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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between endoscopy and colonoscopy?

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Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 31 years experience
General vs Specific: The term 'endoscopy' encompasses a great many procedures where a scope (endoscope) of some kind is inserted into some oriface for some purpose (looking through the mouth into the stomach or small intestine, looking through the nose up into the sinuses, etc). 'colonoscopy' specifically refers to inserting a 'colonoscope' into the rectum and viewing the entire colon.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
The difference: Is usually endoscopy refers to an upper scoping procedure through the mouth, esophagus, stomach and first portion of your duodenum or small intestine. Colonoscopy evaluates the colon or large intestine and performed through the anus.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Endoscopy and colonoscopy, what are these?

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Help see GI tract: Endoscopy is when a camera is placed down your mouth to see the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract. Colonoscopy is when a camera is placed into the rectum to see the lower part of your gastrointestinal tract.

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