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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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Is a colonoscopy necessary when someone has black stool?

Is a colonoscopy necessary when someone has black stool?

Black Stool: Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) causes your stool to be black. It really depends on your history of what is going on. If someone does have black stool and they did not just take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for instance, they should see their doctor for a consultation to determine what is appropriate to do next. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy necessary? If so, will a colon CT suffice?

Is a colonoscopy necessary? If so, will a colon CT suffice?

Not the same: These are not the same. Colonoscopy is the introduction of a probe through the anal orifice to visualize the colon walls and obtain samples of suspicious lesions. The colon ct is the image reconstruction of the colon. It means that you need to be exposed to big amounts of radiation to obtain the image (less defined), but if you have a lesion you won't have a biopsy: you will need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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

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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Are colonoscopies necessary?

Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Pls advise whether colonoscopy is necessary if one suffers from proctslgia fugax?

Proctalgia Fugax: This is a painful spasm of the recto-anal region. There is no known direct cause known. Typically seen in the middle of the night when you awaken. It makes you go to the bathroom and try to pass stools but there is nothing. The colonoscopy is just to rule out other conditions like hemorrhoids, cancer, etc... ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy necessary to monitor inflammatory bowel disease ?

Can be: Depends on the type & severity of the colitis, and how long it has been present. Colonoscopy can look for disease resolution or recurrence on medical therapy, or how well the medication is working. Colonoscopy can look for changes to biopsy and watch for dysplasia or pre-cancerous changes too. ...Read more

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At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

Varies: It varies on the patient's condition and what is the colonoscopy's intended purpose ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy in all cases necessary before starting any IBD treatment?

Is colonoscopy in all cases necessary before starting any IBD treatment?

Ibd: Not always. In some cases of ulcerative colitis only a gentle sigmoidoscopy without any laxative preparation may be needed to establish a diagnosis and start treatment. However your gastroenterologist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more