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i have a cold should I cancel colonoscopy

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes - usually: Unless severe symptoms. But you may wish to defer as drinking the prep when you already feel unwell might be extra hard...

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Best to postpone : Although in most cases it would be ok, if you are having the colonoscopy done for screening purposes and you have enough lead time to reschedule it, i ... Read More
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold: Hello, as long as you don't have a fever or productive cough, you should be ok. The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will make the final call.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold: Hello, as long as you don't have a fever or productive cough, you should be ok. The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will make the final call.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends on severity: Depends on severity: if very bad with hacking cough or fever, reschedule. If at end of cold or minimal symptoms, it is ok to proceed: check with MD's ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Discuss with your MD: Some physicians may decide to postpone a colonoscopy (especially elective, screening ones) if you have a cold. This is usually just for your protecti ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Niel Venter
Specializes in Family Medicine
Don't postpone: An early common cold should not be a reason to postpone. You only get a sedation and not full anaesthetic.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience Pediatrics
Cold: Best way to avoid cold is to avoid using same hand towels and glasses as person who is ill. Also get plenty of fluids and rest. Others you may be ex ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Chasanov
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Cold Symptoms: Hi. It is important to call the doctor who is doing the procedure so she is aware of your recent symptoms and how you are feeling currently. Between y ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No problem: There is no reason not to get one if you are not sick. I suspect that you have a genetic predisposition to polyps since it is unusual to need a colono ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Can check with Dr.: A patient with coughing can call his gastroenterologist who will be doing the colonoscopy to see if the procedure needs to be postponed. The decision ... Read More

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