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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

Stop today: I it was a simple diagnostic study, and you feel fine, you can rest assured that your ok. Even it they performed a biopsy, chances are you'll be just fine. You can't do anything about it anyway, and off you had sifnificant bleeding, you would see blood in the stool. Call your doctor if this happens. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can constipation cause infection Been constipated 3 weeks did bowel prep for colonoscopy and nothing helped now I have sore throat and cant get warm?

Can constipation cause infection Been constipated 3 weeks did bowel prep for colonoscopy and nothing helped now I have sore throat and cant get warm?

See Doctor!: 3 weeks is too long and you are auto-intoxicating your body with bacteria that will get into your bloodstream from the colon & hardening your stool. You may need to be evacuated either manually, or with stool softeners.3 weeks of food not passing & symptoms suggest, your immune system is affected. If you don't have a fever, you're probably not infected, this isn't normal. Seek immediate relief. ...Read more

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Can a Colonoscopy cause a water infection?

Can a Colonoscopy cause a water infection?

No: Colonoscoy is done with sterile instruments so that no new bacterial forms are introduced into the intestine not already there. The only type of infection occurs if on biopsy, perforation of a small area of colon occurs and a localized abscess with acute pain develops. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy once and recently had diverticolitis, with infection, could I have contracted it from a dirty scope. How do I know they are clean?

I had a colonoscopy once and recently had diverticolitis, with infection, could I have contracted it from a dirty scope. How do I know they are clean?

Colonoscope: There are standard cleansing techniques employed by all reputable doctors performing these procedures. That having been said, diverticulitis will never be caused by a "dirty" colonoscope. This is an anatomic abnormality with outpouchings of the wall of the colon which are prone to perforation and infection spreading outside the gut. Nothing whatever to do with the procedure. ...Read more

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If you have H pylori and have a colonoscopy is there a risk of spreading the hpylory infection?

If you have H pylori and have a colonoscopy is there a risk of spreading the hpylory infection?

No risk, no worry: There is no anatomical or biological reason to suspect this could happen and to my knowledge has never been known to occur. I'm sure the gastroenterologist doing the colonoscopy will also reassure you about this. ...Read more

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Is advised to take cephalexin before a colonoscopy to prevent infection?

Is advised to take cephalexin before a colonoscopy to prevent infection?

Special case?: Not typical or standard rx. Discuss with md if there are special, individual needs for this antibiotic. ...Read more

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No chrons symptoms but colonoscopy shows Crohn's after possible e coli infection am I misdiagnosed with crohns? Colonoscopy after pain, apendicitis

No chrons symptoms but colonoscopy shows Crohn's after possible e coli infection am I misdiagnosed with crohns? Colonoscopy after pain, apendicitis

Lots of issues...: ...In your question: crohn's, infection, pain, appendicitis, ; question of colonoscopy results. To answer your primary concern--that of crohn's, be assured the presumptive diagnosis can be clarified if granulomas are found on your colon biopsies ; your asca blood level is elevated. To address your other issues, please call your doctor who performed your testing ; knows you best. Good health--. ...Read more

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I was potive for the antibody blood test for Crohn's and the colonoscopy showed Crohn's but I had just had a severe ecoli infection Crohn's misdisgnoses?

I was potive for the antibody blood test for Crohn's and the colonoscopy showed Crohn's but I had just had a severe ecoli infection Crohn's misdisgnoses?

See below: Was a biopsy done? If the colonoscopy findings, biopsy and the blood test all say crohns, please follow your doctor's advice to forestall complications. See this site for more info. We all have e coli in our colon.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001295/. ...Read more

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Can you still do a colonoscopy with a bladder infection?

Can you still do a colonoscopy with a bladder infection?

Yes: You can do a colonoscopy with a bladder infection. If the colonoscopy is routine and you have symptoms from your bladder infection, why not wait until you feel better? ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy 6 months ago pain in transcending and sigmoid and anal and rectum. Ct showed Diverticulosis. I also have a high ch50. Infection?

Had a colonoscopy 6 months ago pain in transcending and sigmoid and anal and rectum. Ct showed Diverticulosis. I also have a high ch50. Infection?

Can't be sure: Diverticulosis does not cause pain, but diverticulitis would (leaking of intestinal content internally). High CH50 means that the "classic and terminal" features of the complement system (innate arm of the immune system) are working beautifully. Low CH50 might be noteworthy, but usually this only occurs when the system needs to be replenished after an illness. Need much more info to address pain. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy ordered for mom after bout of food poisoning. Testing was neg for infection but trace blood. Feeling ok now. Why not observe or have vc?

Colonoscopy ordered for mom after bout of food poisoning. Testing was neg for infection but trace blood. Feeling ok now. Why not observe or have vc?

Family history: If your mom is 50 and above, she needs a colonoscopy anyways. But considering fh of colon ca and some blood in stool, its very appropriate for her to have colonoscopy. ...Read more

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After colonoscopy & medicine symptoms of infection got better but now having 1 symptom again during bowl movements-bleeding. Is this signs of cancer?

After colonoscopy & medicine symptoms of infection got better but now having 1 symptom again during bowl movements-bleeding. Is this signs of cancer?

Bleeding nonspecific: While bleeding after or during a bowel movement can sometimes be a symptom of cancer in the bowels, it is unlikely. If you recently had a colonoscopy, the physician would have noted if there was any evidence of cancer. Bleeding can be a worrisome symptom and you should connect with your physician sooner rather than later to review your symptoms and discuss options for care. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy pos in 3 areas for inflammation but not for Crohns Dr running Prometheus lab for IBD. Can it still be pos? No infection not caused by meds

Colonoscopy pos in 3 areas for inflammation but not for Crohns Dr running Prometheus lab for IBD. Can it still be pos? No infection not caused by meds

Inflammation = ↑WBCs: (the inflammatory cells protecting us from cancer, microorganisms & viruses) activity. Can WBCs also attack healthy cells? Yes, called autoimmune diseases. Study the http://www. Prometheuslabs. Com test which is about low level body biomarkers which are involved in some of the cell/tissue control mechanisms; not a cure, just some possibly helpful clues. The Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body issues are complex. ...Read more

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Light headed with headache possible nasal infection. Colonoscopy & EGD monday should it be postponed?

Light headed with headache possible nasal infection. Colonoscopy & EGD monday should it be postponed?

Really up to you: Doesn't sound like a rip roaring infection that should cause those procedures to be complicated. Your headache may subside easily in the next 24 hrs. & your "infection" may be just a nuisance virus. Your PMD or GI doc should advise you on postponement. HOWEVER, if YOU'RE feeling uncomfortable about the way you feel then, YOU SHOULD postpone the procedures until YOU feel at your best. ...Read more

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Ct shows large appendix. Blood tests negative for inflammation and infection. Can colonoscopy determine/see cause of pain in cecum/appendix area?

Ct shows large appendix. Blood tests negative for inflammation and infection. Can colonoscopy determine/see cause of pain in cecum/appendix area?

Sometimes large: Size is not the only criteria for appendicitis, Changes in mesentery and wall thickness. Another method of assessing appendix is ultrasound. If appendix localized inflammation in form of hyperemia is usually noted. Colonoscopy would not be method for assessment. Surgeons usually do not act with laparoscopy and surgery unless have some evidence clinically, blood tests, or imaging for appendiciitis ...Read more

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White blood cells in stool. Doc doing a colonoscopy. Why? What do white cells indicate? Infection? And where in the body? Bilirubin high.

White blood cells in stool. Doc doing a colonoscopy. Why? What do white cells indicate? Infection? And where in the body? Bilirubin high.

Inflammation...: The body sends white blood cells to areas of injury and inflammation is part of healing. Infection is one cause of inflammation, but the bowel can be inflamed without infection. Stool WBC's and associated inflammation can come from anywhere in the digestive system. A colon source is most likely, so colonoscopy makes sense.

Bilirubin indicates liver dysfunction/blockage or broken RBC's.

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Can add ADHD meds give you health problems such as ulcers, infections nausea vomiting etc to where a doctor recommends a MRI a endoscopy a colonoscopy?

Can add ADHD meds give you health problems such as ulcers, infections nausea vomiting etc to where a doctor recommends a MRI a endoscopy a colonoscopy?

What was the med?: Stimulant meds such as ritalin/adderall/vyvanse can cause some nausea/loss of appetite, increase heart rate, abd pain, but ulcers and infections are not likely. Nonstimulant such as strattera (atomoxetine) can cause the side effects you listed, but usually occur rather rapidly after dosing/adjustment and so you would know. Talk to/ask your doc to find what could be causing your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Feeling drained after colonoscopy, how long until I get my energy back?

Soon: The main cause of feeling poorly after the test is the sedation/anesthesia medication effects. Drink lots of fluids and eat! ...Read more

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How long after Colonoscopy with biopsy will my GI trac get back to normal?

How long after Colonoscopy with biopsy will my GI trac get back to normal?

Your gi tract: Should be back to normal when the laxatives have left the system, usually within 1 day of the study. If not, contact your gi doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

How long before your bowels get back to normal after colonoscopy? It has been 2 months...

After colonoscopy: Normally 3 to 4 days to get back to normal. If you are still not back to your normal bowel habits you need to call your doctor. Maybe there was an abnormality on your scope that you are just not aware of... ...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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Had bright rectal bleeding for 1 month, colonscopy showed bulge near cecum. CT scan showed minor nodes around colon. Infection? Bleeding gone feel wel

Glad it's gone: Most likely sources of bleeding from the rectum are hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, and something called arteriosus-venous malformations (AVM's). If the bleeding has stopped, great. If it returns, ask your gastroenterologist about these problems, and which one they think it is. Hope this helps! ...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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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