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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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Can I have Werther's Original Caramel Hard Candies the day before my colonoscopy? I am on a clear liquid diet.

Can I have Werther's Original Caramel Hard Candies the day before my colonoscopy? I am on a clear liquid diet.

Yes: The hard candies will dissolve into soft or liquid form before they reach your bowel. While they are not quite clear, they are close enough. And the volume they would produce would be very small. I probably would not do more than 5 or 6 of them, though; maybe 10 at the most. None on day of procedure. Clearer/lighter hard candy would be better. Keep up the water!! Good luck! ...Read more

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It is 20 hours before my colonoscopy and I still have two rounds of laxative prep to do. Will it hurt me to have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar?

It is 20 hours before my colonoscopy and I still have two rounds of laxative prep to do. Will it hurt me to have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar?

Follow your MD's: Instructions, may not hurt bit if bowel is not prepped well procedure will be cancelled and you have to repeat. Best thing speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have the urge to push really hard when having diarrhea? That seems to be my problem, colonoscopy done last yr was good! Doineedanother

Is it normal to have the urge to push really hard when having diarrhea? That seems to be my problem, colonoscopy done last yr was good! Doineedanother

No: If you have urgency and diarrhea, you might have an infection. It is not normal to have diarrhea or an urgency to push. You don't need another colonoscopy you need a stool test to make sure you don't have an infection.
They should look for bacteria and parasites. ...Read more

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Three spleens, Pain in left side, Bowels hard then loose, Getting a colonoscopy in 3 months, taking a lot of pain medication - what could be wrong?

Three spleens, Pain in left side, Bowels hard then loose, Getting a colonoscopy in 3 months, taking a lot of pain medication - what could be wrong?

Inflammation?: You may be having inflammatory bowel disease. 3 months is probably too long to wait. Consult with your primary care dr or gastroenterologist sooner for an interim management until you fet your colonoscopy and definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

Anatomy: Sometimes if's super easy to get through the ileocecal valve and sometimes harder, especially in thin women. He probably used the forceps to pull himself in - absolutely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease hard to diagnose? Colonoscopy EGD are norm beside minor inflamed cecum and ileum. Dr wants to do capsule test. So many tests!

Is Crohn's disease hard to diagnose? Colonoscopy EGD are norm beside minor inflamed cecum and ileum. Dr wants to do capsule test. So many tests!

Some times it can be: Most crohns affect the terminal ileum as well as the cecum. However as crohns can affect any part of the gi tract, a capsule endoscopy is helpful to find other lesions. My preference is to do a ct or MRI enterography, especially in an untreated crohns patient who I suspect may have tight areas (strictures). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy on wednesday & it is now saturday & I am still having stomachaches is something wrong? I have had gas but some is hard to pass...

I had a colonoscopy on wednesday & it is now saturday & I am still having stomachaches is something wrong? I have had gas but some is hard to pass...

Colonoscopy problem?: Air used to inflate your colon may persist for several hours--not typically for 5 days. Your post-procedure symptoms may be due to colonoscopy-related factors: colonic or organ mechanical trauma, post-polypectomy syndrome, abdominal wall bruising from external pressure, etc.; diverticular disease; extra-intestinal problems; ibs; lots more. First step--call asap your colonoscopist ; ask his advice. ...Read more

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No bm's for days;when bm comes, stool is hard at first, turns ribbon-like, then very soft, and then bright red blood. Many trips to toilet. Colonoscopy showed only benign polyp. What could cause this?

No bm's for days;when bm comes, stool is hard at first, turns ribbon-like, then very soft, and then bright red blood. Many trips to toilet. Colonoscopy showed only benign polyp. What could cause this?

Rectal fissure: These symptoms are those of an anal or rectal fissure. It might not have been visible on the colonoscopy if it was not bleeding at the time. Have your GI doctor check you with an anoscope. If s/he refuses, feel free to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Been having hard stools with some ab pain. Negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Today had red stool? Been drinking red kool aid. Is this the cause?

Been having hard stools with some ab pain. Negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Today had red stool? Been drinking red kool aid. Is this the cause?

Maybe: It is possible but if the colonoscopy was recent it could be more serious. And blood in the toilet is very distinctive. Could be a hemorrhoid, etc...Don't write it off to just being the red drink. ...Read more

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Scheduled a colonoscopy. Chose twilight sedation. Gastro commented on patient that kept talking and had to sedate a lot, hard to wake up. Oversadation?

Anything possible: Some people react adversely or excessively to doses of sedatives that do not affect others. Have no idea what happened in the situation you describe. Ask the doctor. ...Read more

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Small amount of bloody mucus; constipated tonight, passed hard stools. Had colonoscopy 3 wks ago & was normal. Have IBS-C. Should I be concerned?

Small amount of bloody mucus; constipated tonight, passed hard stools. Had colonoscopy 3 wks ago & was normal. Have IBS-C. Should I be concerned?

Be aware: 24y female has IBS-c, normal recent colonoscopy & currently "hard stools" with single episode of "bloody mucous"; probably from mechanical injury to rectal mucosa. Report to doctor if blood is recurrent or generous. Pharmacologics are available from doctors for IBS-c, which is a functional problem. See comments: ...Read more

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Constipation problems. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stool is soft but its hard to pass. Had negative colonoscopy a month ago. I'm 25. Why is this happening.?

Constipation problems. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stool is soft but its hard to pass. Had negative colonoscopy a month ago. I'm 25. Why is this happening.?

Ibs or outlet dysf: Your symptoms are consistent with constipation predominant irritable bowel. You also have features of pelvic floor dysfunction or outlet dysfunction. You should see your G.I. Doctor or rectal surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Calprotectin 680 with right abdomen pain. Colonoscopy clean, stool hard and sometimes liquid. Still got a bit of pain and bloating. 100% Crohns right?

Calprotectin 680 with right abdomen pain. Colonoscopy clean, stool hard and sometimes liquid. Still got a bit of pain and bloating. 100% Crohns right?

Ileitis: Your gastroenterologist is best qualified to answer this, but I wonder if Crohn involvement of the ileus explains the elevated calprotectin level and your symptoms. Apparently no involvement of the colon was visualized. I also assume that irritable bowel syndrome, lactose and gluten intolerance are ruled out. ...Read more