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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

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

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?

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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Do colon clense help?

Do colon clense help?

Crazy: Dr nguyen and heller are quite correct. The state of texas prosecuted practitioners of colonic cleansing because the procedure was ineffective and dangerous. This is outlawed in texas now. Patients were killed by perforation of the colon by inexperienced practitioners. This is a practice without scientific basis, in a word - quackery. ...Read more

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Signs of a colon problem?

Signs of a colon problem?

Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I clean my colon?

Not necessary: The desire to clean the colon relates to ancient medical theories about internal toxicity derived from the colon. The colon, thank you, is fully capable of taking care of itself and needs no cleansing. You can pay a great deal of money to alternate practitioners for colon cleansing but this is money badly spent. If you think you have medical problems, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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