Dear Doctor: I have Zenker’s diverticulum that, after 10 years, seems to be very large, judging by the volume it holds. At virtually every meal, I choke on food clogged in my esophagus, then I aspirate, then I cough for 10 minutes. Are my aspiration-related-pneumonia risks high enough to warrant [...]
Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly [...]
Dear Doctor: Because of the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors, should I have an H. pylori breath or stool test to make sure I have the H. pylori bacterium before committing to long-term treatment with the PPI? That’s an excellent question, [...]
As a first-time mother of a wonderful child who presented with some unexpected health challenges that required two hospitalizations with many diagnostic procedures and two surgeries within the first year of his life, we are so thankful and appreciative of our pediatrician, Dr. Karen [...]
"I thought, while I'm here, if I'm not busy, I'll go sell Girl Scout cookies," says 10- year-old Elyse Pineda. Evelyn Pineda, mother of Elyse, adds, "She's a regular gastrointestinal patient, so we're in here a lot. She has an intestinal pseudo- obstruction, and we're here this time because she [...]
With flu season behind us – or ahead of us, depending on your perspective – the possibility of contracting the disease is currently low. For people [...]
An upset stomach can’t be ignored – go ahead, try it – but that doesn’t mean you should panic either, as those of us who have spent too much time Googling our various aches and pains are wont to do. "If it lasts for a day or two, [...]
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I want to recognize Dr. Kovacs, Thomas who has a heart of gold. I have never worked with a doctor who has such compassion, kindness, and equally cares for all his patients tremendously. He is truly one of a kind.
Several years ago I had a gastric problem. I waited weeks before I had to go to the ER. There was so much activity surrounding me it was terrifying. Except there was one hand, holding mine nearly every moment, it reasured me with out words that I would OK. And [...]