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Preparing for a colonoscopy

Aug 12th, 2019 - If you shudder at the thought of having a colonoscopy to check for hidden colon cancer, chances are it's the "prep" that's stoking your apprehension. It's certainly a major inconvenience: getting ready for the procedure takes much longer — an average of 16 hours, according to one study — than the three hours or so you'll spend at a medical center the day of your colonoscopy. But what's most off...

How to Prepare for Your Colonoscopy Using MiraLAX

Aug 5th, 2019 - This information will help you get ready for your colonoscopy using polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX®). A colonoscopy is an exam of your colon (large intestine). Your doctor will use a colonoscope (flexible tube with a camera on the end) to see the inside of your colon on a video monitor. During your procedure, your doctor can:

A Patient’s Guide to Opioid Tapering

May 20th, 2018 - Treating acute pain caused by orthopedic surgery has improved drastically over the past few years. This is due in part to the use of multimodal analgesic strategies (balancing the use of multiple non-opioid pain medications) and an increase in regional anesthesia in orthopedic procedures.

Ebstein anomaly - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Feb 28th, 2020 - Diagnosis If you or your child doesn't have signs or symptoms of heart trouble, the doctor might suspect a problem only after hearing abnormal heart sounds during a routine physical exam. Abnormal heart sounds, such as a heart murmur, aren't usually cause for concern. However, your doctor or your child's doctor will likely refer you to a doctor who specializes in treating heart conditions (card...

Osteoarthritis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Feb 21st, 2020 - Diagnosis During the physical exam, your doctor will check your affected joint for tenderness, swelling, redness and flexibility. Imaging tests To get pictures of the affected joint, your doctor might recommend: X-rays. Cartilage doesn't show up on X-ray images, but cartilage loss is revealed by a narrowing of the space between the bones in your joint. An X-ray can also show bone spurs around a...

Progressive supranuclear palsy - Care at Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic

Feb 6th, 2020 - Progressive supranuclear palsy care at Mayo Clinic Your Mayo Clinic care team. Specialists trained in neurology, speech pathology and movement disorders work together to diagnose and treat people with progressive supranuclear palsy at Mayo Clinic. Advanced diagnosis and treatment. Mayo Clinic specialists have experience identifying speech problems that are a very early feature of progressive su...

Thunderclap headaches - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Feb 3rd, 2020 - Diagnosis The following tests are commonly used to try to determine the cause of a thunderclap headache. CT scan of the head. CT scans take X-rays that create slice-like, cross-sectional images of your brain and head. A computer combines these images to create a full picture of your brain. Sometimes an iodine-based dye is used to augment the picture. Spinal tap (lumbar puncture). The doctor rem...

Age spots (liver spots) - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 20th, 2020 - Diagnosis Diagnosing age spots might include: Visual inspection. Your doctor can usually diagnose age spots by looking at your skin. It's important to distinguish age spots from other skin disorders because the treatments differ and using the wrong procedure may delay other needed therapy. Skin biopsy. Your doctor might do other tests, such as removing a small sample of skin for examination in ...

Sarcoma - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 20th, 2020 - Diagnosis Tests and procedures used to diagnose sarcoma and determine its extent (stage) include: A physical exam. Your doctor will likely do a physical exam to better understand your symptoms and look for other clues that will help with your diagnosis. Imaging tests. Which imaging tests are right for you will depend on your situation. Some tests, such as X-rays, are better for seeing bone prob...

Fecal incontinence - Care at Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic

Jan 16th, 2020 - Fecal incontinence care at Mayo Clinic Advanced diagnosis and treatment Mayo Clinic researchers have developed specialized diagnostic tools for characterizing individual cases of fecal incontinence. They continue with active research in this area. Examples include: Magnetic resonance proctography, a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that shows pelvic floor motion in real time. This is no...

Prostatitis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 16th, 2020 - Diagnosis Diagnosing prostatitis involves ruling out other conditions as the cause of your symptoms and determining what kind of prostatitis you have. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and your symptoms. He or she will also do a physical exam, which will likely include a digital rectal examination. Initial diagnostic tests might include: Urine tests. Your doctor might have a sampl...

Hepatopulmonary syndrome - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 16th, 2020 - Diagnosis These tests can help determine if you have hepatopulmonary syndrome: Pulse oximetry. In pulse oximetry, a sensor attached to your finger or ear uses light to determine how much oxygen is in your blood. Chest imaging. X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scanning or echocardiogram imaging can help rule out other heart or lungs conditions. Treatment Supplemental oxygen therapy is the ma...

Guillain-Barré syndrome - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 14th, 2020 - Diagnosis Guillain-Barré syndrome can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages. Its signs and symptoms are similar to those of other neurological disorders and may vary from person to person. Your doctor is likely to start with a medical history and thorough physical examination. Your doctor may then recommend: Spinal tap (lumbar puncture). A small amount of fluid is withdrawn from the s...

Mitral valve disease - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Jan 6th, 2020 - Diagnosis Your doctor may evaluate your signs and symptoms and conduct a physical examination. In a physical examination, your doctor will likely listen for a heart murmur, as this can be a sign of a mitral valve condition. Your doctor may order several tests to diagnose your condition. Tests may include: Echocardiography. Sound waves are used to produce video images of your heart in motion. Th...

Short bowel syndrome - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Dec 30th, 2019 - Diagnosis To diagnose short bowel syndrome, your doctor may recommend blood or stool tests to measure nutrient levels. Other tests may include imaging procedures, such as an X-ray with a contrast material (barium X-ray), computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and CT or MR enterography, that can show obstructions or changes to the intestines. Treatment Your treatmen...

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - Care at Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic

Dec 23rd, 2019 - Inflammatory bowel disease care at Mayo Clinic Your Mayo Clinic care team Treating IBD involves specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colon and rectal surgery, radiology, laboratory medicine and pathology, and rheumatology, as well as skin and wound care and nutrition. Having all this expertise in a single place means that your care is discussed among the team, test results are availa...

Ulcerative colitis - Care at Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic

Dec 23rd, 2019 - Ulcerative colitis care at Mayo Clinic Your Mayo Clinic care team Treating ulcerative colitis involves specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colon and rectal surgery, radiology, laboratory medicine and pathology, and rheumatology, as well as skin and wound care and nutrition. Having all this expertise in a single place means that your care is discussed among the team, test results are...

Craniosynostosis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Dec 12th, 2019 - Diagnosis Craniosynostosis requires evaluation by specialists, such as a pediatric neurosurgeon or a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Diagnosis of craniosynostosis may include: Physical exam. Your doctor will feel your baby's head for abnormalities such as suture ridges, and look for facial deformities. Imaging studies. A computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance ...

Transverse myelitis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Dec 11th, 2019 - Diagnosis A doctor will diagnose transverse myelitis based on your answers to questions about your signs and symptoms, your medical history, a clinical assessment of nerve function, and test results. These tests, which may indicate inflammation of the spinal cord and rule out other disorders, include the following: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create...

Corticobasal degeneration - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

Dec 10th, 2019 - Diagnosis A diagnosis of corticobasal degeneration is made based on your signs and symptoms. However, your signs and symptoms could be due to another degenerative disease such as progressive supranuclear palsy, Alzheimer's disease, Pick's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Researchers are looking at whether positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computerized tomograph...