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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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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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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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How routine is a biopsy during egd?

How routine is a biopsy during egd?

Very routine: There is only so much information you can get about the stomach by looking at the lining, so getting a tissue sample through a biopsy is very useful in diagnosing a wide variety of diseases. It is very common. ...Read more

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Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Some of the: Older preps could have irritated an already inflamed colon, but if your colitis is in remission, currently used preps should not cause a flair. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Yes , incomplete: colonoscope is inadequate for complete diagnosis , first you should have repeat with good preparation , second as you already have have tubular adenoma , you need closer surveillance than those who did not have it.. . ...Read more

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How routine is a biopsy with egd?

How routine is a biopsy with egd?

Quite routine: Lot of time when an egd is done, there is high index of suspicion so there are more often stomach, esophageal, duodenal bx to confirn our suspicion. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more

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Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

No: Routine urinary and blood tests do not check for bladder cancer. If the urine test is abnormal if there are urinary symptoms to suggest bladder cancer, then specific testing must be performed to determine if bladder cancer is present. ...Read more

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Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. confused?

Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. confused?

UC is long-term: Ulcerative colitis is a lifelong inflammatory disease of the lining of the large intestine and rectum, that may have systemic consequences, is often relapsing, and can lead to colon cancer. Flares may occur acutely, even after an unremarkable colon evaluation. Don't delay in ruling out superimposed infection, & seeking help from your gastroenterologist. Call him/her now-- ...Read more

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Is a stool sample necessary before getting a colonoscopy?

No: you mean for blood? it is an alternative method for colon cancer screening, but not, it is not needed if you're getting the colonoscopy anyway. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Mostly yes: In preparing for colonoscopy ist is necessary that the bowel be relatively clean so that small lesions can be recognized and biopsied if necessary. As such bowel prep is employed. In essence colonoscopy not performed without a prep. Colon cleansing is also a term employed to cleanse the bowel which has impacted with feces and a high colonic enema is used for cleansing. ...Read more

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Colonscopy 2013 bright red rectal bleeding, diagnosis hemorrhoid . Appearing again & GI schedule colonscopy w/ anesthesia. suggesting incomplete last time?

Colonscopy 2013 bright red rectal bleeding, diagnosis hemorrhoid . Appearing again & GI schedule colonscopy w/ anesthesia. suggesting incomplete last time?

Not necessarily: There are many reason why this would be scheduled with general anesthesia. Talk to your GI Doctor, it may be different arrangements or requirements at the facility or the need for a longer exam. ...Read more

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Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

No: Bladder cancer is not detected during a routine urine test (urinalysis) as part of a physical examination. If bladder cancer is suspected, a special urine test is required called a urine cytology. This test is much more specific for detecting bladder cancer although it has its limitations as well. ...Read more

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Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Yes: At the time of the pap, if there is suspicion of a problem additional evaluation is generally done that would reveal the presence of pid or other issues. The pap smear itself may actually reveal some types of pelvic infections. ...Read more

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Can a gastroenterologist do colonoscopies and biopsies?

Yes: Gastroenterologists are the physicians who perform upper endoscopies (enter through mouth) and colonoscopies (enter from below). They routinely perform biopsies with the same instrument that allows them to visually inspect these areas (via a small camera). ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more