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i would like to know the diff. between melanosa coli(i have it) and ischemic bowel. i mean, did the pathologists even consider if have ischmic bowel -?

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Dr. Stephen Berns
20 years experience Pathology
Easy to see: Melanosis coli is very easy to pick up under the microscope. One looks for big cells called histiocytes that are filled with pigment. Ischemic bowels looks very different, with slightly more subtle findings. If you have significant doubt about a pathology test, though, you should ask for a second opinion, especially for a cancer diagnosis.
Answered on Aug 18, 2013
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