Hepatitis B: Screening in Primary Care

By: David M. Fettig, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates The CDC estimates that 1.2 million people in the United States have chronic Hepatitis B (HBV) but two-thirds do not know they are infected. These unaware patients can have clinically silent infections for decades until developing cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HBV is transmitted… Read More »

10 Habits of Gastrointestinal Health

10 Habits of Gastrointestinal Health

10 Habits of Gastrointestinal Health By: Christopher P. Shaver, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates 1. Control all of your “other” medical conditions. Many chronic diseases negatively influence your intestinal tract: think poorly controlled diabetes, undertreated cardiovascular diseases, thyroid disorders, obesity, and so on. There is a synergistic relationship between intestinal health and your other organ systems.… Read More »

Dr. David Fettig Profiled by AASLD

Dr. David Fettig Profiled by AASLD

As a Gastroenterologist Fellowship trained in Liver Transplant, BGA’s Dr. David Fettig offers a unique level of expertise not typically available outside of an academic setting. He sees patients in both our Homewood and Cullman offices. https://www.aasld.org/research-awards/about-foundation/research-profiles/david-fettig-md

Hepatitis C: Are You at Risk?

David M. Fettig, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver. In fact, it is the most common blood-borne infection and affects about 3.5 million people in the U.S. It is commonly called a silent disease because most people do not have symptoms for years or even decades. Untreated Hepatitis… Read More »

The Perfect Colonoscopy and How to Get It

The Perfect Colonoscopy and How to Get It

By: Christopher P. Shaver, MD A colonoscopy is an endoscopic examination of your large intestine. The primary indication for the procedure is colon cancer screening. However, it is also an effective diagnostic tool for the evaluation of chronic intestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea and rectal bleeding as well as unexplained anemia. I perform more… Read More »

Know More Hepatitis C

Know More Hepatitis C

Rishi K. Agarwal, MD Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common viral hepatitis in the US with an estimated 3.5 million individuals with chronic HCV. There were an estimated 29,718 new cases of HCV in 2013 (per the CDC). Many of these people are living with chronic viral hepatitis and do not… Read More »

A Fantastic Endoscopic Voyage

A Fantastic Endoscopic Voyage

by Christopher P. Shaver, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology The Fantastic Voyage was a 1966 science fiction film about a team of scientists miniaturized and injected into the body of a world-renowned scientist dying of a brain aneurysm. Their mission was to pilot their mini-submarine to the depths of his brain to perform life-saving neurosurgery. At Birmingham… Read More »

A Gluten Guide: What to know about celiac disease

by Cotton Shallcross, MD view pdf version Grocers are finding “gluten-free” foods to be profitable products in 2015. Some shoppers assume non-gluten options are guaranteed-good-for-you,equating them with fat-free and sugar-free benefits. However, medical professionals urge families to make careful, informedchoices about gluten foods, based on their physicians’ advice. “There are a lot of people who… Read More »

Atypical Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

By: David J. Landy, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates Atypical GERD is a subset of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and is a common problem seen by gastroenterologists in private practice. Garden variety GERD is one of the most common diagnoses that we see. The prevalence of GERD in the western world is reported to be between… Read More »

Excitement Brewing for BGA’s Dr. Rajat Parikh

Though “medicine” and “micro-brewery” may be near one another in a dictionary, for most people the two words are not a combination of pursuits that immediately come to mind. But Rajat Parikh, MD is having significant success with both. To read the full article at Birmingham Medical News, click here.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Diagnosis on the Rise

By: Rajat N. Parikh, MD Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has been more and more frequently diagnosed in young adults at Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates in recent years. EoE is defined as a chronic immune/antigen-mediated esophageal disease characterized clinically by symptoms related to esophageal dysfunction and histologically by eosinophil-predominant inflammation. EoE was a diagnosis discovered in the early… Read More »

Fuse – The Newest and Most Advanced Technology in Colonoscopes

by Kenneth M. Sigman, M.D. Colonoscopy has proven its worth over the past 40 or more years. It is clearly the best test for screening for colon cancer and detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps. Multiple longitudinal studies have confirmed that removing these polyps significantly reduces the incidence of colon cancer. Colonoscopes, and their imaging qualities,… Read More »