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Why would I have a colonoscopy when anemic

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Colon cancer: One of the most common causes of anemia in adults is colon cancer. In this type of cancer, one can slowly bleed over many months slowly making him/he... Read More
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
To find the reason: To see if a lesion in your colon is the reason for your anemia. Large polyps and cancers can bleed slowly in the colon leading to anemia.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Looking for cause: Your doctor is looking for a reason for your anemia and one possibility is that you have been bleeding from your GI tract without noticing it. There a... Read More

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Heavy periods: Heavy irregular periods are the primary cause of anemia in young girls.
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Iron deficiency...: The most common cause in your age group would be iron deficiency anemia. This could be caused by both diet and if you have somewhat heavy periods. Try... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Ask the doctor: The doctor who performed the colonoscopy would be in the best position to explain that. Some people have longer than usual colon that a may fold in an... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Poleszak
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
If other causes : Of anemia can not be found-go for it.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need to examine: There are many reasons for your hemoglobin to drop, like malabsortption, hemorrhoids, bone marrow malfunction, excessive red destruction etc. It is no... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpfu... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vincent Rizzo
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: most females of child bearing age who are iron deficiency can attribute it to their menses. if you are not having GI symptoms or black or bloody stool... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 39 years experience
Anemia of Chronic Dz: Your elevated ferritin and depressed serum iron suggests an anemia related to chronic disease. This is a perplexing problem to solve without a careful... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Bleeding can be...: ...intermittent, from any source. If there is clinical evidence that points to the GI tract as a likely source of your anemia then colonoscopy is inde... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Investigate iron def: If an adult has anemia DUE TO IRON DEFICIENCY, the cause is almost always blood loss. In men and non-menstruating women, the blood loss is almost alw... Read More

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