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At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

Depends on symptoms : If you have no symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits or blood and no relatives, then the age is 50. However, the acg recommends african americans start colonoscopy at the age of 45. If you have a first degree relatvie with colon cancer, you should start at age 40 or ten years younger than the affected relative whichever comes first. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

Varies: It varies on the patient's condition and what is the colonoscopy's intended purpose ...Read more

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Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Clear liquids: are recommended for the colonoscopy prep in order to optimize visualization. If the bowel secretions are cloudy from milk proteins it is more difficult to clear the area completely and have an optimal view of the bowel lining through the scope. Following the prep instructions exactly gives you the best chance of having the most accurate examination. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Are there certain medications I should stop taking before my colonoscopy?

Possibly: In general, we will want you to continue taking all of your usual medications prior to your colonoscopy, even the morning of the procedure. However, some medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-platelet agents and warfarin will increase the risk if bleeding if polyps are removed. Depending why you are taking any of these medications, your endoscopist may want you to stop them. ...Read more

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At what age would my doctor recremend that I have a colonoscopy?

At what age would my doctor recremend that I have a colonoscopy?

Variable: Normal risk(for colon cancer) persons without concerning symptoms(like blood in the stool) usually don't need to start screening with colonoscopies until age 50. Various medical ailments like inflammatory bowel disease, a familial history of colon cancer or polyps or certain genetic syndrome or concerning symptoms will push recommendations for screening earlier. ...Read more

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When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

Unknown : If patient is old enough to prevent cancer and comorbidities risk do not outweigh benefit than continue into the 80 year old range. If you find it ok for an 85 or 90 year old to get colorectal cancer which is preventable than stop at 80. ...Read more

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I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

Maybe: First question is do you have any symptoms to suggest colon disease. Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss most commonly. If not, next question is family history. Any one in your first degree family have colon cancer or polyps? If yes then have one at 5 years, if no then recommendations are to wait 10 years, again, if no symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I get diarrhea to stop one day after colonoscopy?

It must have by now: Otherwise send us an update of this problem now, so that we can deal with the present situation. ...Read more