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How to deal with trapped air in the intestine after a colonoscopy?

How to deal with trapped air in the intestine after a colonoscopy?

It should be gone no: If you still have any problems , then let us know the present situation. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Are there medications injected into the intestine during a colonoscopy?

Are there medications injected into the intestine during a colonoscopy?

Usually not: If there is any bleeding during resection of polyp, Epinephrine may be injected to control bleeding. Sometimes india ink or saline injection are used to mark the area or to lift polyps. ...Read more

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Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should i have another colonoscopy?

Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should i have another colonoscopy?

More frequently: than normal people who do not have polyps . You already know polyps are precancerous ,You need to be watched closely . Your doctor will advise you when will be the next one , based on histology , Speak to your doctor if you need in 6 months or a year later . ...Read more

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Does a colonoscopy check the small intestine as well?

Does a colonoscopy check the small intestine as well?

Not usually: The colonoscope can reach the last part of the small bowel but only for a few inches. ...Read more

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When you have a colonoscopy does it include the small intestine?

When you have a colonoscopy does it include the small intestine?

No: The colon is the last 5 feet of the 20 foot long digestive tract. The colonoscope can be advanced to "peek" into the last few inches of the small intestine sometimes, but not routine. ...Read more

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What test looks at the small intestine? Colonoscopy can't see that far, right?

What test looks at the small intestine? Colonoscopy can't see that far, right?

Capsule endoscopy: Currently I use a small bowel follow through, ct enterpgraphy and video capsule endoscopy. If there is any positive finding, then a double balloon endoscopy or spirus endoscopy can be used to reach the lesion. ...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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I had MRI of small intestines that had shown no abnormalities. Is there any point to have a colonoscopy next? Would that show anything different? Ty

I had MRI of small intestines that had shown no abnormalities.  Is there any point to have a colonoscopy next? Would that show anything different? Ty

Possibly: I see that you have abdominal bloating. There can be many causes for that. An abdominal MRI gets a good look at the ovaries and other abdominal organs, but it is not good at seeing the insides of your intestines. If you have not had a colonoscopy, this may be a test your doctor orders. It looks at the inside of your large intestine and gives different information than the MRI. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How far into the small intestine can a colonoscopy and endoscopy see?

How far into the small intestine can a colonoscopy and endoscopy see?

May reach...: ...both the 3rd portion of the duodenum from the top procedure, and terminal ileum from the bottom testing. That still however leaves most of the small bowel non-visualized by the routine studies you mentioned. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy but the doctor said there was a bit of a twist in my intestine. What's that mean?

Redundant colon: Usually when an endoscopist says that someone's colon has a lot of "twists and turns", it means that the colonoscope had to maneuver around some sharp turns in order to get where he/she needed to go. It doesn't imply that your colon was abnormal - just that it was slightly difficult to perform your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Will a barium test show all of the stool in the small and large intestines? Is it typical to have one performed weeks before the first colonoscopy?

Will a barium test show all of the stool in the small and large intestines? Is it typical to have one performed weeks before the first colonoscopy?

No and no: Barium is a contrast agent which helps the visualization of the bowel during X-ray studies. When given as an enema, it helps for large bowel(colon) examination.Orally, it can help for small bowel evaluation. Neither route is useful for imaging BOTH large and small bowel.If the patient has taken proper bowel preparation measures, there is in fact no stool in the bowel to degrade the visualization. ...Read more

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I have trouble doing to the bathroom I've had a colonoscopy and it showed my intestines does 2 loops my doctor wants me to take 2 -4 tablespoons of mil?

Slow versus normal: Now that structural pathology has been ruled out in your colon, has your work-up also included an assessment of GI transit (slow versus normal "constipation"), of metabolic diseases (low thyroid, low adrenal), and of possible abdominal pathology external to the gut? Without these answers its hard to say what agents or additives will benefit (or harm) you. ...Read more

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What causes hemorrhoids in the last part of the small intestine? I got a colonoscopy already

What causes hemorrhoids in the last part of the small intestine? I got a colonoscopy already

Hemorrhoids do not: Exist in the small bowel. They are only present at the anus, both internal and external. If something was found in the terminal ileum as you describe they are not hemorrhoids. Ask your doctor for clarification of the findings. ...Read more

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I had an edoscopy done and it showed normal results and so did my colonoscopy, should I concern myself with small intestine cancer?

Probably not: Small intestine cancer is rare. Unless you have unusual persistent GI symptoms or strong family history of cancer, there is no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other.  His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

Hard to know: The colon is part of your intestine so i'm not sure what your son was really told. I suspect that he was told he has a malrotation (though this is difficult to tell from colonoscopy). This is a dangerous condition and needs to be surgically corrected asap- to be able to say more i'd need to know the medical terms that were used. ...Read more

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