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Timeline for symptoms of complications after colonoscopy?

Timeline for symptoms of complications after colonoscopy?

Within 24 hours: The risk of any complications is extremely low. So you should not worry about it. If there is any complication in your case you will have symptoms quite quickly. The 2 potential (yet very rare) complications are bleeding or perforation of the bowel. Both will produce symptoms within a matter of hours. So if you are past 24 hours (and feel OK)from the procedure, you can rest in peace! ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?

Veery rarely: Bleeding and injury to the bowel. In experienced hands the combined risk is less than 1 %. You may have gas and bloating afterward but these should resolve quickly and you can resume normal activity and diet the next day. The risk of having an undiagnosed colon disease or cancer is greater than the risk of the procedure. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy irritate Crohn's disease and cause symptoms to worsen?

Can a colonoscopy irritate Crohn's disease and cause symptoms to worsen?

No: Occasionally multiple biopsies and the prep may result in a day or two of minor bleeding, and possibly loose stools, but that should resolve rapidly. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if colonoscopy is negative but periodic bleeding persists with no other symptoms?

Should I be concerned if colonoscopy is negative but periodic bleeding persists with no other symptoms?

Yes you should: Bleeding is not normal. So you need your doctor to find the source of bleeding. Besides colon, it can be another part of the intestines or hemorrhoids. So you need you doctor to further investigate till he/she finds the cause of your continuing bleeding. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?

I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?

Ibs: If your colonoscopy revealed no pathology, ongoing intestinal symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, flatulence can occur with irritable bowel syndrome, lactose or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Chronic intestinal infections are usually diagnosed by stool cultures. Your gastroenterologist, who knows you well, is best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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Endoscopy and colonoscopy came out clean but husband still has symptoms of Crohn's what now?

Gastroenterologist n: Your husband should seek help from a gastroenterologist who might be able to prescribe medicines for treating Crohns disease. Since this disease effects the small bowel (predominantly) it typically does not show up in either upper or lower endoscopies (as you rightly indicated) ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a colonoscopy micro-perforation? How is it diagnosed, and does it require intervention?

Microperforation: Though uncommon, this is not a rare problem associated with a very common and important procedure. Pain within a few hours, sometimes with fever, is an indication. Free abdominal air on a plain film is adequate to make the diagnosis. Usually, bowel rest and antibiotics will suffice, but occasionally surgical intervention will be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a pillcam colonoscopy on Monday, I feel ok but I know I have not passed the pill in my bms. Can it get stuck without having symptoms?

Your treating: Gastroenterologist will most likely want to locate this device if it doesn't pass before your follow-up visit! A Plain film of your abdomen will locate it! Stop worrying about it!
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How soon after a colonoscopy would you have symptoms if your colon was perforated?

Need to get checked: Usually a perforation is evident very early in recovery after the procedure, but occasionally if a polyp has been removed perforation can happen within a few days afterwards. Bottom line is that if you are concerned or are having symptoms, you should definitely call your gastroenterologist's office, because the risks could be serious. ...Read more

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Had a clear colonoscopy 3 yrs ago now have IBS symptoms do I need another colonoscopy?

Had a clear colonoscopy 3 yrs ago now have IBS symptoms do I need another colonoscopy?

Probably not: Alarm symptoms? Fever, bleeding, weight loss, anemia? History of polyp? Colitis? Family history of colon cancer? Change in bowels without good reason? See your doc in any event. ...Read more

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50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do I need a colonoscopy screening even if I don't have symptoms?

Yes: Regardless of your smoking history, you should have got your first screening colo as soon as you turned 50. Observational trials suggest that smoking increases the risk of polyps and colon cancer to some degree, (not to mention multiple other cancers and cardiopulmonary issues) so if you want my advise, get rid of those cigarettes for good. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Seek alternative: Diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can occur in the context of other GI or systemic disorders. Highly unlikely to be Crohn's disease if scope negative. Finding the true diagnosis will lead to an effective management plan. ...Read more

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What happens if I keep taking my oral rx for UC even if I still have inflammation. No symptoms, feel great, but a colonoscopy shows inflammation?

What happens if I keep taking my oral rx for UC even if I still have inflammation. No symptoms, feel great, but a colonoscopy shows inflammation?

Continue: I am happy your symptoms are better, but obviously the condition is not yet under excellent control. Yes continue the meds. ...Read more

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I'm 75 years old - never had a colonoscopy - no family history - no symptoms. - do I really have to have one?

It may depend: On how long you think you are going to live. If you have been healthy, made good life choices and relatives lived into their 80s I would definitely pursue it. ...Read more

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I am terrified of having a colonoscopy, but I have many uncomfortable abdominal symptoms and am 60. Any choice?

Sure: No one can force you to get a colonoscopy. But if it's cancer, wouldn't it be better to catch it early when the treatment is relatively easier than if you wait for it to spread? ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy 17 months ago could the symptoms previously mentioned still be colon cancer?

I had a colonoscopy 17 months ago could the symptoms previously mentioned still be colon cancer?

Unlikely Dx: Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope, you have an attack of diverticulits. See your doctor for examination, reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics, if perforates will be a surgical emergency ...Read more