Tony Lopez, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
Location and Office HoursUCSD Internal Medicine
9350 Campus Point Dr Ste C
La Jolla, CA 92037
- UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest
- UCSD Thornton Hospital
What is the digestive tract?
The digestive tract is the part of our bodies that helps in the digestion of food. This starts with the mouth as we ingest food all the way to our rectum where we expel our waste and everything in between as our food travels through its long journey! This includes from our mouth to our esophagus (food pipe), then to our stomach, on to our small intestine, then large intestine which our rectum is the end where waste is expelled.
How does Crohn's disease differ from ulcerative colitis?
Both Crohn's and ulcerative colitis (UC) are forms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). (By the way, IBD is not the same as IBS, irritable bowel syndrome.) It can actually be very difficult to distinguish between Crohn's and UC, but one of the key differences involves the areas of your system that each attacks. Here are a few things that doctors tend to look for:
- Crohn's disease most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine and/or parts of the large intestine (also called the colon). However, Crohn's disease isn't limited to these areas and can attack any part of the digestive tract. UC tends to attack the large intestine and/or the rectum.
- Crohn's disease causes inflammation that extends much deeper into the layers of the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis does.
- Crohn's disease generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the bowel.
- The best way for doctors to confirm their diagnosis is to do internal exams. This usually involves using a device called an endoscope and also by taking biopsies.
What does a vocational rehabilitation specialist do?
LIVESTRONG answeredA vocational rehabilitation specialist evaluates whether someone can return to work and if so how best to accomplish this. This may involve the use of special equipment such as a one-handed computer keyboard. If it is necessary for someone to work in an entirely new occupation, vocational retraining may be offered.
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