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Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? no bloody stools

Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? no bloody stools

Options available: CT scan of the abdomen may be indicated but not for mild pain alone. If the symptoms are progressive and there is concern for Cancer(unlikely in your age group), then only I would consider doing a CT. Similarly Colonoscopy is not indicated because of pain alone.If there is bowel irregularity or blood in stool Colonoscopy is reasonable to do. In your case I would watch /monitor for 4-6 weeks, then ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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


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I am having incomplete emptying of bowels, straining, thin dark stool, palpable mass in lrq how do I get a colonoscopy w/o pcp? For approx 1 year I have been having increasingly thin dark stools with a feeling of needing to defecate. More recently increas

I am having incomplete emptying of bowels, straining, thin dark stool, palpable mass in lrq how do I get a colonoscopy w/o pcp? For approx 1 year I have been having increasingly thin dark stools with a feeling of needing to defecate. More recently increas

Unless: Your insurance requires a referreal to a specialist you can call any gastroenteerologist or colorectal surgeon and get scheduled for a colonosocpy sooner rather than later. The change in your bowels and the mass are not good signs and need to be diagnosed very soon so as to give you the most options on management and the best prognosis. ...Read more

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What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

It depends: If the lesion appears large and involved within deeper layers, it will likely need to be removed surgically. If it is more confined and polyp-like, it will probably be removed during colonoscopy. as we can't determine if it is cancerous until we remove it and have a pathologist look at it. ...Read more

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If I had a normal colonoscopy 17 months ago but now have a mass, what are the chances that the mass is cancerous?

It really depends: If one does have a history of prior cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease or familial adenomatous polyposis or a strong family history of cancer - the mass has a higher chance of being cancerous. Always assume any new mass is cancerous and seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What are the odds that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

What are the odds that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

High: Cancers tend to grow more quickly than non cancerous tumors. Therefore, if you had a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, and you now have a tumor in your colon, the chance that the tumor is cancer is higher than if you have not had a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago. ...Read more

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What is the probability that after having a clear colonoscopy 17 months ago, a mass I have now is cancer?

More likely not.: Generally, one would not expect to find a mass in the colon so quiclyy after a colonoscopy. If this was an accurate exam, it would be unlikely. It is thought a polyp can become cancerous over a 10 year span. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed extrinsic compression in the cecum not visible on cat scan result said mass effect in cecum from feces?

Colonoscopy showed extrinsic compression in the cecum not visible on cat scan result said  mass effect in cecum from feces?

If there: was a mass next to the cecum causing extrinsic mass effect on the colonoscopy, the CT should be able to show it easily. If there was no mass identified on the CT, there is probably nothing to worry about, but make sure the radiologist knows about the colonoscopy findings so special attention can be paid to that area. It sounds like the mass effect may be due to feces in an adjacent bowel loop? ...Read more

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Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?

Not able to detect.: Several instruments are used for examining the rectum and then colon. The anal canal is examined with an anoscope being several inches long. confirmation is by digital exam. The proctoscope looks at the rectum above the anus after which sigmoidoscopes were used but now replaced by the colonoscope for examining upper rectum to cecum. Lesion found are then bx. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy two days ago with biopsy of mass protruding from appendix thru cecum. I have pain. Level 5 should I go to er?

Had colonoscopy two days ago with biopsy of mass protruding from appendix thru cecum.  I have pain. Level 5 should I go to er?

Yes, yes: And tell them all of the above, best to go to the er where your colonoscopy and endoscopist are. Be sure to have them notify the gi/colorectal doctor if you already have not called them. Perforation of the cecum is a strong possibility. Also stay npo until evaluated. Do not eat or drink anything and do not take aspirin/nsaids. ...Read more

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