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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for colonic polyps?

Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for colonic polyps?

Unknown: Maybe, but i would still make sure that i got colonoscopies, checked family history, discussed taking aspirin, diet, maybe even genetic testing (if appropriate) with my doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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What are the symptoms of colonic polyps?

What are the symptoms of colonic polyps?

None: Colon polyps are generally asymptomatic which is why routine screening is recommended at age 50 (or earlier with a family history). Rarely polyps can bleed or be large enough to cause obstruction. ...Read more

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I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

Could be: There are many reasons for blood in your underwear (you don't say if you are male or female - i'll address only the colorectal causes in this answer, but blood can come from the vagina, bladder, or penis, as well). Bleeding from the anus or rectum can come from anal fissures, hemorrhoids, or irritation, but may be a symptom of polyps or cancer. Get it checked! ...Read more

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A barium enema does not sound fun, but it is effective to diagnose colon polyps?

Yes: Barium enemas while not as good as colonoscopy are fairly good at detecting right sided colon polyps and colon cancers. Unfortunately, barium enema is not as good at looking at sigmoid colon polyps as colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for colonic polyps?

What are the tests for colonic polyps?

Colonoscopy is best: Colonoscopy is the best test to detect and remove colon polyps. It examines the entire colon. A sigmoidoscopy examines the last 1/3 of the colon and if polyps are found a colonoscopy is recommended. Ct colography and barium enema are radiologic tests to evaluate for colon polyps but these are less sensitive and, if polyps are found, you still need a colonoscopy for polyp removal. ...Read more

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Can an overdose of ionized radiation in one year cause colon polyps more than 20 years later?

Can an overdose of ionized radiation in one year cause colon polyps more than 20 years later?

No: Overdose of radiation can cause all kinds of problem that are very serious but polyps is not one of them. Polyps however are very common and there are even genetic predisposition to them such as familial polyposis syndrome. Colonoscopy has become a standard of care and when polyps are encountered they are removed and more frequent colonoscopy performed. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for colonic polyps?

Colonoscopy: During colonoscopy the doctor will snip and remove these polyps. Often there are just a few and easily managed and the patient brought back each 5 years to look for newly formed ones that are removed. The risk is polyps can eventually turn into colon cancers. In some people there are too many and they can not all be removed but they can be kept an eye on to catch those that may turn cancerous. ...Read more

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Are colonic polyps genetic?

Some: Most people with colon cancer do not have a strong family history, but some do. Anyone with a family history of colon cancer and/or colonic polyps should have a screening colonoscopy well before the age recommended for people with no family history (50). See your physician. Rarely families have mutations that cause hundreds of colonic polyps - these few patients may need removal of their colon. ...Read more

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I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps. Does it hurt?

I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps.  Does it hurt?

No: In the hands of a well trained gastroenterologist using the right sedation, you should feel no pain during colonoscopy. The procedure should last around 20 to 30 minutes. You may feel some bloating after colonoscopy. You need to ask your gastroenterologist what type of sedation is used. Propofol is clearly superior to versed/valium. ...Read more

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Do colon polyps hurt?

No: Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation. Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Colon Polyps (Definition)

A colon polyp is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps are benigh, but some are cancerous and some can become cancerous. They are a common finding on colonoscopy, and are frequently biopsied (removed) during colonoscopy ...Read more


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more