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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Does toilet paper cause colon cancer?

Toilet paper Ca?: Never heard this one before. What kind of crap are you reading? I recommend using uptodate.com for medical information and nothing else. Beware of becoming a cyberchrondriac. ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Yes: A complete colonoscopy reaches the most distal part of the small bowel. When the colonoscopy is being done to evaluate for small bowel conditions, like crohn's disease, the operator will go into the small bowel and take biopsies. ...Read more

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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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Does poop sticking to the toilet mean colon cancer?

Does poop sticking to the toilet mean colon cancer?

No: The consistency of stool is not effected by the presence or absence of cancer of the bowel. The diameter may be narrowed and blood may be present but adherence of stool to toilet un related. We have found that the tumors do shed surface protein into the stool that may be of diagnostic importance but again consistency not effected by presence of tumor but possibly diet. ...Read more

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Where does colon cancer spread to?

Where does colon cancer spread to?

Colon ca mets: Most commonly to the liver. Then to the lungs. Rectal cancer may spread to lung before spreading to liver. ...Read more

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Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Maybe: Larger growths can contain cancer, but other polyps can be large and still be fully benign. Pathology would review the polyp after it is removed. ...Read more

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What are Bowel Loops? Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops, etc

What are Bowel Loops?  Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops,  etc

Folds of the bowels: Your body has about 20 feet of small intestine (small bowel) and 5 feet of large intestine (large bowel). The intestines are folded and form loops to fit into the abdomen. Large bowel loop refers to the folds of the large intestine and small bowel loops refers to the folds of small intestine. This reference is usually made during xray or CT imaging done. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Whatever: Can you still find a paper bag? The idea is to build up co2 levels so the smallest bag that will cover both your nose and mouth and hold a good breath would work. But a big bag would probably work almost as fast if that's all you have. Plastic would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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Colon - cecum, ascending, hepatic flexure, transverse, splenic flexure, descending, sigmoid, rule out mcn, " are multiple tan, irregular to linear soft?

Colon - cecum, ascending, hepatic flexure, transverse, splenic flexure, descending, sigmoid, rule out mcn, " are multiple tan, irregular to linear soft?

What is the question: Please resubmit your question; as it is written it is currently not possible for me to answer. I look forward to your resubmission and being able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Appendix, colon cancer and abdominal hernia mesh implant scar tissue causing periodic bowel obstructions. Can anything be done about the scar tissue?

Appendix, colon cancer and abdominal hernia mesh implant scar tissue causing periodic bowel obstructions. Can anything be done about the scar tissue?

Yes: Imagine your intestines are like a rope in a bucket with glue poured over them. The glue would represent the scar tissue, and could be holding a single part of the intestine in a position that makes it prone to twist and intermittently obstruct. This can be released with an operation, best attempted laparoscopically (open causes comparatively more scar tissue). Can't remove scar tissue though. ...Read more

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Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Not really: Not really the size of the polyp does not determined if it is cancer or not of course large polyp can do more damage and depend on location can cause obstruction and bleeding the histology of the polyp determined if it is malignant or pre malignant. ...Read more

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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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How long to wait for safe colonoscopy after colon resection? Polyp in rectum, blood in stool, no stoma.

How long to wait for safe colonoscopy after colon resection? Polyp in rectum, blood in stool, no stoma.

Coordinate: With your surgeon & your gastroenterologist. Maybe wait 4-6 weeks after surgery, but would be best to get the approval from your surgeon who knows your condition in detail, before having colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries. Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages. Can anything be done about it?

Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries.  Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages.  Can anything be done about it?

Significant problem: There are no known medical treatments for adhesions. Once formed, there isn't medicine that can dissolve them. Symptomatic treatment with pain & anti-nausea meds may be helpful at controlling some of the symptoms. The main stay of treatment is surgical therapy called adhesiolysis or lysis of adhesions. Adhesions can be divided using laparoscopic techniques which may relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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