H. Pylori Breath Test
Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori or HP) is a bacterium that is the main cause of ulcers occurring in the lining of the upper part of the small intestine (duodenal ulcers) and in the lining of the stomach (gastric ulcers). Initially, the bacterium cause inflammation (gastritis or duodenitis). Not all people infected with the H. Pylori will develop an ulcer. The methods by which this bacterium is passed from one person to another are still not understood completely. Good hygiene may decrease the risk of the bacterium being spread. It is thought that people living in the U.S. are unlikely to pass it on and do not need to take any special measures to avoid giving it to others.
First symptoms of H. Pylori are usually those of an ulcer. Ulcers cause pain which can vary in intensity. The pain may last from minutes to hours and may come and go for several days or weeks. The pain may be severe enough to wake you during the night, Drinking milk or taking an antacid may relieve the pain and if the pain is frequent during the day, continual snacking will alleviate the pain when it occurs.
A colonoscopy is considered the best screening method, and is the only procedure that allows for the detection and/or removal of abnormal tissues as soon as they are detected. Colonoscopies are also used to detect ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
This procedure is usually a 30 minute procedure that is facilitated at Jackson Hospital or Jackson Surgery Center.
An EGD is a visual examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using an endoscope.
Unlike an EGD, an Enteroscopy is able to visualize the small intestines.
For these procedures, you will have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You will also be placed under light sedation. This procedure normally last between 5-10 minutes.
Examination with Fibroscan is a non-invasive way to measure the stiffness of your liver. Fibroscan works by emitting a small pulse of energy, which may feel as a slight vibration on your skin. Fibroscan calculates the speed of this energy to give your healthcare provider an immediate measure of the stiffness of your liver. This stiffness measure can be an important part of understanding your overall liver health,
This procedure allows the doctor to examine the rectum and lower sigmoid colon. It is inserted into the anus and lower part of the colon.
A Sigmoidoscopy is different from a colonoscopy because it only reaches to the sigmoid colon, where as a colonoscopy examines the entire colon.
The PillCam Capsule Endoscopy uses innovative visualization technology to produce clear images of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon.
This device evaluates iron deficiency anemia, gastrointestinal bleeding and many other abnormalities.
The Smart Pill motility testing features an ingestible capsule that measures pressure, pH, transit time and temperature as it passes through the entire gastrointestinal tract. The capsule provides valuable diagnostic information, including gastric emptying time, colonic transit time, whole gut transit time and pressure patterns.
This is the only motility test that provides a complete transit profile of the gastrointestinal tract.