Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease commonly characterized by severe ulceration and inflammation of the lining of the large intestine.

Patients with ulcerative colitis typically experience severe diarrhea. Stools may contain blood and/or mucus. Associated abdominal pain, cramping, fever, night sweats, eye pain, joint pain, skin rash and anemia may occur.

Can Ulcerative Colitis be Treated?
Ulcerative colitis is commonly diagnosed with a colonoscopy procedure or biopsy of the lining of the colon. Treatment is dependent upon symptom severity and extent of colon involvement. Disease that is limited to the lower colon or rectum may be treated with medicated suppositories and enemas. However, ulcerative colitis of the entire colon may require aggressive treatment such as immunomodulatory drugs, biologics or surgery.

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In the decades since ulcerative colitis was identified, significant advances have been made in understanding these chronic inflammatory diseases. For additional questions or concerns, please contact your primary care provider. When specialized treatment is required, choose Regional Gi.

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The ABC’s of Hepatitis. Do You Know the Difference?

Viral hepatitis refers to infections caused by viruses that attack the liver. Severe chronic cases of viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening liver cirrhosis, liver failure or even liver cancer. Do you know the difference between these varying conditions?

Mode of Transmission / Prevention:

  • Hepatitis A: Contaminated food and water. There is a safe HAV vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B: Infected blood, sex and needles. From an infected mother to her newborn. There is a safe HBV vaccine.
  • Hepatitis C: Infected blood and needles. There is no vaccine.
  • Hepatitis D: Must already have Hepatitis B. Infected blood, sex and needles. From an infected mother to her newborn. Get the Hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Hepatitis E: Contaminated water. There is no vaccine.

(Hepatitis B Foundation)

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Food can be your worst enemy when living with a pancreatic condition. Commonly, patients with a pancreatic disease may have difficulty even eating at all. To limit pain and discomfort associated with a pancreatic disease, a nutritional diet is recommended.

A large portion of the pancreatic-friendly diet is to cut down fat intake. The recommended amount of fat intake per day is 20 grams. Cutting excess fats can easily be done by choosing healthy options including lean beef, turkey, lamb, boneless chicken breasts, shellfish and most fish. Your diet should also include whole wheat grains, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit.

While introducing healthy food options into your diet, eliminating certain foods may be recommended. In addition to adding lean poultry into your diet, removing excess fat and skin before consuming allows for a healthier meat option. Replace oils and butter with low-fat cooking sprays and season your food with lemon juice, paprika, and salt to cut down on fat. Restrict starchy options and bread, and always choose baked foods over fried. Typically, dairy foods should be avoided; however, skim milk may be appropriate. Choose low-fat or no-fat cheese options.

Studies indicate that dehydration causes the pancreas to flare, causing pain and discomfort for those with gallbladder pancreatitis. Avoiding alcohol and getting plenty of rest can help sufferers avoid dehydration and possibly, another pancreatitis attack.

Regional Gi specializes in the treatment of those affected by major gastrointestinal conditions including colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, liver disease and pancreatic conditions. For more information, please schedule an appointment.

Gallstone pancreatitis (acute pancreatitis) is the result of gallstones passing through the common bile duct and impinging on the main pancreatic duct. The main function of the pancreas is to produce enzymes necessary to digest food. The pancreas is also responsible for making insulin, the hormone needed to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Pancreatitis caused by gallstones can cause severe pain in the abdomen and lead to serious health problems.

Symptoms of gallstone pancreatitis can begin as pain in the upper abdomen. Mild pain may become worse after eating and commonly lasts for several days. Pain from a swollen and tender abdomen may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever and/or rapid pulse. Gallstone pancreatitis can be a life-threatening disease and immediate evaluation by a physician is necessary if someone with gallstones suddenly develops severe abdominal pain. The best way to prevent gallstones from forming is by protecting your pancreas and choosing to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Eating a low-fat diet of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables can help prevent gallstone pancreatitis

People who are overweight are more likely to develop gallstones in their lifetime and are at a greater risk for developing gallstone pancreatitis. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and shedding extra pounds can dramatically prevent the formation of gallstones.

Regional Gi specializes in the treatment of those affected by major gastrointestinal conditions including colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, liver disease and pancreatic conditions.

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For those struggling with constipation, immediate diagnosis and treatment is imperative. Diagnosing constipation is most often based on the patient’s prevailing symptoms and bowel habits.

Following the initial diagnosis, your gastroenterologist may order laboratory tests to rule out underlying medical conditions. Further diagnosis may require x-ray examination or colonoscopy. Once a diagnosis is established by your gastroenterologist, immediate treatment is recommended. Most often, constipation can be relieved simply by increasing fluid and fiber intake. Laxatives may be necessary. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle will also contribute to more normal bowel function.

If you are experiencing chronic constipation or unexplained or persistent changes in bowel habits, make an appointment with our experienced healthcare providers. For more information and services offered at Regional Gi, please contact us today.

Occasional heartburn or acid reflux is not uncommon. In fact, many suffer from frequent throat or stomach pain. However, if you experience it two or more times a week, you may be at risk for serious complications.

Repeated exposure to harmful stomach acid can dramatically affect the lining of the esophagus. Those with severe cases of heartburn and acid reflux may be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If left untreated, many sufferers may develop esophagitis or severe inflammation of the esophagus.

Complications of Untreated GERD
If these conditions are not brought under control, stomach acid may continue to further damage your esophagus. Repeated damage may lead to further complications including:

Preventing Further Damage
Treatment is dependent upon the cause and severity of esophageal discomfort. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider. In many instances, a simple dietary modification may alleviate sufferers’ symptoms.

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About Colon Cancer

Colon cancer affects over 145,000 Americans annually, and over 50,000 of whom will die from the disease.

However, when colon cancer is detected early it is often curable, and removing precancerous polyps can prevent the disease entirely.

Colon Polyps

Polyps are small growths that arise from the lining of the colon. They are common and typically do not cause any symptoms. Although not all polyps will become cancerous, removing them when they are small can prevent colon cancer.

Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 for the average person. If you have a history of colon cancer or polyps in your family, especially in a parent, child or sibling, screening at an earlier age may be appropriate and you should discuss this with your primary care physician.

Colonoscopy in Lancaster, PA

You can schedule a screening colonoscopy with any of the board-certified gastroenterologists at Regional Gi.

If you are in good health, you can simply call our office to schedule a colonoscopy using our Open Access program. However, an office appointment prior to your procedure may be necessary if our staff determines that your health history warrants further evaluation by one of our physicians or advanced practice providers.

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