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Is it normal to have diarrhea after a colonoscopy

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Yes: Before colonoscopy you have to drink plenty of laxatives to clense your bowel. Therefore, some of the liquid may still be in your colon even after the... Read More
Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Yes: There may be a lingering effect from the prep solution, but should stop in a day or two.

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Colonoscopy: This doesn't sound especially worrisome. But read the materials you probably were given after the procedure. They may explain what symptoms to watch f... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Post colonoscopy: Changes in bowel habits have been known to occur after the colon cleansing and the colonoscopy itself but bowel function usually normalizes after a fe... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
No: It is abnormal. Did you have any polyp removed during the procedure? Better call your GI doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: You may have some residual bowel preparation solution. if the diarrhea persists more than one day, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. Bowel m... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Colonoscopy per se should not cause diarrhea. You may wish to consult your doctor.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
After a colonoscopy: Your colon is empty so it may take 24 48 hours of eating a regular diet before your stools normalize. Much longer than that and you need to report thi... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
The work-up for: chronic diarrhea can be complex. Key factors are is it watery, bloody, fatty appearing. The colonoscopy is most important if it is bloody to evaluate ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shiroko Sokitch
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
No: If you have urgency and diarrhea, you might have an infection. It is not normal to have diarrhea or an urgency to push. You don't need another colonos... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Diarrhea: Generally after a colonoscopy, with its vigorous preparation of cleaning out the colon, it takes days for the bowel function to return to normal. Usua... Read More

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