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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Is there help fecal retention syndrome?

Is there help fecal retention syndrome?

Outlet constipation?: Many people have poor coordination in the pelvic floor muscles that perform dual function: tighten up to hold things in during cough, sneeze, laugh or lifting; completely relax to allow easy passage of stool. If the relaxation is incomplete or the muscles tighten up when you push then passing stool will be difficult. Pelvic exercises guided with biofeedback can often improve relaxation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fecal retention?

What is the definition or description of: Fecal retention?

Fecal retention: Fecal retention = Stool is retained in the rectum. This can be due to medical or psychological causes. ...Read more

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When I have a UC episode, I hardly have any formed fecal matter. I would like to know what is happening in my colon. Where is the fecal matter?

When I have a UC episode, I hardly have any formed fecal matter. I would like to know what is happening in my colon. Where is the fecal matter?

Ulcerative colitis: The inflammatory reaction in your intestine draws water, white blood cells, and the destructive secretions from the inflammatory response from the overstimulated inflammatory cells (wbc's - neutrophils, macrophages, lymphocytes, etc) that cause breakdown if the linings of the intestinal tract and bleeding. These materials usually are more volume than whatever stool may be in the colon ...Read more

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What is a fecal occult test in detecting colon cancer?

What is a fecal occult test in detecting colon cancer?

Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the samples is a "positive" test. Blood may indicate cancer, hemorrhoids, blood vessel abnormality, local irritation or a host of other non life threatening things. However, blood in the stool is a finding that needs follow up with a more specific test. ...Read more

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Does a fecal occult test also check for colon cancer like a hemocult?

Does a fecal occult test also check for colon cancer like a hemocult?

Yes, test is for Colo: Yes, this is a test for Screening for colon Cancer. Besides this test, Colonoscopy is a very good screening test, recommended to be done at the age of 50 years. If you have a family history of colon cancer, then you should have colonoscopy done now (at age over 40 years) ...Read more

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How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

Pretty low: Conventional assessment of colorectal cancer (CRC) risk largely involves detection of non-dysplastic adenomatous polyps. Standardized sensitivity was 48.2%, for CRC stages I-IV, values were 35.0%, 63.0%, 46.0% and 77.4%, respectively. Specificity was 91.5%. Sensitivity for advanced adenomas was low (11.2%). Ref: Mol Diagn Ther. 2014 Apr;18 (2):127 & Gut. 2014 Feb;63 (2):317 ...Read more

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With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

Discomfort: Certainly a colon filled with hard stool can be uncomfortable, but not damaging. Constipation prevention tips include lots of water, fiber in diet (whole grains, fruits and veggies); possibly a psyllium supplement; and DAILY exercise. Good wishes! ...Read more

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Fecal impaction manually removed today and now my bottom is so sore! I am suppose to drink Golytley to clear my colon and am terrified of the pain! ?

Fecal impaction manually removed today and now my bottom is so sore! I am suppose to drink Golytley to clear my colon and am terrified of the pain! ?

Don't worry so much!: You already had the most difficult part of the most difficult part of the exam, a manual disimpaction. You should go through the rest of the exam in a breeze. ...Read more

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I need advice for colon cleanse, how can I remove fecal matter built up? I have good bowel function, take fiber, water and exercise.

I need advice for colon cleanse, how can I remove fecal matter built up? I have good bowel function, take fiber, water and exercise.

Colon Cleanse: These are a waste of money. Feces does not get stored in the colon. It is a one way tube that handles waste. You state you have good bowel function. Then everything is already getting cleaned out. These can also be dangerous due to the risk of bowel perforation. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer be diagnosed on a fecal occult blood test?

Can colon cancer be diagnosed on a fecal occult blood test?

FOBT is screen: Fobt is designed to test for blood in stool. Blood in stool may be due to any bleeding in the GI tract from the gums to the anus; and there are false positives also. If fobt is positive, colonoscopy is generally recommended to look of colon cancer. Fobt per se is not a diagnostic test for cancer, just blood in stool. ...Read more

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Can a fecal occult blood test tell me if I have colon cancer?

Can a fecal occult blood test tell me if I have colon cancer?

No: Occult blood in stool suggests a point of bleeding from area near appendix across the colon to the rectum. This could be AV malformation, bleeding polyp, tumor, hemmorhoid or fissure. When blood is detected it has to be defined as to origin. Occassionally colonoscopy will reveal a lesion. Newer stool tests for tumor protein more accurate. ...Read more

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How does an iscreen fecal occult blood test detect colon cancer?

How does an iscreen fecal occult blood test detect colon cancer?

No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other causes. Anyone with a positive fobt test should have further work up done to evaluate where the blood is coming from. ...Read more

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Could a fecal occult blood test tell me if I have colon cancer?

Could a fecal occult blood test tell me if I have colon cancer?

Well..: It could show blood in the stool which could mean cancer but not all blood in the stool means cancer and not all colon cancers will have a positive test. Blood in the stool, especially if the patient is anemic, should be evaluated further. ...Read more

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Had an open lower anterior resection for colon cancer. Taking metamucil. How long can I expect to have clustering and fecal incontinence? 2mths post

Had an open lower anterior resection for colon cancer. Taking metamucil. How long can I expect to have clustering and fecal incontinence? 2mths post

It's really variable: The anatomy is totally different after the surgery and will work differently.
Metamucil is a very good first step. Frankly, physical ttherapy for anal/rectal tone
If there is a gap in the perineum, SOLESTA can act like bondo and fill in missing areas a bit.
Phys therapy and overview of topic:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/268674-treatment ...Read more

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Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Probably: Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more

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If colon cancer was causing pain RUQ wouldn't it be big enough to show on CT of abdomen and pelvis? 31 yo- fecal occult blood negative

If colon cancer was causing pain RUQ wouldn't it be big enough to show on CT of abdomen and pelvis? 31 yo- fecal occult blood negative

Not likely colon Ca: Classic colon cancer causes pain via colon obstruction, so in that case, CT would see it. But this would not be expected in a 31 yo w/ occult neg stool.
RUQ pain can be any number of causes in young adult. Need to know more history and clinical exam by a Dr. To advise work up.
Best screen for colon Ca is colonoscopy, but unless strong family history, may start around 50 yrs old. ...Read more

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How does the colon works to move the stool?

How does the colon works to move the stool?

Motility: The colon is the last part of the tube we call the GI tract. The colon's primary job is absorption of water and storage of solid waste until defecation. There are circular & longitudinal muscles that contract sequentially to both mix food so it contacts the colon lining effectively (& thus promotes absorption) as well as propels food forward toward the rectum. Various stimuli control the process. ...Read more

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Is the stool reaction to a colon cleanse safe?

Is the stool reaction to a colon cleanse safe?

Depends: It depends upon the colon cleansing solution. If it is one of the cleansing solution given by your physician prior to colonoscopy, then it is mostly safe. ...Read more

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Can the colon block my stool to get stuck in my rectum????

Can the colon block my stool to get stuck in my rectum????

Likely not: The colon and the rectum are parts of the same thing: the large intestine. The colon is the part of the large intestine that is inside your body, the rectum is the part of the large intestine that is near the anus. So unless the colon "telescopes" into the rectum then no the colon full of stool cannot get stuck in the rectum. ...Read more

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My stool contains black large flakes, say 1/4 inch in size. 1 1/2 days previous history of colon canc 15 yrs ago. Anything to be concerned?

My stool contains black large flakes, say 1/4 inch in size. 1 1/2 days previous history of colon canc 15 yrs ago. Anything to be concerned?

Black stool: Black stool or tarry black stool is a sign of upper GI tract bleeding, not from colon, but anyway needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What to do if I frequently do not go often and heard it is good to do a thorough colon cleanse regularly to get the old stool out what is the best way to do this?

No colonic cleansing: As a pediatrician we normally don't recommend colonic cleansing. I would like to know exactly what the root of the problem and what causes it before I suggest any treatment ...Read more

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Why does my stool get stuck in my colon??

Why does my stool get stuck in my colon??

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome constipation predominant. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. I recommend a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water. If symptoms persist a CT Scan may be needed. ...Read more

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I think I might have animpacted stool in my colon.?

I think I might have animpacted stool in my colon.?

Enema: Often an over the counter enema can soften the stool and allow it to pass. If this is not successul then it will be necessary to see your doctor. Sometimes the hard stool needs to be manually removed by a health professional. ...Read more

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How horrible is a 30 ft backup of stool in the colon?

How horrible is a 30 ft backup of stool in the colon?

Not likely scenario!: How do you define "constipation? " A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. By the way, your colon is about 5-6 feet long, not 30 feet--find a better source of info. ...Read more

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How unhealthy is a 30 ft backup of stool in the colon?

How unhealthy is a 30 ft backup of stool in the colon?

Please don't believe: ...everything you hear! The colon is only 5-6 feet long. A "back-up" as you describe would have stool coming up your esophagus. What problem do you have that we can assist with? ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Colonic (Definition)

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Fecal Retention (Definition)

Fecal retention = Stool is retained in the rectum. This can be due to ...Read more