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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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I'm 20 years old and I have been told I have chronic constipation, impacted colon and a enlarge colon, what to do?

I'm 20 years old and I have been told I have chronic constipation, impacted colon and a enlarge colon, what to do?

Get a plan: You will want a supervised plan of dis-impaction, scheduled evacuations during the day (assisted as needed) and a stool wetting agent (not fiber) to keep your stools soft. Plan for a year or so of work to retrain your system and you should see eventual improvement. Short term interventions will usually fail.Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old and I have been told I have chronic constipation, impacted colon and enlarged colon. What are my next steps?

I'm 20 years old and I have been told I have chronic constipation, impacted colon and enlarged colon. What are my next steps?

Motility Disorder: Need to have a Gastroeterologist that you trust and work through these issues with. Look for one that specializes in Motility Disorders ...Read more

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Grandmother had surgery to remove part of her enlarged colon(cancer)& now about6months later doc says cancer returned&wants to put her in Chemo-advice?

Grandmother had surgery to remove part of her enlarged colon(cancer)& now about6months later doc says cancer returned&wants to put her in Chemo-advice?

It depends on her wi: Chemotherapy is commonly used for recurrence of colon Cancer. if your Grandma(GM) is physically fit and able to take care of herself, then it is likely that she can tolerate chemotherapy. Seek input from a medical oncologist in your area and have him/her guide your GM's future care. ...Read more

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I have been told I have a enlarged left colon, h pylori, colitis. Its been 4wks i still have ab pain weakness, diarrhea, etc no 1 is treating it.Help?

I have been told I have a enlarged left colon, h pylori, colitis. Its been 4wks i still have ab pain weakness, diarrhea, etc no 1 is treating it.Help?

F/U with the GI doc: Abd pain, diarrhea and weakness are very nonspecific symptoms.Hpylori infection can itself cause all these.Colitis can result in distended colon which sometimes need emergent intervention depending on its size. There are also several types of colitis' s and treatment is per etiology.You didnt mention if you are on any meds. You need a GI evaluation and possibly look for another etiology iif no imp. ...Read more

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Is bulge in middle of lower agdomen from enlarged bladder or colon?

Is bulge in middle of lower agdomen from enlarged bladder or colon?

Can be/other things.: Depending on your age, etc. Other things, like weak ligaments that hold up the bladder and other organs can cause fuller/lower feeling bladder. A distended colon can do it, but depending on the cause other symptoms would be present, like bowel disturbsnces, etc.. In women, things like ovarian cysts, etc. That enlarge the ovary can increase the abdominal size/girth. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Had rectal bleeding in dec. Colonscopy clear. Ab Ct showed minor enlarged nodes near colon. Got 2nd opinion & said fat deposit, not node. Rescan?

Had rectal bleeding in dec. Colonscopy clear. Ab Ct  showed minor enlarged nodes near colon. Got 2nd opinion & said fat deposit, not node. Rescan?

Not now: If one episode of rectal bleeding not repeated and if colonoscopy neg. there is little chance that the bleeding was associated with colon cancer. Bleeding can be from angiomatous lesions that might bleed again or diverticular disease. Neither process or other benign processes will involve regional lymph nodes. If these are nodes as seen along iliac vessels they can not represent lipomas. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding for 1 month, colonscopy showed colitis & biopsy neg. Ct w enlarged nodes near colon. Gastros said infection. 2Nd opinion? Feel good

Rectal bleeding for 1 month, colonscopy showed colitis & biopsy neg.  Ct w enlarged nodes near colon. Gastros said infection. 2Nd opinion? Feel good

Follow MD: Follow your gastroenterologist recommendations, as he saw the tissue. You should definitely follow up with this physician. Is he treating you for the ?infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bleeding red stools daily 1 month, gone now.. Colonscopy cleared, CT scan showed few enlarged nodes around colon. Gi said infection. Ask 4 biopsy?

Bleeding red stools daily 1 month, gone now.. Colonscopy cleared, CT scan showed few enlarged nodes around colon. Gi said infection. Ask 4 biopsy?

No: Red blood in stool more frequent from anal problems rather than colon, as such a neg. colonoscopy and as a result no area requiring bx. If digital exam does not define an anal lesion or internal hemmorhoids then whatever the problem has resolved and again no bx required. Check for a repeat bleed and this followed by anoscopy. ...Read more

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What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

Question for your Dr: Whoever ordered the CT scan (primary doctor / oncologist) should interpret the scan report for you - it's important to follow-up after test. Asymmetric thickening means that one wall / side of the colon in these parts (the 1st part) is thicker than the other wall. The lymph nodes on either side of this thickened colon are enlarged. These are non-specific. A recurrence is poss, but a biopsy needed. ...Read more

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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more