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Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Maybe: Larger growths can contain cancer, but other polyps can be large and still be fully benign. Pathology would review the polyp after it is removed. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

Difficult: Without a physical exam and full medical history. Usually a small bowel obstruction will not occur unless there is scar tissue from a past abdominal surgery. Small bowel obstruction can have abdominal pain with frequent vomiting. Large bowel obstruction is less common & can be from cancer or diverticulitis. Lack of bowel movement with colon obstruction. True bowel obstruction can be very serious. ...Read more

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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Signs of a colon problem?

Signs of a colon problem?

Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. ...Read more

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Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Yes: While fat within the intestinal wall is often thought of as a reliable marker for inflammatory bowel disease, studies have shown that in the absence of clinical or other radiologic evidence of inflammatory bowel disease, the presence of fat in the intestinal wall may represent a normal finding. There is also thought to be some association with obesity. ...Read more

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Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Not really: Not really the size of the polyp does not determined if it is cancer or not of course large polyp can do more damage and depend on location can cause obstruction and bleeding the histology of the polyp determined if it is malignant or pre malignant. ...Read more

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Are large, flat colon polyps cancerous more often that other polyps?

Are large, flat colon polyps cancerous more often that other polyps?

Yes: Truly either pedunculated ( i.E with stalk) or sessile (flat) can harbor a malignant or pre-malignant lesion. The flat ones are a little more worrisome, and size of lesion also plays a role. Biopsy is the key to diagnosis - if the lesion is large and flat, there is always the possibility that malignancy may exist elsewhere within the lesion and surgery or close follow up may be needed. ...Read more

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Can excess stool in the colon cause general intestinal "rumbling"? Can excess stool in the colon cause backup into the small intestine? What exams?

Associated problems: "Excess stool in the coloin" implies a motility disorder of the colon. A motility problem can involve multiple organs in the GI tract. Stool does not generally back up from the colon into the small intestine, other than during episodes of colon obstruction. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Can colon cancer cause cholecystitis?

Yes, but...: Colon cancer can very rarely cause obstruction of the duct draining the gall bladder(cystic duct) or liver(common bile duct) by growing directly into these structures and causing an obstruction. This can lead to cholecystitis just like that caused when the obstruction is caused by a gall stone. It is a more serious situation but i believe that I have seen it only once in my 36 year career! ...Read more

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Can removing a colon polyp 2-3 CM in size hurt?

Can removing a colon polyp 2-3 CM in size hurt?

You'll get Medicated: You'll be anesthetized, whether the polyp is removed through the scope or through a surgical procedure. Most importantly, it needs to come out, be tested, and you be treated effectively based on the results. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon, cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon,  cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Not quite, but....: An accessory spleen is something that one person in four is born with, or that can happen if the splenic capsule is torn and some of the pulp is released. If this happened at the time that an injury formed the colonic adjesion, this may be the explanation. Accessory spleens are little curiosities for the most part. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Diverticulosis attack treated with antibotics can arrest further devlopment? Colon scan indicates two pouches locatedi n the lower colon near rectum

Diverticulosis attack treated with antibotics can arrest further devlopment? Colon scan indicates two pouches locatedi n the lower colon near rectum

Diverticulitis?: I'll assume you are asking about the role of antibiotics in diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of outpouches in the colon wall. It presents with bleeding. Diverticulitis is infection of one of those areas, it will present variably with pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea, inability to defecate, and even sepsis. Diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics, but additional therapy may be needed. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause abscess in the colon?

It can: If the cancer perforates the wall of the colon allowing feces to spill into localized area, an abscess can form. This more commonly happens with diverticulitis but can happen with cancer as well. ...Read more

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Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Yes: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the muscle layers of the abdominal wall which allows a sac of the abdominal lining to come through it. That sac is open at the base and will, sometimes, allow bowel or fatty tissue or bladder to enter the sac and become irritated, stuck or in worst case injured and gangrenous. Symptoms can vary based on what is in the sac and how badly trapped and irritated it is. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Probably not...: But lots of other things can (some benign and others not). Please refer to the many quality answers on healthtap regarding causes of constipation, and approaches to diagnosis and treatment. At 76 years old, evaluation is definitely in order for you--please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Cause of adhesion in descending colon?

Cause of adhesion in descending colon?

Need more info..: I would need more medical history. How was the condition diagnised? What were the colonoscooy or x-ray findings? Has there been past surgery or injury? Postoperative scarring from prior surgery can occur but often does not affect the left colon. Diverticulitis can can scarring and colon blockage, but unusual at age 39. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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