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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

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?

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?

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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Had a total clean colonoscopy at 45, no polyps. At age 50, now am I still ok, or should I consider another one now. Thanks?

10 years: Current guidelines recommend a repeat colonoscopy in 10 years assuming there is no family history of colon cancer or high risk polyps. ...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

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At age 33, had 3polyps (1 was tubular adenoma) removed during colonoscopy. At age 38, had another 2 benign polpys removed. How common is this in 30s?

See below: Whether it is common or not, you need to have colonoscopy at regular intervals, not exceeding five year between colonoscopies. You may consult this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/colon-polyps/basics/definition/con-20031957 ...Read more

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If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

Probably: But you do need to know the kinds of polyps they were. If hyperplastic and all at the very end - that's the only time I wouldn't necessarily repeat it. But if adenomas, and 4 - your next one should be in 3 years (unless they were quite big in which case even sooner). ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today at 1. It's now 11 and I'm having dhiarrhea and cramping. When should that stop?

A day or two: It's not unusual to have some bowel irregularities for a couple of days following colonoscopy. Your large intestine was just as close to being empty as it has pretty much ever been so it takes a bit of time for it to reestablish that regular function. Don't know if there is scientific evidence to support, but probiotics (from pills or foods) might help restore regular bowel movements. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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Why did my colonoscopy end up being very painful. My doctor had to stop half way. I'm 19 male and a ectomorph?

Anatomy: Thin people have little internal fat; bowel can get bunched up in the pelvis. Some people have lots of loops amd turns in the bowel-more of a challenge. Some people have internal scars (adhesions)-harder to get around. Some have inflammation. Some are resistant to meds. Some docs have a heavy hand. ...Read more