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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. Warren Foster
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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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Is a pill cam a good to find a diagnosis that a colonoscopy couldn't?

It may be.: The purpose of the pill cam is to go where the colonscopy cannot. The pill cam can see the different parts of the small bowel and may get a closer look at the large bowel. It may also catch something that is intermittent such as bleeding that the colonoscopy did not catch. It may well help. Please make sure you have seen a gastroentologist. ...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 ?

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

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I did colonoscopies 6 and 2 years ago, hemorrhoids found, haven't treated them. Now, positive FOBT. Shall I have a new colonoscopy? 46 yo.

I did colonoscopies 6 and 2 years ago, hemorrhoids found, haven't treated them. Now, positive FOBT. Shall I have a new colonoscopy? 46 yo.

No: The short answer is not now. Alternate tests, such as CBC with iron studies, repeating occult blood testing with a different kit and eventually a capsule endoscopy only after you completed treatment as started for H pylori gastritis would be advisable. Constipation should be avoided as much as possible. ...Read more

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I recently had a colonoscopy and everything was negative except I have hemorrhoid. Shouldn't he have prescribed something for the hemorrhoids.

Depends on symptoms: All patients have hemorrhoids. Only those with symptoms are treated. Specifically, for bleeding, you can be referred to a colon and rectal specialist for rubber band ligation or other outpatient treatments to treat hemorrhoids. Most topical creams can help treat pain if that was the issue. Sitz baths are very soothing as well. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Seek alternative: diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can occur in the context of other GI or systemic disorders. Highly unlikely to be Crohn's disease if scope negative. Finding the true diagnosis will lead to an effective management plan. ...Read more

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I'm having a colonoscopy please tell me what is considered a clear liquid can I have apple sauce? And why can't I have red jello? I only like the red

Follow instructions: Generally speaking, the working definition of a liquid is clear is one in which you can pour in a glass and still be able to 'read the newspaper through it'. Apple sauce is not allowed. Red jello and liquids are not allowed because they can make any remaining fluid in the colon at the time of the colonoscopy look like blood. Follow your prep instructions so you can get the best exam possible. ...Read more

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After having a pre cancerous polyp removed during a colonoscopy, are there other tests that should be done to ensure I don't have cancer anywhere else?

After having a pre cancerous polyp removed during a colonoscopy, are there other tests that should be done to ensure I don't have cancer anywhere else?

Depends a lot: on your other risk factors, such as genetics, environmental influences, and other co-morbidities. You should consult with your primary physician for definitive medical advice. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy tuesday at 2:30pm, what is the best way to get cleaned out because i don't think i can do the peg 3350&electrolyte prep due to taste. Help?

Colonoscopy tuesday at 2:30pm, what is the best way to get cleaned out because i don't think i can do the peg 3350&electrolyte prep due to taste. Help?

The : 1/2 liter peg preps are pretty well tolerated especially movi prep which is the one i use. You need to discuus the prep with your doctor immediately so they know you have issues with the prep and may need an alternative or to reschedule your procedure. ...Read more

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I've been having moderate cramping the past couple of days and I had a colonoscopy five days ago. I don't have any other issues. Should I be concerned?

I've been having moderate cramping the past couple of days and I had a colonoscopy five days ago. I don't have any other issues. Should I be concerned?

What's in your diet: Cramping is not unusual being that there isn't any other symptoms however check Iwith you gi doc if this persist drink plenty of non carbonated fluids and avoid any gassy foods if pain intensifies or bleeding fever occurs seek medical treatment immediately ...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