Lindsay K. Hessler, M.D., is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, including advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy is led by Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang, and Dr. Brendan Collins -recognized specialists in breast reconstruction and restoration.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The expert gastroenterology team at Mercy offers specific testing for conditions such as small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO), including duodenal aspirate cultures.
Duodenal aspirate cultures are used to identify infections in the small bowel. Our clinicians will collect a small sample of fluid from the small intestine and lab tests will be conducted with the fluid sample to monitor the growth of bacteria or other organisms.
A procedure called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is performed to obtain the sample.
Your health care provider may order duodenal aspirate cultures if there are signs of too much bacteria growing in the intestinal tract. In most cases, other tests are performed first. This test is rarely performed outside of a research setting.
If your clinician suspects SIBO, and other tests such as a breath test are inconclusive, a duodenal aspirate culture may be helpful in diagnosis and is generally non-invasive for the patient.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
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Dr. Paul Thuluvath leads a team of gastroenterology specialists in Baltimore, Maryland, who help patients find the best treatment options for digestive diseases and liver conditions.
After feeling ill on New Years Eve, Barbara had a screening that revealed a cancerous tumor in her colon.