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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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 did an enema per dr. orders and it worked but now my colon feels inflamed and feels like its on fire! ouch! is that normal?

I did an enema per dr. orders and it worked but now my colon feels inflamed and feels like its on fire! ouch! is that normal?

NO!!!: Enema or no enema, it is never normal for any part of your body to feel "inflamed" and "like it's on fire." I don't know specifically why your doctor ordered an enema but please let her know what you have been experiencing since then. ...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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What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

Non Sequitur: Isolated phrase taken out of context is uninterpretable. They may be addressing residual Barium contrast remaining in descending colon on post evacuation film, which is of no clinical significance ...Read more

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Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing?  Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to uptodate and look it up. ...Read more

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Can you get colon cancer from an enema?

Can you get colon cancer from an enema?

NO: This should not cause colon cancer unless you are putting some very toxic substance in the enema bag. ...Read more

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Is it just as effective to do a home enema as a professional colonic hydrotherapy?

Is it just as effective to do a home enema as a professional colonic hydrotherapy?

Yes: Colonic hydrotherapy has no medical indications. An occasional enema or ostipation is generally well tolerated. The cause of the ostipation needs to be evaluated. High fiber and high fluid diet can be helpful. 30 grams of fiber a day and 120 ounces of water. ...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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Just a curious student. How long on average would it take for microbe contaminated enema to be absorbed into the blood from the colon? Minutes? More?

Just a curious student. How long on average would it take for microbe contaminated enema to be absorbed into the blood from the colon? Minutes? More?

Instantly: Usually this is moot, as there are plenty of microbes in the colon, and amebasis (a risk at the enema parlor) infects colon, not blood. By analogy with the transmission of hiv, however, infectious particles gain access to the bloodstream instantly. ...Read more

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Results from barium enema showed that my colon is extremely long and large. That could explain why I have been constipated my whole life... Right?

Chicken or the egg: The term "redundant colon" describes a large intestine (colon) that is longer than normal and as a result has repetitive, overlapping loops.Sometimes the colon starts to be redundant and long from early childhood. Sometimes the colon will become redundant and dilated with accomodate of large amount of retained feces in association with constipation. ...Read more

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Went to hosp last night said slight blockage in colon sent me home. Today extreme pain used enema. Why didn't they can I use milk mg too? Confused.

Went to hosp last night said slight blockage in colon sent me home.  Today extreme pain used enema. Why didn't they can I use milk mg too? Confused.

Ask doc who saw you: Your question asks specific details of your own case. No online doctor can give you a valuable answer. I recommend you call the hospital to get advice from the person who took care of you. ...Read more

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I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

Things don't sit: Stuff doesn't sit around in the colon. If constipated, one needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. ...Read more

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Got my results from the barium enema test that i did and they saw that my colon is extremly long and large... Explains why I have been constipated my?

Got my results from the barium enema test that i did and they saw that my colon is extremly long and large... Explains why I have been constipated my?

Constipation is: Common, a dilated, colon could be a sign of hirschsprung disease with lack of proper innervation. This is quite rare. Ask the family doctor if it is the cause, in the mean time, ask them to help you with diet and fiber. ...Read more

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Have chronic PID but at the moment treated by doctors words, went for barium enema due to pain in colon. They found nothing. What can be the cause?

Have chronic PID but at the moment treated by doctors words, went for barium enema due to pain in colon. They found nothing. What can be the cause?

Treatment for PID: PID is a condition where a pathogen (sexually transmitted) goes up the cervix and uterus and through the fallopian tubes, into the pelvix, causing a more widespread infection. This is separate from your colon and if you're in severe pain, you will need antibiotic treatment, possibly a laparoscopic surgery if imaging shows an abscess. A barium enema would not be helpful for PID. ...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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A barium enema does not sound fun, but it is effective to diagnose colon polyps?

A barium enema does not sound fun, but it is effective to diagnose colon polyps?

Yes: Barium enemas while not as good as colonoscopy are fairly good at detecting right sided colon polyps and colon cancers. Unfortunately, barium enema is not as good at looking at sigmoid colon polyps as colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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


Enema (Definition)

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