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Colonic Diseases In Children
High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose colonic diseases and follow it after treatment.?
Depends: The tests will depend upon symptoms. Discuss with your physician regarding your symptoms and you can together come up with a good cost effective plan. ...Read more
Colonic Disease: I think you have to be more specific because there are a lot of diseases of the colon. This question is to generic for a specific answer. Please narrow the question so we can help you. Thanks. ...Read more
Multiple ways: First being a thorough history and physical exam, then colonoscopy, either endoscopic or virtual, air contrast barium enema xray, stool cultures, flexible sigmoidoscopy, ct scan/mri. After your physical and history your doctor will decide the appropriate tests to order or perform. ...Read more
Colon Polyp: A polyp in the colon is not a disease. A polyp is a growth on the surface of the lining of the colon. Some can lead to cancer and some are benign. They usually do not cause symptoms unless they get big. They are removed at colonoscopy to make sure they are not pre-cancerous. You are more likely to get them if you eat fatty foods, smoke, drink alcohol, don't exercise, or obese. ...Read more
Cancer: Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon). Surgery is generally required to remove the portion of colon involved with cancer. Colonoscopy is performed to prevent colon cancer. Polyps, small growths, , which can turn into cancer, are removed during a colonoscopy so they don't turn into a cancer. ...Read more
Yes/No: Adenomas which are dysplatic polyps that increase the risk for colorectal cancer are not commonly found in children. However wit peutz-jeghers syndrome and juvenile polyposis, children may have colon polyps with cancer risks. Isolated juvenile polyps (hamartomas) of the colon are common (occurring in 1 to 2 percent of children), usually solitary, and are no risk for cancer. ...Read more
Yes: More tumors in the colon could more bleeding. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Bleeding from colon cancer can be slow & mild & not perceptible to the eye. Slow prolonged bleeding can lead to anemia. Larger colon cancers may not show more bleeding. Advanced colon cancers can lead to bowel or colon obstruction or metastatic disease spread to other organs. ...Read more
Cancer: If the colon cancer has spread away from the starting point it is always a concern. Your oncologist should always be asked what the prognosis will be if the cancer has spread. What will be my 6 month survival rate with and without chemo. If I do get chemo will there be a recurrence. It is hard to get a diagnosis of cancer but it your quality of life that matters and do what is best for you. ...Read more
Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?
Very rare: Cysts of the colon are extremely rare. Most when found are in the mesentery or supportive structure of the bowel. in even rarer instances as with polyps detected by colonoscopy, lymphatic cysts that have developed and appear in region where polyps found are removed by colonoscopy. They are rare, benign and reportable when found. ...Read more
Can you tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?
I have gastroparesis and pseudo-obstructive disorder. I had >3.5' of colon removed and still have problems. My kids seem to have inherited it; help?
Doctors can help: An adult with such problems can be cared for by his primary care doctor or his G.I. Specialist. Sometimes various medications, foods, etc..., are tried, with different meds showing some level of effectiveness at different times in a patient's life. Kids can see their pediatrician and a pedi GI doctor for help. With chronic problems, be sure to always have very good medical insurance. ...Read more
No benefit: What specific colon disease do you mean? I doubt it has any benefit for any significant GI problem. ...Read more
If someone in my family has had colon cancer, will I definitely get the disease or am I just at higher risk?
Maybe: The increased risk to you is usually in 1st degree relatives such as parents or siblings. Genetic-related colon cancers only account for about 20% of all colon cancers. ...Read more
No: They are two different diseases. And there's nothing between them to relate them. ...Read more
Would having a few scattered diverticuli of left colon be categorized as having diverticular disease?
Technically: It's not really a disease but rather a description of the state of your colon. ...Read more
What would cause a female in her 60's to repeatedly get thrush when she has not been sexually active in 10 yrs? Have fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, degenerative disc disease, acid reflux, IBS w/constipation, spastic colon - actually get spasms in various
The reason thrush occurs when there is a health crisis is due to the fact that the immune system is working hard to fight off whatever infection is going on; in addition antibiotics kill a lot of the good bacteria, which gives the yeast an optimal environment to flourish in.
Fortunately there are good treatments available.
Take care. ...Read more
Fiber: Most young people without any colon disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease, have irritable bowel disease or lactose intolerance. The treatment for ibd is increasing dietary fiber with whole wheat bran or psyllium seed products. Lactose intolerance is treated by avoiding dairy products. Try taking metamucil or an equivalent product. If there is no improvement, see your physician. ...Read more