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Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Definition)

Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can ...Read more


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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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How do polyps and sigmoid colonic diverticuli differ?

How do polyps and sigmoid colonic diverticuli differ?

Differet: these are different problems: polyps are little (although sometimes large) growths in the colon. Diverticulas are pockets that protrude outside the colon. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Both: Both do however if a mass is there the colon and rectal surgeon can take care of it. In addition a colorectal surgeon would be more agressive at removing a polyp whereas a GI may be more apt to recommend surgery. This is based on personal experience. Fyi colonoscopy was pioneered by a general and cardiothoracic surgeon at beth israel in ny. Dr wolff and dr shinya invented polypectomy. ...Read more

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Had ulcerative colitis for 15 yrs (confirmed by sigmoid and biopsies). Just had 1st colonoscopy, shows granular, loss of vascular pattern and minor ulcers in ascending colon, cecum, sigmoid and colon. Is this UC or chrons?

Had ulcerative colitis for 15 yrs (confirmed by sigmoid and biopsies). Just had 1st colonoscopy, shows granular, loss of vascular pattern and minor ulcers in ascending colon, cecum, sigmoid and colon. Is this UC or chrons?

Ulcerative colitis: All of the biopsies from colonoscopy showed inflammatory changes consistent with ulcerative colitis. The later is part of the spectrum of IBD but involves only the mucosal layer of the bowel. Chrons disease is a form of IBD that involves all layers of the bowel and can be recognized on scans of the bowel or deeper layers of bowel on bx. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy shows 10cm ulcerative tumor in sigmoid colon but disease also in liver section 4&5, pelvic area, peritoneal and splenic bed what options?

Colonoscopy shows 10cm ulcerative tumor in sigmoid colon but disease also in liver section 4&5, pelvic area, peritoneal and splenic bed what options?

Go see an Oncologist: It looks like you have advanced case of colon cancer. There is fairly good treatment for this type of cancer. But you need to find a medical oncologist and consult him/her for further treatment right away. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read more

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Gastrointestinal pain and bleeding, prior colon cancer. Who do I see?

Gastrointestinal pain and bleeding, prior colon cancer. Who do I see?

See Doctor Soon: I recommend that you return to see your cancer surgeon, medical oncologist, or gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Any of these doctors can order the appropriate tests to get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

Earlier colonoscopy: If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members. ...Read more

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Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?

See a GI doc!: You are describing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which causes an increased risk of colon cancer. Other things could be going on, but any time you have bloody stool you must see a doctor! you will likely need a colonoscopy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Need help with diet for diverticulitis and gallstones?

Will differ: Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful. For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more

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Compare and contrast IBS and diverticulitis?

Compare and contrast IBS and diverticulitis?

Irritate /inflammed: Diverticulitis is inflammation of a diverticulum which is an out-pouching of the intestine that could lead to an infection, whereas ibs is irritable bowel syndrome not necessarily inflammation. ...Read more

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Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Colitis & cancer: Inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer substantially in that regular colonoscopic screening is recommended. Bloating probably has no relation to colon cancer. ...Read more

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How often does a gastroenterologist of many years see interstitial nephritis 2ry. to 5-ASA in Ulcerative Colitis patients?

How often does a  gastroenterologist of many years see interstitial nephritis 2ry. to 5-ASA in Ulcerative Colitis patients?

Rarely...: Try this website: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=interstitial+nephritis+with+mesalamine&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ei=U4uOU53YB_LHsASlroHgAg&ved=0CCYQgQMwAA. A search of PubMed found very few contemporary citations on the subject. ...Read more

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What percentage of ppl with UC get colon cancer? are colon cancer statistics the same for ppl who have mild colitis?

What percentage  of ppl with UC get colon cancer? are colon cancer statistics the same for ppl who have mild colitis?

Duration dependent: Colorectal cancer risk 5 to 10 percent after 20 years and 12 to 20 percent after 30 years of disease. Also depends on extent of disease. This with disease proximal to hepatic flexure have a greater risk than those with left colon involvement only. (UpToDate) Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I'm asian, am I susceptible to diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

I'm asian, am I susceptible to diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

What's your diet?: Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are far more common in western countries; this is believed to be due to the high red meat, low fiber diet we are famous for. If you live in the us and have adopted a western diet, the risk of diverticular disease is present regardless of your country of origin. ...Read more

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Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)

High fiber.: Sorry to break it to you, but of you have diverticuli already, then you have diverticulosis. A high fiber diet will lessen the number of diverticuli in your future and will hopefully reduce the episodes of bleeding and infection. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Are colonoscopy, endoscopy, and anoscopy all good ways to tell if I had colon or rectal cancer?

Full colon: a colonoscopy would be the best way to look at the entire colon for evidence of colon or rectal cancer. Anoscopy just looks at the end and endoscopy is usually the stomach and upper intestines. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticular Diseases (Definition)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more