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Dr. John Lappas
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Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


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What can a Flexible sigmoidoscopy Test for?

Common GI symptoms: Flexible sigmoidoscopy is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or changes in bowel habits. It is also performed to screen people older than age 50 for colon and rectal cancer. ...Read more

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My flexible sigmoidoscopy came back normal. Went up to 22cm. But still worried about cancer. Would the test show up something not right?Even up to 22c

My flexible sigmoidoscopy came back normal. Went up to 22cm. But still worried about cancer. Would the test show up something not right?Even up to 22c

Then need colonoscop: If you are worried , the entire colon has to be visualized and you need colonoscopy. And you have to speak to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

A colon exam: This is a limited exam of the distal colon and rectum, typically done without sedation in an office setting. This has been used as part of colon cancer screening regimens, but has been largely replaced by colonoscopy which allows a complete colon exam. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?

Camera: You get a camera inserted through your rectum to examine the rectum and the sigmoid colon. You may or may not be offered anesthesia for this procedure. You need to at least have an enema before the procedure to cleanse the colon, and sometimes a laxatives preparation the day before. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not much: You will be under the influence of either an amnestic (blocks memory) and/or light sedative. You won't remember a thing and likely get a terrific nap in the process. Now, preparing for the experience by evacuating your bowels the day before can be challenging. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Several: Rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, full colonoscopy, air contrast barium enema xray, ct colonography. Depending on the reason you need an exam will determine which is the most appropriate technique to use. ...Read more

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What if the flexible sigmoidoscopy shows something abnormal?

Depends on findings: Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at lower 1/3 of colon. Better look is with colonoscopy, which looks at entirety of colon. In general, if abnormality seen on flex sig, colonoscopy is recommended. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Depends: If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation. Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon & rectum. It can detect inflamed tissues, abnormal growths & ulcers. It can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the ...Read more