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What does ct scan results mean? Large amount of colonic stool confirm moderate amount of free peritoneal air as well as air in the anterior wall and the retro peritoneum. The study was with IV contrast only.

What does ct scan results mean? 
Large amount of colonic stool
confirm moderate amount of free peritoneal air as well as air in the anterior wall and the retro peritoneum. 
The study was with IV contrast only.

Prob not good.: The large amount of stool in the colon is not necessarily abnormal BUT, air in the abdomen means the bowel has had a leakage OR it is post surgery.
Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, if there isn't surgery, a burst bowel is often fatal. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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What does it mean when the colon is completely impacted with stool with no room left?

What does it mean when the colon is completely impacted with stool with no room left?

Impacted stool: It means that pt has severe constipation. This is common in elderly pts also in pts taking narcotics (strong pain killers). Many medications contribute to it. Tx is to increase fluid intake, increase fiber or fiber supplements(fibercon) stool softeners, and 3xwk or if no bowel movement in 3 days. Digital disimpaction may be necessary if hard stool present in anus or rectum with or w/o enemas. ...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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I have Colonic Atony & my Rectum doesn't function. What does it mean when you have blood laced inside your stools? Could this mean I'm getting worse?

I have Colonic Atony & my Rectum doesn't function. What does it mean when you have blood laced inside your stools? Could this mean I'm getting worse?

Not normal: Blood in the stool is not normal and needs to be explained. Causes can range from local irritation, anal fissure (crack in the tissue), hemorrhoid, polyp, to cancer. You will meed to see a health care provider to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

If it feels like my colon is full still after I use the washroom, can that mean be normal? I heard of colon cancer, but stool seems normal. No pain.

May be normal: The reservoir of the large bowel is transverse colon and not rectum. One may not be fully emptying that site if having normal BM. The final solution is in colonoscopy where if nothing seen on complete scoping, this would rule out Ca. If such occurs the symptoms may be arising in small bowel and at that point TCT of abdomen would be helpful ...Read more

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Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Can watery stool mean I have colon cancer?

Unlikely: It would be very, very unlikely at the age of 16 to have colon cancer. Watery stools would most likely be related to a viral illness that should last no more than 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is my stool red mean I have colon cancer?

Please help docs! Is my stool red mean I have colon cancer?

Not always. : But red stool could mean blood and blood in the stool could be due to cancer. Please see your doctor about this matter promptly even if the stools go back to normal. ...Read more

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What can blood in stool mean after colon resection?

What can blood in stool mean after colon resection?

Bleeding: It depends. If it is bright red blood it could be an area of irritation at surgery site or anastomosis, an ulcer, a blood vessel or other complication of surgery. Other conditions unrelated to surgery such as hemorrhoids and diverticulosis can result in bleeding. You need to talk with your doctor to clarify what you are noting. ...Read more

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Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

Does having pencil thin stool mean I have colon cancer?

For how long?: Anybody can pass a thin one from time to time. If this persists for more than a few days, go in and get a rectal from your physician. It's more worrisome to have the caliber decreasing gradually over time. ...Read more

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I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that mean I have colon cancer?

No, that is just one: Possiblity. Most likely is hemorroids, then infections, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis, angiodysplasia. But you are right, the most deadly is cancer, so have it checked out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

What to do if I have blood in my stools sometimes, does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?

No: Most common cause of bleeding with stool is hemorrhoids. One cannot really tell the cause of bleeding by history alone and people with recurrent bleeding need to have colonoscopy to ensure they do not have any cancer. ...Read more

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What is moderate stool in ascending colon and splenic flexure but only minimal degree distally mean too my health?

What is moderate stool in ascending colon and splenic flexure but only minimal degree distally mean too my health?

Normal: Stool will always be seen in the colon. You are describing normality. Without more of a context we cannot offer more advice. But, your report that you are quoting is 100% normal. ...Read more

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I had an X-ray of my colon yesterday. I have some constipation. They radiology report said I had diffident stool filled colon. What does this mean?

I had an X-ray of my colon yesterday. I have some constipation. They radiology report said I had diffident stool filled colon. What does this mean?

Diffident: Means "modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence". So it is not a useful term with regard to describing the colon. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena — are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding as well. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

No: Darker but not black. Black stool can be from blood entering and mixing in the stool high up in the GI tract notably stomach and duodenum. Black can also be from iron pills and high iron intake in consuming a lot of high iron meals like spinach and green leafys.
East to rule out blood with a simple smear at the doctors office. That's my advice. ...Read more

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What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

What happens if I have tested negative for blood in my stool, does it mean I cannot have colon cancer?

No true correlation: Stool guaiac to define blood in stool of little value since many tumors do not bleed especially those on the rt. side where bowel content is mostly liquid and will not extract blood from a tumor. In addition, internal hemorrhoids can bleed and as such no correlation to malignancy. Colonoscopy every 5 yrs looking for bowel lesions is the most effective screening test at the present time. ...Read more

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I saw blood in my stool and I'm completely freaked out. What could it mean? There is colon cancer in the family.

I saw blood in my stool and I'm completely freaked out. What could it mean? There is colon cancer in the family.

Probably: Just hemorrhoids, but with a family history, all bleeding needs to be properly evaluated, and you probably need a colonoscopy. Do not be freaked out as it does nothing to change your diagnosis, but you at least need a diagnosis. Remember, if caught early by colonoscopy, survival is excellent. See a GI doctor or colon and rectal surgeon soon! ...Read more

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After CT scan found excessive stool in colon. What does this mean?

Constipation: You have constipation. If you are not moving bowels then you should discuss this w your md. There are medications to help get the bowels moving ...Read more

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Does green stool means cancer? I sometimes have this problem along with pellet like stool and constipation. Does this mean colon cancer?

Does green stool means cancer? I sometimes have this problem along with pellet like stool and constipation. Does this mean colon cancer?

No: Color of stool is affected by your diet. It does not mean one has colon cancer. However, if you see bright red blood/bleeding in your stool- then you should see your doctor for more evaluation to see where is the source of the bleeding. You definitely need to make sure you hydrate (drink water) yourself and increase intake of fibers to help your constipation. ...Read more

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I've had hard stool blocking my colon for many months and nothing seems to work to completely clear my entire large intestine. What can I take?

I've had hard stool blocking my colon for many months and nothing seems to work to completely clear my entire large intestine. What can I take?

Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around it on the outside and I was feeling very week, now I feel fine but the stool

What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around it on the outside and I was feeling very week, now I feel fine but the stool

Need to discuss: Need to discuss this further. You are 33, clearly have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer, have already had surgery and now with black stool.

Black stool usually signifies blood from the upper abdominal tract — stomach, duodenum, small intestine.

You should definitely not leave this alone and speak with a specialist regarding this further. ...Read more

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How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

How accurate % Is the schebo stool test in colon cancer? I mean how can it miss a tumor since it decects bleeding and nonbleeding tumors

Schebo colon ca test: ScheBo tumor M2-PK Stool Test is a totally new approach for bowel cancer screening. Previously, only non-specific tests for blood in the stool could be used to give an indication of an existing bowel cancer (24% accuracy). With the new ELISA method for Tumor marker M2-PK in the stool it?s now possible to detect bleeding or non-bleeding bowel cancers, as well as polyps (80-90%,sen.- specificity) ...Read more

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I'm 22 with freah blood in stool occassionally no other symptoms chances it means I may have colon cancer?

I'm 22 with freah blood in stool occassionally no other symptoms chances it means I may have colon cancer?

No: The commonest cause of painless rectal bleeding in a young individual is internal hemorrhoids. You should see your pcp who can do proctodscopy and see if the hemorrhoids are bleeding. He can then decide whether you need colonoscopy or a colorectal surgeon for treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Wat can be causes of constipation. X-ray showed where large intestine (colon) starts. Stool very thick mushy. Messy on t/p clean up?

Diet: Most causes of constipation are diet related. Getting enough fiber to make stools move through easily is not too difficult, but must be attended. Raw crunchy vegetables, whole grains, many fruits (peaches, plums, pears, pineapple, apricots, strawberries, etc) are helpful. Too much milk or dairy in relation to the remainder of the diet will constipate. ...Read more

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What does dark green stool mean (problem in colon or small intestine)? Having for 5 weeks. Waiting for my colonoscopy biopsy results.

What does dark green stool mean (problem in colon or small intestine)? Having for 5 weeks. Waiting for my colonoscopy biopsy results.

Green stool: Green stool doesn't necessarily mean anything, I wouldn't put too much thought into the color of your stool until the colonoscopy report comes back ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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