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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can a dr. miss anything on a colonoscopy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Bodell
General Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: A colonoscopy looks at the inside of the bowel, from the anus to the cecum (right side). Many folds of the bowel are seen and a small polyp, color change or persistant pressure from an internal organ could be missed.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
28 years experience
Yes: A colonoscopy is not perfect, but it is the best we have for evaluating the lining of the colon. It is excellent for looking at inflammatory conditions of the colon and for polyps larger than 1 cm.
Last updated Nov 10, 2015


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