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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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Does C-diff cause pain similar to ibd? During colonoscopy, can C-diff look like UC and or Chrohns or will it visibly look different?

Does C-diff cause pain similar to ibd? During colonoscopy, can C-diff look like UC and or Chrohns or will it visibly look different?

Can: C diff generally watery diarrhea, can be painful, with fever. Can be mild or severe, with bleeding, toxicity, even life threatening. Causea inflammation, may look ,like IBD (often looks different). IBD is risk factor for C diff (even in absence of antibiotic use). Need to exclude it in sudden flares of IBD . ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed erythematous mucosa in sigmoid colon. Dr said it is probably from C.diff which I had about 5 months earlier. Should I be worried?

Colonoscopy showed erythematous mucosa in sigmoid colon. Dr said it is probably from C.diff which I had about 5 months earlier. Should I be worried?

Any symptoms?: Do not be concerned about the finding you mentioned. If you do not have any symptoms, let it be. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Husband has ulcerative colitis. Labs & colonoscopy rule out flare. C.diff infection! Flagyl day 5, diarrhea lessening but pain & fatigue still bad. When should he see improvement? Dr. appt in 2 days.

Soon: Good there no Flare up of Ulcerative Colitis. Also glad to hear that C. Diff. toxin induced Diarrhea is improving. Make sure he is taking electrolyte water to replenish potassium. Everyday will be some improvement. Please follow up with your doctor. He will need another stool sample to check on eradication of C.Diff .infection ...Read more

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My Dr suspects IBD (due to stool sample result) - awaiting colonoscopy. Taking Doxycycline for Lyme. Am I likely to get C Diff? Currently have upper abdominal cramps, are they normal with Doxycycline?

My Dr suspects IBD (due to stool sample result) - awaiting colonoscopy. Taking Doxycycline for Lyme. Am I likely to get C Diff? Currently have upper abdominal cramps, are they normal with Doxycycline?

Not uncommon: Doxycycline needs be taken with food but even then many people have gastric upset from it. It is impossible to predict whether you will have C difficile problem but I would recommend you take a probiotic whenever you are on an antibiotic. If your stomach still bothers you , ask your doctor to Rx an alternative. ...Read more

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I have had hypothyroidism. I got C. Diff back in July & don't have anymore but still recovering. My stomach area is very bloated (protruding) & I can't stop burping & passing gas. Do I have ulcer? How can I help? I got CT scan & colonoscopy = nothing

I have had hypothyroidism. I got C. Diff back in July & don't have anymore but still recovering. My stomach area is very bloated (protruding) & I can't stop burping & passing gas. Do I have ulcer? How can I help? I got CT scan & colonoscopy = nothing

Bacterial overgrowth: You give the symptoms of bacterial overgrowth syndrome which is a form of irritable bowel syndrome. The cause of this is a prior intestinal infection of any kind. You need to test for bacterial overgrowth syndrome. Less likely to be an ulcer. Avoid gas producing foods like onions. Avoid spicy foods. Take lactobacillus in pill form daily. Other probiotics could worsen problem. Follow up with GI MD. ...Read more

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AB CT Scan good. Stomach pain, back pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, dizziness. Colonoscopy scheduled. Could it be colitis, c diff, gastroenteritis?

AB CT Scan good. Stomach pain, back pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, dizziness. Colonoscopy scheduled. Could it be colitis, c diff, gastroenteritis?

Yes, any of those...: ...and many other possibilities as well, particularly given your advanced age of 88. Rather than speculate, please proceed with evaluation and diagnosis-directed appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Would two previous c-sections (last one 3 years back) make a colonoscopy more painful? I need to have it without sedation so i'd like to prepare.

Would two previous c-sections (last one 3 years back) make a colonoscopy more painful? I need to have it without sedation so i'd like to prepare.

Maybe: Hard to know. There is an increased risk of scar tissue so that could make the procedure more uncomfortable. However, a pediatric colonoscope may help. Share your concerns with your gastroenterologist and they can probably help you get through it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?

I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?

Ibs: If your colonoscopy revealed no pathology, ongoing intestinal symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, flatulence can occur with irritable bowel syndrome, lactose or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Chronic intestinal infections are usually diagnosed by stool cultures. Your gastroenterologist, who knows you well, is best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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Why would i need a colonoscopy after c-section?

You wouldn't: C- section is not a cause for colonoscopy. There is likely something else in your history that concerned your doctor. Speak with the doctor that recommended the colonoscopy as for the indication. More than likely, there is something concerning, but they don't want to do it while you are still pregnant. ...Read more

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C an you have a herpes outbreak after a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy risks: Although there are risks of a colonoscopy, transmission of herpes is not one of them. Herpes outbreaks can be provoked by many factors, however, and the stress of preparing for and getting a colonoscopy could provoke an outbreak. ...Read more

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Can i take my vit c and zinc pills when I have a colonoscopy at 3:30?

Can i take my vit c and zinc pills when I have a colonoscopy at 3:30?

Best to wait: I recommend waiting until after your colonoscopy. Delaying these for a few hours isn't going to change anything. ...Read more

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Have had severe rectal pain for 8+ mos., feels like sharp gravel on L side--started the day after a routine colonoscopy!!... Was I injured during C?

Have had severe rectal pain for 8+ mos., feels like sharp gravel on L side--started the day after a routine colonoscopy!!... Was I injured during C?

It's possible.: If your symptoms have gone on for 8 months, you really need to get back to the doctor who did the colonoscopy and be reevaluated for the cause of pain. It simply isn't possible to give any significant information on a forum without further workup and examination. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Zandman
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Clostridium Difficile Infection (Definition)

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause intestinal infection and diarrhea. It more commonly ...Read more