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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

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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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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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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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

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more