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How To Tell I Have A Colon Polyp
Colonoscopy ; biopsy: If you are concerned about possible colon cancer, see a physician. He/she will take a history and perform a physical examination. If you have a concerning history/symptoms or physical/lab findings, then the physician may refer you for a test called colonoscopy in which a scope is passed through the length of the colon and the entire colon is visualized. Biopsies can be performed if needed. ...Read more
you cant.: It has to be examined by md preferably a surgeon and by looking inside with scope it can be determined. ...Read more
Rectal exam and PSA.: Digital rectal exam and serum psa levels are what doctors usually use to determine the next steps in care. Rectal exam showing one or more hard, irregular nodules on the posterior surface on the prostate is considered positive. Serum psa over 4 ng/nl is also seen but it is nonspecific, and even values <4 can possibly be in cancer cases if rectal exam is positive. That's why biopsy is done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you have: Bleeding, or a family history, colonoscopy might be indicated. If you are just worried, a stool test can detect secret blood (guaiac), and that would be an indicator to get colonoscopy if positive. These stool tests are cheap and helpful, but endoscopy is expensive and not a casual test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi doctor i was wondering if mri can detect colon cancer i just needed a quick way to evaluate colon health?
Truth and sincerity: There is a wide array of pancreatic problems, but in general, just tell your family the truth, and let them know how you want them to support you as you adjust. ...Read more
Cannot: You cannot tell yourself. Stomach cancer is rare in the us. Would need to see a doctor for an examination and maybe see a gastroenterologist for endoscopy. Late signs of stomach cancer can be vomiting frequently, weight loss, anemia, marked upper abdominal pains going into the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Look for the signs: Many patients describe it as a burning or gnawing feeling between the bellybutton and the chest. The stomach upset caused by ulcers typically lasts anywhere from a few minutes to several hours and may be temporarily relieved by taking antacids. Foods that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and coffee, may exacerbate ulcer pain; alcohol can also make ulcers hurt more. See your doc. ...Read more
Pain evolution.: The pain from a ruptured cyst gets better spontaneously over several hours. This is different than, for example, an ovarian torsion or a ruptured appendix, where the pain would get worse. Definitely have your healthcare provider on board to monitor your signs/symptoms to avoid missing those more emergent conditions. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Could a Colon Perforation be confused with a Anal Fissure? How can I tell the difference? Worried I might get Peritonitis if I have a perforation.
No it shouldn't : anal fissure will usually give you pain in the anal area and mostly after bowel movement. Colon perforation is a life threatening emergency presenting with severe abdominal pain, nausea, fever and usually progressing to more severe symptoms of not addressed promptly. Recommend to see your general surgeon or gastroenterologist if you having rectal pain. ...Read more
Not something to get: Colon infn isn't something you want! causes: viral (norwalk, adeno, rotovirus), followed by bacterial (e coli, salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, c difficile) ; parasites (giardia, cyclospora) infn spread on hands of people w/poor hygiene who then pass it on. To get: drink unprocessed h2o ; eat undercooked food, fruits/vegies esp. From street vendors in 3rd world countries ; dont wash your hands. ...Read more
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