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I have a colonoscopy tomorrow I am required to do an enema. I can't get myself to do it?

Its necessary: The enema or liquid solution GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) is necessary for proper colon prep. Whithout this it would be difficult for the endoscopist to look into your colon. Check with the procedure center if have not been able to do so, as they may re-schedule. ...Read more

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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What is the difference between a barium enema test and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema test and a colonoscopy?

One uses xrays: barium enem is putting a fluid in your rectum and taking xrays by a radiologist. A gi doctor looks at the inside of your colon using a long scope to diagnose issues and can biopsy a lesion at the same time ...Read more

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What kind of prep is needed for a barium enema as opposed to a colonoscopy?

Ask the provider: Each provider may have their own prep. Here is a link that may answer more of your questions.

http://www. Radiologyinfo. Org/en/info. Cfm? Pg=lowergi ...Read more

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What is the difference between an air contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between an air contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated.
Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is difference between colonoscopy and barium enema in terms of information?

Significant: Colonoscopy is a direct look at the lining of the colon vs an indirect x-ray shadow of a barium enema (be). If something is seen on a colonoscopy, it can be treated or biopsied. The be can miss things in the rectum and should include a flex sig to evaluate that area. You are sedated for a colonoscopy. No sedation for a be. Both are acceptable measures for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a double contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a double contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated.
Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a double-contrast barium enema?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a double-contrast barium enema?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated.
Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated.
Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

CT colonoscopy: Is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

CT colonoscopy: Is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more

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To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

Colonoscopy: I'm sorry, but this question is too complex to be answered on this forum. There are many enema products available. Please ask your boyfriend's physician or nursing staff for specific directions. ...Read more

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Severe stomach pains after enema and a colonoscopy, what to do?

Severe stomach pains after enema and a colonoscopy, what to do?

Get checked: Severe pain should be evaluated immediately; this is not a normal symptom once you're home. ...Read more

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Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

If it clears you out: The main purpose of colon prep for colonsocopy is to clean out the stool so that the camera can see the linings of your colon. The 'standard prep" works well because it has been done a gazillion times. I am not sure how good the hydrotherapy will do, but as long as it clean you out (without causing problem for you), I don't see why not! If it does not, u may have to do the standard" good luck. ...Read more

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Rectum burns after I gave myself an enema- I still feel full. Just had colonoscopy it was clean, am I really constipated?

Rectum burns after I gave myself an enema- I still feel full. Just had colonoscopy it was clean, am I really constipated?

See your GI: If colonoscopy was "clean" means both your colon was cleaned out of stool and clear to visualize well surface and it was clear of any abnormalities then you have rectal burning after giving yourself an enema then wonder if you injured yourself inappropriately administering the enema to yourself. Rectal burning can also occur from drinking dr pepper. Check back with GI who did your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have to have a colonoscopy and my doctor said to do a salt enema, what is it exactly and do I buy it from the pharmacist?

I have to have a colonoscopy and my doctor said to do a salt enema, what is it exactly and do I buy it from the pharmacist?

Ask your doctor: Any gastroenterologist who is going to do colonoscopy will provide your instructions for colon clean up which includes laxatives and enemas. So ask him/her or his office staff. They will either give you a bag of medicines or write you a prescription indicating the names of the laxatives/enema salt, included. ...Read more

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Had foam enema for distal UC for 15yrs. Now colonoscopy shows ascending colon affected: might I need different treatment to reach this area?

Had foam enema for distal UC for 15yrs. Now colonoscopy shows ascending colon affected: might I need different treatment to reach this area?

Yes: A gastroenterologist is best qualified to answer your question and treat you, but it's quite likely that enema treatments will not be adequate to treat ascending colon involvement. ...Read more

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Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now. If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now. If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Options include:: ...A retry at colonoscopy under deeper sedation with altered technique and/or by a different physician. Surgery is another choice, appropriate to size, location, extent of polyps.. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a CT colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema and a CT colonoscopy?

A barium enema has: Slightly more radiation exposure, requires you to flip and turn on the table until the radiologist is satisfied with the images, and in the end reveals slightly less information than the CT. The CT requires slightly less radiation exposure, allows you to lie flat on your back, and gives the radiologist more internal information. But a traditional colonoscopy is the first choice. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a CT colonoscopy and a barium enema?

CT colonoscopy: Is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a colonoscopy, and I need to do 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate), (sodium bisphosphate) however I have a colostomy and I am unsure as to how to administer the fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate)?

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy, and I need to do 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate), (sodium bisphosphate) however I have a colostomy and I am unsure as to how to administer the fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate)?

Colostomy nurse: This important question can be best answered by your colostomy nurse or gastroenterologist. I assume that it will require one fleets enema through the colostomy and another through the rectum if both areas are to be visualized during the procedure, but it's best to consult the abovementioned specialists about this matter. ...Read more

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Can bowel cancer be diagnosed through a barium enema and a colonoscopy? Help please?

Yes: Either or colonoscopy is the best tool accuracy more than 95%
barium enema use to be the tool but the accuracy and false positive and negative are not enough to depend on
colonoscopy can discover polyps too small to be seen by barium enema and can have it removed at the same time. ...Read more

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I need enema to have BM. Lax upset my stomach. Bloating and gurgling in stomach. Loss of app & feel full after eating. Colonoscopy normal.?

I need enema to have BM. Lax upset my stomach. Bloating and gurgling in stomach. Loss of app & feel full after eating. Colonoscopy normal.?

Metamucil: Try taking 3 capsules of metamucil with a full glass of water twice daily. If that does not work contact your GI doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Constipated; enema barely worked saw GI; given lactulose; only went 3x in 1mth. Colonoscopy;Dr said I have lazy colon &to take miralax QDother ideas?

Constipated; enema barely worked saw GI; given lactulose; only went 3x in 1mth. Colonoscopy;Dr said I have lazy colon &to take miralax QDother ideas?

Constipation: Eating fruits and vegetables usually help maintain a healthy bowel function and can reduce constipation. A trial of one of the laxative types could be reasonable: methylcellulose and ispaghula husks. Different brand names may exist in different countries. ...Read more

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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

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Terrible constipation for quite some time. Can't go unless use mag citrate or enemas. Now have small black stool with mucus. Colonoscopy on wed?

Terrible constipation for quite some time. Can't go unless use mag citrate or enemas. Now have small black stool with mucus. Colonoscopy on wed?

Right idea; see GI: You could have Constipation predominant IBS or an inflammatory problem of the bowel causing possible blood and/or mucus to appear. Let a Gastroenterologist (GI) interview you and assess your risk factors. It sound like a Colonoscopy is a good idea, but that test should be done once it is clear what diagnoses you are trying to rule out (especially at your young age). Good luck. ...Read more

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My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful. Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful. Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

Colon screening: Many health insurance plans include a benefit for screening colonoscopy; check with your insurer. Colonoscopy has advantages over barium enema, mainly in your case, that you are sedated and able to sleep through the test without significant discomfort. Colonoscopy can also allow the removal of precancerous lesions and identify flat or depressed spots that may be problem. ...Read more

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Can I use enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for colonoscpy?

Can I use enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for colonoscpy?

Not really: Colyte (polyethylene glycol) or any of the other accepted preps for colonoscopy clean the entire colon from above. Enemas don not adequately clean the entire colon. A clean colon is mandatory for a thorough colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

Liquids and laxative: On the before the colonoscopy, you will be on a liquid diet all day and either drink an electrolyte solution or take a series of tablets-both of which will induce diarrhea. The prep usually takes 3 to 4 hours to run its course. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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