Sigmoidoscopy allows a doctor to examine the lower portion of your colon using a thin tube. It may be used to help diagnose certain intestinal problems that can cause symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Abnormal growths may also be detected. This video describes a sigmoidoscopy and how it may inform you about your colorectal health.
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EGD: Upper Endoscopy
An upper endoscopy (EGD) allows a doctor to visualize your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, or the upper part of your small intestine. EGD uses a special tube to help diagnose illnesses such as acid reflux or peptic ulcer disease. In this video, you'll learn what you might experience during the actual procedure, as well as its benefits, and any potential risks.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disease affecting the intestines. The cause of IBS is not known, but stress and emotions are thought to be contributing factors. Learn more details about this common disorder, which affects up to 15 percent of Americans.
Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your doctor see directly inside your entire colon using a flexible tube. It can detect intestinal problems such as bleeding or early signs of colorectal cancer. In this video, you'll learn what you might experience during a colonoscopy and what to expect given your particular results.
Diverticuli are herniations in the muscular layer of the colon that produce small, saclike swellings. Diverticulitis occurs when diverticuli become inflamed and infected. Examine the possible causes of this condition, common symptoms, and available treatments.
Kidney stones are a common problem, that affect about 12 percent of men and 5 percent of women. Stones are typically caused by an imbalance in the urinary system caused by too little water, too much oxalate, or too much calcium. In this video, you'll find out how kidney stones develop, and what you can do to prevent them.
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