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A 37-year-old female asked:

If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Diagnosis bycamera: Talk to your hospitals x-ray department and ask them if you can swallow a capsule that contains a miniature camera and takes pictures of you GI tract.
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
You can have one: If you're breastfeeding, you can have a colonoscopy. You should pump and discard for 24 hours after receiving sedation drugs. The preparation for colonoscopy is not harmful. If you have symptoms, you should see a gastroenterologist or colon/rectal surgeon right away. Don't wait until you finish breastfeeding.
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe not related: See a gastroenterilogist. The short anesthetic used is not likely a contraindication to breast feeding. Also can ask your pediatrician. If a colonoscooy is indicated then it is probably alright. Swallowing a camera does not visuslize the colon, only small intestine. Ct colonography involves bowel prep with x-ray & contrast exposure.
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Dr. Siddharth Mathur
undefined 22 years experience
Colonoscopy is safe during breast feeding for a symptomatic patient, for asymptomatic you can wait till after. The procedure is very short, only the prep can sometimes be uncomfortable during breastfeeding.
Feb 7, 2013
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you for your expert input.
Feb 7, 2013
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Pump?: If the concerns for colon cancer are so great as to warrant an intervention such as a colonoscopy, perhaps you could use formula or pre-pumped breast milk during the period of time you are unable to breast feed.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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