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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

If it is elective: If would be better to put off. Your obstetrician should be consulted about it. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What are the risk factors in having a colonoscopy done in first trimester of pregnancy?

What are the risk factors in having a colonoscopy done in first trimester of pregnancy?

Not risky if indicat: Colonoscopy may be relatively safe without large fetal risk during first and second trimester of pregnancy if medically indicated. ...Read more

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How reliable is the Prometheus test for diganosing IBD? Doctor can't do colonoscopy bc of pregnancy, but test came back positive.

How reliable is the Prometheus test for diganosing IBD? Doctor can't do colonoscopy bc of pregnancy, but test came back positive.

Somewhat reliable: You are right when you say that colonoscopy with biopsy is the gold standard & would be preferable. Prometheus testing in the lab takes a combination of "markers" (blood reactants to inflammation in the bowel & genetic markers) & comes up with a probability estimate of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. It isn't 100%; your doc will have to interpret. ...Read more

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Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth?  I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

1st colonscopy @ 35: With a family history of colon ca, screening begins at @ 35. Hopefully you won't have polyps (like me). As long as you're not pregnant it should be safe. But remembering "those days", i'd do it before not after. The risk is really being too busy and forgetting or not having the time to have the procedure. ...Read more

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Chronic ab pain and bloody diarrhea. Dr says I need a colonoscopy, but constant false positive pregnancy tests prevent this. Virgin. Help?

Need colonoscopy: You may have inflammation of bowel or a lesion causing symptoms that most likely need colonoscopy to define and arrange for treatment. A false postive pregnancy test should not interfere. Although rare, false positive pregnancy tests happen to some women. . False positive test results can happen for various reasons, as each test looks for the levels of hCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in a woman’s urine or blood. There are different reasons why a pregnancy test would yield false positive results. One of the most common might be an at home urine test that was not done properly. Certain prescription drugs can alter results and give false positives. These drugs include Phenothiazines, Anticonvulsants. certain tranquilizers and some diuretics. Another reason is the possibility of impurities in the urine sample caused by soap or detergent, blood, etc. ...Read more

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I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet. What could this mean?

I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet.  What could this mean?

No news...: ...Is usually good news, but i would call the doctors office to verify there wasn't a miscommunication problem and request a copy of the report or a follow-up appointment with your md to review the results and plans for follow-up. ...Read more

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What test looks at the small intestine? Colonoscopy can't see that far, right?

Capsule endoscopy: Currently I use a small bowel follow through, ct enterpgraphy and video capsule endoscopy. If there is any positive finding, then a double balloon endoscopy or spirus endoscopy can be used to reach the lesion. ...Read more

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50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do i need a colonoscopy screening even if i don't have symptoms?

Yes: Regardless of your smoking history, you should have got your first screening colo as soon as you turned 50. Observational trials suggest that smoking increases the risk of polyps and colon cancer to some degree, (not to mention multiple other cancers and cardiopulmonary issues) so if you want my advise, get rid of those cigarettes for good. ...Read more

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My dad has cold l, I have endoscopy/colonoscopy in 2 weeks, I can't reschedule it's urgent. how can I avoid getting cold until then ?

Cold: Best way to avoid cold is to avoid using same hand towels and glasses as person who is ill. Also get plenty of fluids and rest. Others you may be exposed to and not know it that they may be ill. therefore, avoid people who are outwardly ill. ...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