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Upper Gi Endoscopy

Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a procedure where a doctor uses an endoscope, which is an instrument made of a flexible tube and a camera, to examine the inner lining of the gastrointestinal tract. An endoscope is inserted through the mouth. It is used to diagnose diseases like ulcers, cancers, GERD, celiac disease, etc.

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Do protein supplements cause black stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 16 years old. I have started taking a protein supplement since yesterday. I passed black stools this morning. Is this black color because of the protein powder?  Read Full »

Dr. Ratnakar Kini Prabhakar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Protein supplements do not cause black stools. Black stools, also known as melena, occur if there is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. There are chances of black stools if you take medications like Pepto-Bismol or Iron supplements. So, if you are not on Pepto-...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old female and suffering from acid reflux for the past one and a half years, but now I have fatigue, diarrhea, and pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old female, and for the last one and half years, I have had acid reflux. However, this past month I have been feeling like I am going to throw up constantly. I keep burping and spitting up in my mouth. I feel achy and weak. I also have extreme fatigue and keep passing ga...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Difficulty swallowing is also called dysphagia. It is usually a sign of a problem with your throat or esophagus. The muscular tube that moves food and liquids from the back of your mouth to your stomach. The most com...  Read Full »

My daughter complains of gas and difficulty breathing. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 22 years old, studying abroad is complaining of feelings of gas in upper GI tract making breathing difficult at times. GERD and H.pylori are possible suspects. Can you tell me tests to confirm or reject these possibilities? Can you tell me the possible treatments if test...  Read Full »

Dr. Pardhan Rajesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Gas in the abdomen is due to food and lifestyle. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and H.pylori can be diagnosed by upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy and biopsy. Need detail histroy to look for the exact symptoms and need clinical examinations also. Sometime ga...  Read Full »

My pregnant wife has blood in her vomiting. What is the cause?

Query: My doctor, My wife is pregnant and this is her third month. During vomiting, she noticed blood. What is the reason? Kindly suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It's uncommon for a pregnant woman to experience vomiting with blood. This could be attributed to excessive and repeated vomiting, which might lead to tears in the esophagus, resulting in blood in the vomit. Should hematemesis persist and signs of reduced perfusion, such...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son is having severe vomiting after meals for a year. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is five years old. He has been having severe vomiting after meals since he was an infant. At about one year of age, the vomiting slowed to about three times a week, which is how frequent he vomits now. He is in the third percentile for height 39 inches at five years and weighs 27 p...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very sad to see your child in such a situation. I understand that your child is chronically malnourished. Vomiting since such a long duration needs thorough evaluation. You can go for imaging of the abdomen and endoscopy with or without biopsy if needed. Please c...  Read Full »

What causes persistent abdominal pain with blood in my stools?

Query: ​Hello doctor, I have been seeing a PCP for a couple of years following my former doctor's retirement. I saw him last time for minor but persistent abdominal pain and blood in the stool which stopped after stopping low dose Aspirin three times a day for one week. He sent me for a CT which reveale...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the details that are posted. The causes for persistent pain in the left lower abdomen were not answered by PCP or your CT (computed tomography) abdomen. Normally if there is frank blood in stools we need to do proctoscopy or sigmoidoscopy or ...  Read Full »

I have chest pain due to year-long gastritis. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old, who is 1.83 m tall and weigh about 70 kg. My health problems started two years back, when I had a lot of stomach pains, though they went away quickly once I had a filling meal. After an endoscopy, the doctor observed a large axial hernia as well as moderately pronou...  Read Full »

Dr. Satpute Ganeshkumar Suresh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You have undergone Nissen fundoplication, as such hiatus hernia and related diseases take a long time to recover and you need to maintain your lifestyle and food habits for a lifetime. I suggest you try doing the ...  Read Full »

I have stomach issues. Should I undergo endoscopy?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight years ago, I had an esophagogastroduodenoscopy. It came back normal except for some mild chronic antrum gastritis (reactive gastritis) and mild duodenal bulb duodenitis. I have been on Prilosec for 10 years, but have recently had some flare-ups, lots of stomach gurgling, gas, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your reports look alright (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your symptoms are suggestive of recurrent mild gastritis (excessive acidity). You can continue the use of acid-blocking medicines like Prilosec (Omeprazole) as needed for a couple of day...  Read Full »

Blood in vomit after drinking too much alcohol. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20 year old male. About three days ago, I vomited bright red blood after consuming excessive alcohol. This is the first time I have consumed more than one beer and I was also unconscious. I have not been having any pains or any other symptoms. After the first vomit of blood, I pu...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. At this age, bleeding with vomiting is likely due to an injury to the lower esophagus because of the force of the vomit. If the bleeding was severe, then an upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy is necessary for two reasons. Alcoho...  Read Full »

What should I do if I accidentally swallow a square magnet?

Query: Hello doctor,I swallowed a square magnet. Will it harm me?  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should get an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy done, and if the magnet is in the reach of the endoscope, it should be removed on an urgent basis. According to you, it is a single magnet. A single magnet will rarely cause symptoms, but if you have ingested mu...  Read Full »

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