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Internist, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  Int. Med., Gastroenterology. Fellow American College of Physicians. Trained, located in the U.S.
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After an abdominal infection which required hospital stay

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after an abdominal infection which required hospital stay and iv antibiotics still have low hemoglobin,low hematocrit and high rdw-sd, rdw-cv and high platlet and high immature cells absolute. Also high monocyte and high eosinophils. Now scheduled for endoscopy and colonoscopy.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 5 years ago.
what was the cause of the abdominal infection? Do you have any abdominal symptoms? Do they feel that the GI tract was the source of the infection?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I had severe low belly pain and spiked a fever. Cat scan showed infection, in bowel small intestine, appendix and colon. Hospital thought maybe divitriculitis. Gastro doc i just saw said he thinks it could have been a bacterial infection. I had eaten raw ground sirloin the afternoon i got sick. i now have no abdominal symptoms but do aave a feeling of a lump in my trhoat. Could be GERD (but never had this before) or because i have a bad postnasal trip. He seems concerned about the anemia as blood tests in hosptial showed that as well as the one I has 2 days after I was released, although i was still on antibiotics at the time of the test.
Expert:  Internist replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. You are doing the correct thing by having a upper and lower endoscopy. There may be a polyp or blood vessel or inflammation causing chronic blood loss and this can be discovered during these procedures. Usually a CAT scan can diagnose diverticulitis fairly accurately and diverticulitis will be associated with point tenderness. Again the doctors are correct in waiting for the symptoms to disappear before doing the colonoscopy. Your blood values show an anemia that can be the result of an infection and the immature cells may even represent a small amount of continuing infection. the other lab values are just computer-generated findings associated with the anemia. Most likely a doctor will find diverticulosis and may find another source of bleeding. Usually diverticulosis causes fresh large amount of bleeding and not usually a chronic slow bleed. The lump in your throat is not possible for me to tie in with your other problems.
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