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Penn Gastroenterology Q&As

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What Medical Options Are Available To Prevent The Spread Of Ulcerative Colitis?

Question:
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis two years ago. I've been taking Asacol® ever since. A recent colonoscopy showed that it has spread to the entire colon. Are there medical options that would have prevented this?

Answer:
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine and rectum. The disease usually begins in the rectal area and may eventually extend through the entire large intestine. Treatment options consist of medication to control acute attacks and help the colon heal, and surgical removal of the colon.

Asacol® is a brand name mesalamine medication – an anti-inflammatory drug used to prevent swelling or wearing away of the colon's lining. It works by stopping the body from producing a certain substance that may cause pain or inflammation. The only absolute cure for ulcerative colitis is surgical removal of the colon. Mark Osterman, MD, MSCE is a Penn gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease. He can evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of treatment.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Osterman, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online.

Friday, January 7, 2011

What are the Symptoms of Gastritis?

Question:
I've had burning and aching abdominal pain for several months. Nothing I take seems to relieve the pain. After evaluating me for less than 10 minutes, my primary doctor claimed it's gastritis and prescribed AcipHex®. I haven't taken the medication because I feel uncomfortable with the diagnosis. Should I see a gastroenterologist?

 
Answer:
Gastritis is an inflammation or swelling of the stomach lining. The most common causes are:
In addition to abdominal pain, symptoms often include:


Pain is associated with many types of gastrointestinal conditions. A Penn gastroenterologist can properly diagnose these conditions and recommend the best course of treatment.

 

To schedule an appointment, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online.