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Gastroenterology
The skilled gastroenterologists (GI) at Carroll Hospital Center can perform a wide range of the latest procedures to diagnose and repair disorders of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract, including:

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – a procedure that views the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera inserted down the throat. The test is often used during a biopsy or to help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, heartburn, swallowing problems, or unexplained symptoms such as vomiting, anemia or weight loss.

Colonoscopy – a common procedure that uses a special scope to look inside the colon and rectum to detect abnormal growths, inflammation, or other problems. It also can detect colorectal cancer in its early stages and is recommended as a routine screening procedure for most people 50 and older.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – a procedure that uses a tiny telescope-like instrument to diagnose the cause of symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes) and abdominal pain to detect diseases of the gallbladder, bile system, pancreas, and liver.

Insertion of devices for nutritional support – to provide adequate nutrition when patients cannot eat normally, physicians may insert enteral or parenteral devices into the body.
  • Enteral devices involve inserting a feeding tube through the nose into the stomach (nasogastric tube) or bowel (nasoenteral feeding tube) or through the skin into the stomach (gastrostomy) or bowel (jejunostomy).
  • Parenteral feeding uses special intravenous devices called catheters that are inserted into a large vein in the arm or chest. Common catheters include single, double or triple lumen catheters; Hickman; PICC, Broviac catheters and ports.

Capsule endoscopy – examining the small bowel with a tiny wireless camera contained in a vitamin-sized pill. The pictures from the camera are transmitted to a recorder you wear around your waist. It is useful when other tests don’t determine the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding, or to diagnose suspected Crohn’s Disease, celiac disease, tumors or polyps.

For a referral to a gastroenterologist, call 410-871-7000 or search our online physician directory