unanimously accepted as the gold standard, unfortunately. Most digestive specialists will accept the more common distinction between acute and chronic gastritis since this classification also correlates well with the hi...
29 Aug 2019
Pain or discomfort around the navel region may be associated with problems involving the small and large intestines. This is especially so if you experience bowel-related symptoms such as loose stools, flatulence or constipation. However, making a diagnosis based solely on the lo...
29 Aug 2019
Gastritis is strictly a histological or tissue diagnosis of inflammation of the stomach inner lining which may or may not manifest symptomatically. Gastroparesis, on the other hand, defines a symptomatic delay in stomach emptying resulting in bloating, abdominal pain and sometimes v...
16 Aug 2019
Vomiting due to simple infection or food poisoning is usually self-limiting. Persistent vomiting, on the other hand, requires medical attention for assessment and to prevent dehydration. The sensation of hunger is physiological and can be generally accepted to signify a normal funct...
16 Aug 2019
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