Mar22017
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What Causes Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease affects around 3 million Americans, many of whom don’t know they have this condition. It can cause a variety of symptoms as well as increase the possibility of long-term health issues, so if you have this disease, it’s important to get a correct diagnosis and begin treatment. In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain what you need to know about celiac disease (also known as gluten intolerance), including what causes this condition. What is celiac disease? This disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that’s triggered […]
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Jan312017
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Who is a Candidate for Colon Cancer Screening?

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Colon cancer screening is an important tool that allows your doctor to find and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. It can also detect the existence of colorectal cancer, which is very treatable if caught early.   In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain more about colon cancer screening, including who is a candidate for this type of procedure.   Why is colon cancer screening important? Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men and women, and it’s the second […]
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Dec312016
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What Are the Symptoms of Dysphagia?

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Most of the time, swallowing food or drink is something everyone does without thinking much about. When this happens, the muscles in your throat and esophagus contract, and food is easily moved from your mouth to your stomach. In some cases, however, swallowing can become difficult, which can indicate a medical problem.   In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain swallowing issues, including dysphagia symptoms.   What is dysphagia? Dysphagia is a condition that makes moving food or drink from your mouth to your stomach more difficult […]
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Nov292016
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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

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Colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The American Cancer Society recommends that starting at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer have a screening test such as a colonoscopy. If you have an increased risk of colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend that you start screening before age 50.   Your risk may be increased if you’ve previously had colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.   In this […]
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Oct272016
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What is Involved in an Upper Endoscopy Procedure?

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An upper endoscopy, also known as EGD, is a procedure that a gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in digestive system diseases) can utilize to examine your upper digestive tract. This area includes the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). In order to examine these areas, your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light on the end.   In this blog, Manhattan Gastroenterologist, Dr. Anthony S. Borcich, will explain what’s involved in an upper endoscopy procedure.   What is an upper […]
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Sep292016
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Where Can I Find Stomach Ulcer Treatment in NYC?

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A stomach ulcer (also called a gastric ulcer) is a cratered lesion or sore located in the wall of the stomach. The same type of ulcer can also occur in the upper part of the small intestine, where it’s called a duodenal ulcer. Collectively, these types of ulcers are known as peptic ulcer disease, which affects about 4 million Americans each year. They sometimes heal on their own, but if not, they can cause serious problems, including bleeding, a perforation or hole that develops in the wall of the stomach, […]
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Aug252016
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What is Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and why is it Performed?

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An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a test that your doctor can use to check the tubes (ducts) that drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. It utilizes a flexible, lighted scope to help your doctor be able to check for any evidence of problems. X-rays can be taken to check to see if any blockages or other issues are present, and a tissue sample (biopsy) can be taken if needed for more information.   In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain what endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is and why it is […]
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Jul262016
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Where Can I Be Evaluated for Eosinophilic Esophagitis in NYC?

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Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an allergic/immune condition that’s been identified within the past two decades. It’s considered to be a major cause of illnesses of the digestive system.   In this blog, Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain what eosinophilic esophagitis is and where you can be evaluated for this disease.   What is eosinophilic esophagitis? Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic immune system disease. It occurs when a specific type of white blood cell (the eosinophil) builds up in your esophagus. This occurs in response to foods, allergens, or acid reflux, […]
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Jun242016
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How Do I Know When My Stomach Symptoms Warrant Seeing a Gastroenterologist in NYC?

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We’ve all experienced some type of abdominal or stomach pain at some point, but we may not be sure when we should see a gastroenterologist. This specialist has advanced training and experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach.   Abdominal pain has many potential causes that aren’t serious and don’t necessarily require medical attention, such as gas pains or a pulled muscle. The level of pain, however, doesn’t always indicate the seriousness of the condition that’s causing it. Gastroenteritis (a stomach virus), for example, […]
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May262016
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What’s the Difference Between Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Acid Reflux?

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Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are sometimes used interchangeably, and although they’re closely related, the terms don’t necessarily mean the same thing. In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Borcich will explain the difference between gastroesophageal reflux disease and acid reflux, as well as discuss an increasingly prevalent related problem, eosinophilic esophagitis or EoE.  What is acid reflux? Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back into your esophagus – the tube that connects the throat and stomach. This acid, which is made by your stomach’s cells in order […]
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