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Definition Campylobacter serology test is a blood test to look for antibodies to a bacteria called campylobacter. How the test is performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. The sample is s...
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
Diarrhea can be one of the more uncomfortable and embarrassing complications
of cancer. We've all had it - enough said. People with cancer are prone to frequent
loose or watery stools for many reasons. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, bone
marrow transplant, and stress can all lead to diarrhea, and certain types of
cancer can cause diarrhea directly. In addition to causing social and physical
discomfort, uncontrolled diarrhea can be a serious health threat. Though the
condition is not typically preventable, there are some ways to find relief.
A number of cancer treatments can lead to diarrhea. Chemotherapeutic agents
target fast - growing cells, which is why these medications kill cancer cells.
Unfortunately these agents can also damage the intestinal lining, which is
filled with fast-growing cells, leading to diarrhea and other complications. In
a similar fashion, radiation therapy directed at the abdomen or pelvis can lead
to diarrhea by killing the rapidly-growing cells of ...
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