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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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Do you need to follow a low fiber diet before a colonoscopy?

Do you need to follow a low fiber diet before a colonoscopy?

NO: You will be instructed to take a clear liquid diet and not to eat after the evening prior to the procedure. The most important part is to drink all the golitely which will cause diarrhea until stool completely clears and only water is what you see. Its very important to be clean so that minute polyps can be seen and removed and no lesion missed. ...Read more

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Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Should be fine: You should be fine to drink Pedialite the day before a colonoscopy if they instructed you to be on liquid diet. You can always call the doctor's office to confirm if you are unsure. ...Read more

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6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

Define clear liquids: "clear liquids" are any food that is not solid at room ; body temperature that will allow sunlight to pass through: ice pops, jello, broth without particles, juices without particulates, water, light tea. Avoid red-dyed foods that may leave residue that looks like blood to the colonoscopist. Confirm your selection with the performing doctor--you don't want to have to re-do the test due 2 bad prep. ...Read more

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Infectious colitis...Is a colonoscopy needed or can medications/diets cure it.?

Infectious colitis...Is a colonoscopy needed or can medications/diets cure it.?

CAUSE?: Do you know the cause of the infection? If you know the cause of the infection- you might be able to just treat it. If you dont know the cause, doing a colonoscopy might be helpful to get tissue samples and get further evaluations under the microscope. For example, if its a virus- the particular virus might help determine a tailored treatment. How do you know its INFECTIOUS? ...Read more

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Can I take rolaids as part of a clear liquid diet as prep for a colonoscopy?

Plenty of liquids: Colonoscopy is a unique event and remember that the preparation is very important. Follow the directions on your particular bowel preparation and remember to drink plenty of clear liquids. Role aids are permissible. ...Read more

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I have been on clear liquid diet all day and started colonoscopy prep 4.5 hours ago. I have drank 2 liters of movi-prep without a BM. What should I do?

I have been on clear liquid diet all day and started colonoscopy prep 4.5 hours ago. I have drank 2 liters of movi-prep without a BM. What should I do?

Continue prep: Continue the prep as prescribed. If you have not had good BMs prior to time for the procedure, let the doctor who is going to do the procedure know. If your colon is not cleared out, the doctor will not be able to see well enough for the colonoscopy to be of any value. You may need to be prescribed a different bowel prep. ...Read more

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Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

BCAA: This latest addition to muscle building should not interfere with the colonoscopy, but it might be best to check with the colonoscopist and see what they advise. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


Roughage (Definition)

Roughage refers to indigestible dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is important for gut motility, preventing ...Read more


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