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When polyps are found during colonoscopy that are 2-3 CM in size why would a doctor leave them instead of taking a biopsy?

When polyps are found during colonoscopy that are 2-3 CM in size why would a doctor leave them instead of taking a biopsy?

Colonoscopy: Biopsies are usually only taken of any polyps that dont look normal. Polyps of that tiny size are unlikely to be a problem and to a trained eye, the risk of taking the biopsy probably higher than the risk of possible malignancy! I am sure you were told to have a follow up colonoscopy in 6 mos to 1 year. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Colonoscopy showed no polyps but an erythematous area was found and it was biopsied.what could that mean?

Colonoscopy showed no polyps but an erythematous  area was found and it was biopsied.what could that mean?

IBS has no findings : Typically, inflammation anywhere is associated with erythema. While it is more diagnostic of acute or chronic inflammation in the stomach or esophagus, erythema in the colon could mean nonspecific inflammation. The biopsy will determine if this is something more serious such as Crohn's disease. IBS has no abnormalities on colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and 1 polyp was found.It was biopsied and found to be precancerous.What characteristics of a polyp make it pre.?What r prebiotics

Microscopy: The pathologist who read out your polyp under the microscope spends several years learning to tell the ones that are premalignant and this would take more than 400 words. Prebiotics remain unproven as a means of reducing colon cancer risk; claims have been around for a decade without anything strong, ask your gastroenterologist about aspirin. ...Read more

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I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet. What could this mean?

No news...: ...Is usually good news, but i would call the doctors office to verify there wasn't a miscommunication problem and request a copy of the report or a follow-up appointment with your md to review the results and plans for follow-up. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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2 docs wondering why colonoscopy @ 25. Chronic diarreah, cramping, nausea, fatigue. Polyp found waiting on biopsy.

Chronic diarrhea.: Sounds like the colonoscopy was needed to explain your symptoms. The polyp is very likely benign and was an incidental finding. It is not causing your symptoms. In the absence of any other significant finding on studies or colonoscopy, you probably have diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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Full Colonoscopy normal, mucosa normal, no abnormalities, no polyps. Why the Dr got tissue for biopsy?

Colonic biopsy: You would have to ask the doctor who did the biopsy. This is usually unnecessary unless something suspicious was seen, or the doctor just wanted to absolutely certain they were not missing anything. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

No: It is never safe to smoke a cigarette. Wouldn't this be a great time to stop? Given this... there is no special danger from a cig at this time. But you're young, with much of your life ahead of you. You're smart enough to have found HealthTap. You've been away from tobacco for some time. Why not quite RIGHT NOW -- and phone your physician if your need medicine to get you through it. ...Read more

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4m high grade dysplasia bowel polyp. Biopsies after colonoscopy clear. How high are the chances of cancer?

4m high grade dysplasia bowel polyp. Biopsies after colonoscopy clear.  How high are the chances of cancer?

The good news is: You caught it early and it is removed before it turned cancerous . You need follow up colonoscopy as per your gastroenterologist . As to this particular lesion , it is precancerous but not a cancer yet . You are one of the luckiest people colonoscopy brought to the medical field. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

Tight sphincter: While this is sometimes serious, a recent colonoscopy is reassuring. Try increasing the fiber content of your diet, fruits, vegetables, maybe a supplement like Metamucil (which is available at any drugstore). The usual culprit is a tight sphincter muscle and too little fiber in the diet. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today. Dr removed some polyps and also collected some biopsies. I'm now beginning to run a fever. Chills & aching. Is this normal?

I had a colonoscopy today. Dr removed some polyps and also collected some biopsies. I'm now beginning to run a fever. Chills & aching. Is this normal?

No: You should review this with your gastroenterologist, but to be honest, it's possible this is unrelated to the colonoscopy and is related to a totally independent(suspicious for infectious) process. ...Read more

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Sigmoid polyp removed in colonoscopy. Got 2nd gi's opinion + 2nd scope 3 months later. He saw colitis in sigmoid, but biopsies normal. Both gis diagnosis me w ibs. How am i still bleeding and having fevers?

Sigmoid polyp removed in colonoscopy. Got 2nd gi's opinion  + 2nd scope 3 months later. He saw colitis in sigmoid, but biopsies normal. Both gis diagnosis me w ibs. How am i still bleeding and having fevers?

Polyp or colitis: You rarely bleed from ibs, most likely the polyp that was removed is still causing the bleeding or u. Colitis although the bx was normal, it is not unusual to have skip areas in u. Colitis. ...Read more

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70y.o male had colonoscopy w.polyp biopsy 3/25/15. Has fever of 102.4, shaking, chills, and extremely pale in color. Unsure what to do. Thanks?

70y.o male had colonoscopy w.polyp biopsy 3/25/15. Has fever of 102.4, shaking, chills, and extremely pale in color. Unsure what to do. Thanks?

Take to ER: Call the doctor and take him to ER to make sure is not due to procedure related complication.( colonic perforation ) ...Read more

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My colonoscopy microscopic diagnosis: transverse colon polyp biopsy: polypoid colonic mucosa with mild nonspecific chronic inflamation...what is this?

My colonoscopy  microscopic diagnosis: transverse colon polyp biopsy: polypoid colonic mucosa with mild nonspecific chronic inflamation...what is this?

Nothing: non specific colon inflammation it could be anything but not cancer. there is no risk of cancer. your doctor can review your symptoms,and the result of the biopsy and reach the proper conclusion. nothing serious. ...Read more

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A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big ? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big ? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small , current practice of endoscopic screening , will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm , yes could be done with out sedation , but you will be very uncomfortable , and no reason to suffer , follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more

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Why does my GI doctor remove only large but not all polyps during colonoscopy? Is she suspecting malignancy and think i may need surgery anyway?

Valid question: This is a very good question to ask your doctor. The answer probably lies in the findings on your colonoscopy. You deserve an answer from your doctor. ...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


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more