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Dangers Of Virtual Colonoscopy
What percentage of colonoscopy screenings end up damaging or perforating the colon? 1/1000? 1/2000?
Very low: For screening colonoscopies the rate of serious complications is generally less than 0.1%. The rate is higher if polyps are removed and the rate also goes up with age of the patient. The rate is lower for doctors who do a lot of them, ie, gastroenterologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minimal: You didn't say if you are female or male or what part if your body was scanned. Radiation to the thyroid area, breasts, eyes, or ovaries if repeated multiple times over many years carry a small but statiscally increased risk of radiation induced tissue damage. 3 scans by themselves should not cause you to worry, but be aware that you want to limit your exposure to radiation. ...Read more
Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?
Slim: in spite of the low chance of missing a cancer, a complete colonoscopy would examine the rest of the colon not visualized on sigmoidoscopy. CT is only fair to see colon cancers unless large because stool may get in the way. If you are still concerned then talking to your doctor may resolve these issues. ...Read more
Compared to what? Ca: Cancer? Any procedure or test comes with risk, so if it isn't needed, then best not to do it. However, whoever ordered the Barium enema did so for a reason & the risk-vs-benefit calculation was done based on symptoms, history, & a preliminary diagnosis. All-in-all, barium is safer than colonoscopy using Mag citrate or other laxatives that cause electrolyte problems & require sedation. Enema is OK. ...Read more
1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?
Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer. Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS” Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation. Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
35yo. F. W/ hyporthyroidism. colonoscopy/endoscopy 11/20/14. Diminutive 3mm polyp of sigmoid colon. Random biopsies of ileum and colon done. Cancer?
Do you recommend daily baby aspirin for colon and/or preventive for skin cancer issues if I'm 66, no heart issues, recent benign colon polyp? Thanks!
Are there any hospitals that offer an MRI colonoscopy? I can't have the regular colonoscopy or the CT colonoscopy.
Finding conflicting info on Healthtap regarding length of Valium staying in system for ua. Doctor answered me, but no other answers I've seen?
Yes it is confusing: Yes it is confusing, because for valium itself, the half life is 36 hours by average, but it turns to an active metabolite which has 80 hr (by average) half life instead. Having that said, if we count on valium's active metabolite, it will take 240 hours (3-4 half lifes) to have valium and metabolites cleared out from your body hope this answer is final and you would not seek more help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If there's history of colon/rectal cancer (lowercolon andrectumremoved) and 7 large polyps were found from an colonoscopy how often should a person go?
Depends: Discuss with GI re: how thorough scope eval was. Ask if biopsied areas marked. Type of polyp (tubular, villous, sessile etc important predictors. May consider 6 month f/u scope, possibly 12 mo. Then annual until all negative then space every 2-3 yrs cautiously. Family history, genetic testing, upper scope should be considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I do forensics research, & i'm revising a list of precursors for illicit drugs. Having a hard time finding a good ref. Site/ book. Suggestions? Thanks
Keep digging...: Haven't seen a cookbook (the government surely frowns upon cookbooks) for illegal drugs. Keep checking one website after another, and your data will grow. The site http://www.Incb.Org/incb/en/precursors/index.Html leads to a page of precursors, but doesn't say exactly which drugs each precursor is used to make. Also, ask president obama (http://www.Whitehouse.Gov/ondcp/precursor-chemicals). ...Read more
Multiple CTs in the past 10 years. Probably 7+ head & 6 of lungs, 3 abdomen. What are my general cancer risks from CT? Brain tumor risk? Thank you
If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago,no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?
What are the dangers and benefits of colon hydrotherapy? Can the adverse effects of colon hydrotherapy be reversed?
Would regular dental check ups detect oral cancer? What are the odds of 29yo w/no history of Tabacco use developing oral cancer?
In my colonoscopy report it states found 2polyps in transverse colon & tortuosity of the colon.should I worry?
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