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Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Probably not...: But lots of other things can (some benign and others not). Please refer to the many quality answers on healthtap regarding causes of constipation, and approaches to diagnosis and treatment. At 76 years old, evaluation is definitely in order for you--please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Yes, but...: Colon cancer can very rarely cause obstruction of the duct draining the gall bladder(cystic duct) or liver(common bile duct) by growing directly into these structures and causing an obstruction. This can lead to cholecystitis just like that caused when the obstruction is caused by a gall stone. It is a more serious situation but i believe that I have seen it only once in my 36 year career! ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis lead to colon cancer?

Could diverticulitis lead to colon cancer?

No: Although there doesn't appear to be a direct link between diverticular disease and colon or rectal cancer, diverticular disease may make cancer more difficult to diagnose. And rarely, what appears to be diverticulitis may be colon cancer. Because of this, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy after you've recovered from a bout of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Might gall stones cause bowel issues?

Might gall stones cause bowel issues?

Generally not: But I do not know what bowel issues you mean. Gallstone symptoms are usually upper abdominal discomfort and nausea a few hours after eating. Sometimes vomiting. Usually bowel function is normal. Diarrhea or constipatuon isuues are generally not related to gallstones. ...Read more

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

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Anyone have digestive issues with benign peritoneal tumors?

Would be reasonable: Someone could very well have digestive issues if there were any type of peritoneal tumors. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation cause colon cancer?

Can chronic constipation cause colon cancer?

DIET NOT constipated: Not constipation per se , but diet may a factor: diets high in whole grain, fruits, and veggies have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but fiber supplements have not been shown to prevent colo-rectal cancer. Excess red meats and processed meats can increase your colorectal cancer risk and cooking meats at very high heat may create chemicals that might increase cancer risk. ...Read more

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Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

Does colon tumor lead to diverticulitis?

No: Colon cancer does not cause diverticulitis. But you can develop diverticulitis independently while having colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can a colon infection cause colon cancer?

Usually not: Infections can co-exist with, but not cause, colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis, which is not an infection but an inflammatory disease, is tied to increased chances of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Colitis & cancer: Inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer substantially in that regular colonoscopic screening is recommended. Bloating probably has no relation to colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative pancolitis lead to colon cancer?

Can ulcerative pancolitis lead to colon cancer?

Yes: Ulcerative pancolitis, is a chronic disease that inflames the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Specifically, ulcerative colitis causes lesions in the colon. With the inflammation there is a higher risk for developing CRC. Two factors associated with cancer risk , is disease duration and extent of colon involvement . Early tumors develop denovo from carcinogens and utilize inflammation to progress ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Does IBS lead to colon or rectal cancer?

Probably not: Ibs probably does not lead to colon or rectal cancer. Certainly, no studies have found this. However, some of the symptoms of ibs, particularly ibs with constipation, may delay diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer. It may be harder to notice a change in bowel habits when your bowel habits change from day to day. ...Read more

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Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Not commonly: Everyone that has had an a abdominal surgery will form some degree of adhesions. Hopefully most will be minimal. Most patients with "adhesions" will have no problems. If there is chronic or recurrent partial bowel obstructions from adhesions then maybe there could be digestive problems. Vitamin deficiency would not be likely unless they are unable to eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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What to do when you have lower colon issues??

Colon issues: Well, this depends on what those issues are - constipation, diarrhoea, pain, blood in stool? I need more information to help you, sorry. You can book a consult if you would like to go through what the issue is and see what can be done. ...Read more

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Is a range of haemoglobin 12 and RBC 3.75 a range to worry in males. Can this mean colon issues...Advise.

Is a range of haemoglobin 12 and RBC 3.75 a range to worry in males. Can this mean colon issues...Advise.

Possibly: There are several types of anemia, which are categorized as macrocytic, normocytic or microcytic (size of red blood cells); hyperchromic, normochromic or hypochromic (concentration of hemoglobin respective to red blood cell size). Normal hemoglobin/hematocrit range: 13.5-15/40-45. Acute blood loss due to gastrointestinal bleeding usually presents as normocytic, normochromic anemia. ...Read more

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Can a physician help to sort out colon issues or is there another DR to attend to such things?

Can a physician help to sort out colon issues or is there another DR to attend to such things?

A Gastroenterologist: is the specialist who deals with the colon and colon related problems, but a primary care physician is often a good place to start. Usually they can handle the problem on their own, and they can always refer you along if it is something beyond their training level and expertise. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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High ferritn levels 650+ and I have always had colon issues pre-cancer polyps. Test every 2 years. Can ferritin indicate cancer?

High ferritn levels 650+ and I have always had colon issues pre-cancer polyps. Test every 2 years. Can ferritin indicate cancer?

Ferritin: High ferritin can be due to iron overload or any form of chronic or acute inflammation including infections but not usually a marker for malignancy.
People who have a genetic disorder leading to excessive iron absorption called Hemochromatosis do have an increased incidence of liver cancer.
If this is a possibility you should have further iron tests to rule it out. ...Read more

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Had 5 CTabdomen pelvis over 5 years, all unremarkable, no iv contrat (but with oral), Colon issues for about 6 years.Getting scopesoon Worried cancr?

Not cancer: If you have been having symptoms for five years or more, it unlikely that you have colon cancer. It tends to grow faster than that ...Read more

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Is it likely that three abdominal /pelvic CT scans taken over the course of a year (for colon issues) would miss colon cancer?

It is possible: In a routine ct, the colon can be very difficult to evaluate. Stool throughout the colon makes it difficult to identify small masses (i.e., early cancer). Also, there are almost always areas of contraction in the walls that can mimic tumors. Unless the ct is done after a thorough colon prep and with a specific technique designed to identify polyps, colon cancers can "hide" very easily. ...Read more

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Have chronic low back pain. No diagnosis. Hurts worse when gassy or have bowel movement. It's not colon issues. What else could this be?

Have chronic low back pain. No diagnosis. Hurts worse when gassy or have bowel movement. It's not colon issues. What else could this be?

Diagnostic injection: Most back pain is either discogenic or facetogenic. That is either from your disc or the joints in your lower back. A less common cause is the sacroiliac joint. An MRI is useful if not done. After MRI history and physical exam diagnostic X-ray guided blocks can give you a diagnosis and lead to specific treatment . ...Read more

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Colon issues 4 yrs, had sigmoidoscopy (35 cm) and 4 Ct over 3 1/2 years. Only found diverticulousis, crampy, mucusy stools, occaisonal blood, cancer?

Colon issues 4 yrs, had sigmoidoscopy (35 cm) and 4 Ct over 3 1/2 years. Only found diverticulousis, crampy, mucusy stools, occaisonal blood, cancer?

Colonoscopy: I recommend a colonoscopy for more complete examination of the colon,although diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome can cause your symptoms. A gastroenterologist would be best to evaluale,advise and treat you. ...Read more

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Is an inflamed colon a permanent issue?

Depends on why...: Many diseases, some serious, some self-limiting, can cause an inflamed colon (colitis). Some like infections, diverticulitis, ischemia are reversible/treatable and the colon will heal, leaving no trace. Others can wax and wane, leaving scarring and may eventually require surgery sometimes. ...Read more

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If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago,no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?

If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago,no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?

Maybe one day: There are large studies underway right now to answer that question. The US Preventative Services Task Force has not yet decided on whether the fecal DNA test is enough on its own to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does a CT show issues with colon or is that why the colonoscopy exists?

Does a CT show issues with colon or is that why the colonoscopy exists?

Both: A CT can show some colon issues, like a big mass or a blockage sometimes, but the colonoscopy will give better data on the inside of the colon. There are limitations of both studies and each also has its advantages over the other. ...Read more

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Hi I want to know if the whole CT scan of abdomen with color dye or whole ultrasound of abdomen show Colon (if there are issues in colon)?

Generally,: ultrasound is not very useful for evaluating the colon. Whether CT is appropriate or not depends on your clinical picture. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Issue today with yellowish, smelly anal discharge...Not taking any new medications...No bleeding...Mild discomfort for few min w/spastic colon. Never had this issue before. Should i see physician?

Issue today with yellowish, smelly anal discharge...Not taking any new medications...No bleeding...Mild discomfort for few min w/spastic colon. Never had this issue before.  Should i see physician?

Yes: If this was a new event and does not recur, it was probable just something you ate and can be ignored for now. If it continues, especially if there is any.Change in your bowel movements, you should see a health care provider. You might be referred for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Does peppermint oil supplement need to be "enteric coated" for it to benefit the colon? I have bowel issues such as diarrhea and spasm.

Does peppermint oil supplement need to be "enteric coated" for it to benefit the colon? I have bowel issues such as diarrhea and spasm.

Supplements: Be very careful with supplements as they are not regulated with regard to their contents and can often make people sicker rather than better. Consult with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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