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What causes stomach lining thickening, extremely inflammed

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What causes stomach lining thickening, extremely inflammed intestines with normal blood work?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
hello
Where are you getting these findings?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had exploratory surgery Wednesday (May 30th, 2012) and the surgeon saw my intestines "extremely inflammed" and yesterday I had a CT Scan at the Emergency Room because I was in severe pain like I have never felt before. The CT Scan showed stomach lining thickening but CBC and Chemistry tests were normal.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
OK
Did the surgeon take biopsies?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
NO, because it was a gyn surgery, we thought I had adhesions that was causing pain but when he got in there it was my intestines inflammed that is causing pain. I have an appt with a GI dr on the 18th of this month that is going to set up a colonoscopy. I am worried about colon cancer because 10 family members that I know of has or has passed away from colon cancer (including my mom) but when I research stomach lining thickening all I can find is it could be stomach cancer. I do have an elevated CEA of 8 ng/ml (I am a smoker)
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
OK
What I was going to say is the crohn's disease [inflammatory bowel disease] could cause all of this..and you need a colonoscopy and biopsies.
Which it sounds like you are going to have.
Ulcerative colitis is possible but would not affect the stomach.
So a scope of the colon, and even the stomach, would be in order now.

Use reply if you need to clarify


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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
So, I shouldn't worry about tumors or cancer in the lining of my stomach? Or in my colon for that matter? The reason I am so worried is because my mom was only 44 when she passed away from colon cancer.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
It is good to screen for cancer but it would not be my choice based on your findings..this sounds like a more diffuse inflammatory process at this point, as I have mentioned above.


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