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is it normal to have diarrhea after a colonoscopy

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherer
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: There may be a lingering effect from the prep solution, but should stop in a day or two.
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
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
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A male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: It is abnormal. Did you have any polyp removed during the procedure? Better call your GI doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yes: It is possible for both of our questions to be true.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Colonoscopy per se should not cause diarrhea. You may wish to consult your doctor.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
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

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