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Can stool in the colon obstruct the view or impact the results of a CT scan of the abdomen /pelvis?

Can stool in the colon obstruct the view or impact the results of a CT scan of the abdomen /pelvis?

Not usually.: Depends upon what one is looking for. The ordering physician and radiologist collaborate to use the proper protocol to get the images they need. Sometimes this requires drinking contrast and/or having contrast injected. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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My CT scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended' worrisome? Bowel symptoms also.

My CT scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended'  worrisome? Bowel symptoms also.

Talk to your doctor: Most likely you already have rectal exam, you don't have to worry as long as not on inner mucosal layer , cancers start from mucosa not from muscle wall , at 43 you will need not just digital exam , need complete visualization by colonoscopy , speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Can rectal cancer present as wall thickening of the distal rectum on ct?

Can rectal cancer present as wall thickening of the distal rectum on ct?

Possibly: But so can non-specific inflammation cause the same thickening. Needs a physical exam, sigmoidoscopy and maybe a biopsy to tell. Ct scan findings of the rectum can be non-specific and needs the physical examination to tell more. ...Read more

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What's the role of the colon in digestion?

What's the role of the colon  in digestion?

Fluids: The colon is mostly used for water or fluid absorption. Digestion and nutrient absorption is performed in the stomach & small intestine. ...Read more

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CT-Prominent appendix ill-defined enhance soft tissue at base of appendix & stranding of adjacent omentum.Colonscpy/gastroscpy-chronic gastritis.Mean?

CT-Prominent appendix ill-defined enhance soft tissue at base of appendix & stranding of adjacent omentum.Colonscpy/gastroscpy-chronic gastritis.Mean?

Symptoms?: These results must be clinically correlated. I can explain what it means but ultimately no diagnoses can be made without a good history and physical. The CT basically- ill defined ... means they see something at the base of the appendix but it does really have definition (does not resemble anything particular), stranding- often represents inflammation, chronic gast.- stomach inflamed but not new. ...Read more

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What is the origin of cancer of colon?

What is the origin of cancer of colon?

Colon cancer: Genetic alterations (changes in the dna or ways in which dna is regulated) in the epithelium of the colon (the cells that line the colon) are the source of colon cancer. These changes can occur for many reasons, some of which are genetics alone (family predisposition), a combination of genetics and environment (foods, toxins), or the we don't exactly know category. ...Read more

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Cause of adhesion in descending colon?

Cause of adhesion in descending colon?

Need more info..: I would need more medical history. How was the condition diagnised? What were the colonoscooy or x-ray findings? Has there been past surgery or injury? Postoperative scarring from prior surgery can occur but often does not affect the left colon. Diverticulitis can can scarring and colon blockage, but unusual at age 39. ...Read more

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Whats the signs of colon cancer?

Whats the signs of colon cancer?

None really...: In the majority of patients (over 80%), colon cancer is silent. Symptoms and signs of altered stool pattern or appearance, weight loss, blood in the stool are often late manifestations of advanced disease. Unfortunately, these signs are nonspecific, and can present with many other GI issues--so don't freak out if you are experiencing them. Just get checked. ...Read more

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Can familial adenomatous polyposis affect the whole of the colon?

Can familial adenomatous polyposis affect the whole of the colon?

It can: Also impact on other parts of the GI tract including the duodenum. This inherited disorder also is associated with abdominal desmoid tumors. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

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What is the prevalence of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: Review of literature shows: 132,700 new cases diagnosed each year in the US. 93,000 of these cases are colon cancer and the rest are rectal cancer. Colon and rectal cancer is common and lethal. Five years survival rate varies from 93% for stage I to 8.6% for stage IV. ...Read more

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In MRI: found head pancreatic cyst developing a fistula running in ventral direction into the mesentery of the Colon transversum, meaning? & reasons?

In MRI: found head pancreatic cyst developing a fistula running in ventral direction into the mesentery of the Colon transversum, meaning? & reasons?

Ask your doctor: I assume that you have a doctor who ordered the MRI for you. He/she is expected to address your questions and concerns. So tell us what you know and what more you want to know?. A cyst in the Pancreas can develop without any obvious reasons(why do people become ill?). It is just like any ailments that can devlop for no obvious reasons. If it is causing you any local symptoms, you may need an opera ...Read more

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What is the risk of bowel perforation from CT colonography "virtual colonoscopy"??

What is the risk of bowel perforation from CT colonography "virtual colonoscopy"??

Not invasive.: A traditional colonoscopy is invasive; the fiber optic camera is passed through the colon, and therein causes the low risk of perforation of the colon. A CT colonography is not invasive; it's just a fancier CT scan, so there's nothing to directly cause a perforation. ...Read more

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Cancer of rectum?

Cancer of rectum?

Yes: Yes, it is possible to get cancer of the rectum, and this can be a serious condition. If you have concerns about this you should get evaluated. To prevent, consider exercise, a healthy diet, a healthy weight, eating plenty of green vegetables, and getting regular screening. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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What is tortuosity of colon?

Colon is: Long and takes a roundabout course. By itself it is not a problem, but it could predispose you to twisting, or volvulus, of colon. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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A voluminous lesion in the tail of the pancreas also encompassing the greater curvature of the stomach,12cm tumor.is dangerous fibroscopy?operated?

A voluminous lesion in the tail of the pancreas also encompassing the greater curvature of the stomach,12cm tumor.is dangerous  fibroscopy?operated?

Cystadenoma: This size lesion expanding to stomach can not be the classic adenoCa. It is probably an islet cell neoplasm or more likely cystadenoma. Since the latter almost always converts to carcinoma, resection of distal pancreas, spenectomy since splenic vein always involved and partial gastectomy must be performed. Laparotomy should be used and depending on path, chemo may be needed PO. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more


Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Anatomy (Definition)

Anatomy is the study of the human body, ...Read more