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Would a colonoscopy note moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon? And could this diverticular be causing obscure GI bleeding?

Would a colonoscopy note moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon? And could this diverticular be causing obscure GI bleeding?

Yes & no: A colonoscopy could certainly detect moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon however diverticulosis almost never a cause of obscure GI bleeding. It is usually overt & very obvious especially when coming from the sigmoid colon. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is essentially caused by pressure. Straining at stool causes pressure within the colon, and that pressure seeks to escape through weak points in the intestinal wall. When escaping, the pressure takes some intestinal lining along for the ride causing pouches (diverticuli). Low fiber diet leads to straining at stool, hence the recommendation of high fiber diet. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with severe diverticulosis of the sigmoid colon. Is pain in area normal?

I have been diagnosed with severe diverticulosis of the sigmoid colon.  Is pain in area normal?

Maybe: Most people with diverticulosis don't hurt. When you have pain, fever, or change in your bowel habits, you are dealing with diverticulitis and you should check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are hepatic cysts located on my liver & should I worry, I have diagnoised with sigmoid colon diverticulosis?

What are hepatic cysts located on my liver & should I worry, I have diagnoised with sigmoid colon diverticulosis?

No worries...: As a 47-year old american citizen, it is almost guaranteed you'll have sigmoid diverticulosis. Hepatic cysts means liver cysts, and there's a high probability you were born with them. Unless they are verified as new, or are symptomatic, there's nothing to worry about. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon, and atranal gastritis, i also have severe constant right upper quadrant pain but CT scan showed nothing?

I have diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon, and atranal gastritis, i also have severe constant right upper quadrant pain but CT scan showed nothing?

Gallbladder?: Might be worth checking out your gallbladder-- ultrasound is a better study for gallstones, and if there aren't any, then you may need a cck-hida scan to evaluate gallbladder function. Even without stones, if the function is abnormal you can have similar symptoms- right upper quadrant pain, radiation to shoulder, fatty food intolerance, flatulence etc. ...Read more

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I'm still in a lot of pain after having laproscopic sigmoid colon surgery, then a hematoma. Why, and how long could this go on? I had the surgery for diverticulitis, it's been 2 weeks after surgery and 4 days ago he drained the hematoma, I am in a lot of

Standard : Standard recommendations for the performance of laparoscopic sigmoidectomy in patients with diverticulitis include patients who have complications of the disease or have had numerous, severe disease episodes. Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy for diverticulitis has demonstrated benefits with regard to operative blood loss, postoperative pain, length of hospital stay, morbidity and mortality compared with open surgical techniques. In either open or laparoscopic sigmoidectomy, the major complications include: leakage and/or stricture at the anastomosis (connecting the two ends of the colon), abscess, and bleeding (hematoma). The symptoms associated with the hematoma depend on its size and location. It is possible that the hematoma is compressing surrounding tissues or organs causing pressure symptoms, or if pressing on a nerve, can also cause neuralgias or pain. If you are still having symptoms after drainage of the hematoma, you may want to see your surgeon again to have a ct scan done to make sure that the hematoma has been drained and that there are not other reasons (such as infection) for presistent pain or gastrointestinal symptoms. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Unusual: At your age, and common with aging.
You must be symptomatic if you are getting studied.
Diverticula, diverticulosis, then irritation called diverticulitis.
Your doctor will make dietary recommendations, and you may need colonoscopy to be sure no other issues. ...Read more

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I have severe narrowing of digestive tract plus severe sigmoid diverticulosis in different parts of colon. Constant niggling pain in low left side.

I have severe narrowing of digestive tract plus severe sigmoid diverticulosis in different parts of colon. Constant niggling pain in low left side.

Sounds : Like you are having low grade diverticulitis or intermittent intestinal obstruction. Depending on why you developed your narrowing, it could mean that an operation is necessary to relieve the obstruction. Ask your GI specialist for recommendation. ...Read more

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I have pan diverticulosis. Doctor removed sigmoid 2 years ago. Had 3 more attacks since. Dr wants to remove colon. Is that large & small intestines? He said I shouldn't need a bag. What are the statistics for a full recovery after that?

I have pan diverticulosis. Doctor removed sigmoid 2 years ago. Had 3 more attacks since. Dr wants to remove colon. Is that large & small intestines?  He said I shouldn't need a bag. What are the statistics for a full recovery after that?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulitis or inflammation of the diverticula that you have can lead to rupture or leaking and abscess formation. So a lot of times removing the colon becomes necessary. This is fairly common and leads to having only the intestine. Unfortunately this condition is due to high protein diet and not enough vegetables. You will benefit from changing diet and healing will be fine in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Ulcerated and vascular-patterm-decreased mucosa in the. Sigmoid colon?

Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can have ulceration and decreased vascular patterns in the sigmoid colon. Common symptoms are weight loss, frequent diarrhea (usually bloody) & abdominal pain. Uc occurs when your immune system cannot control the inflammation. See your doctor immediately if you are having these symptoms. ...Read more

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I recently had my appendix out & was told I have diverticula in my sigmoid colon. How dangerous is this?

I recently had my appendix out & was told I have diverticula in my sigmoid colon.  How dangerous is this?

Diverticula: Most americans have diverticula, little outpouchings in the colon wall. They rarely cause problems but can get infected, diverticulitis, or cause significant lower GI bleeding. However, most of us do not develop these. The best thing for you to do is eat a high fiber diet and try to prevent constipation. However, in reality we do not recommend avoiding any particular food to prevent problems. ...Read more

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Why could my doc not easily remove a 1/2 inch sessile polyp on the sigmoid colon? What type of doc can do it?

Sessile = flat: Sessile polyps are flat, which makes it very difficult (but not impossible) to remove. However, they can usually be biopsied to determine if (pre)cancerous or not. This is where the gastroenterologist comes in handy. Realistically, it comes down to experience as newly minted docs may not have skills of seasoned ones. But in general, gastroenterologist is specialist to go to for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Mild diffuse thickening of rectum and sigmoid colon--suggestive of infective-inflammatory colitis, what to do?

CT scan finding: This sounds like a result from a ct scan. Okay to talk with your doc about this result. Depending on your symptoms, age, and history it may not have much meaning. However, it may need further evaluation, colonoscopy, lab tests, if you have lower colon symptoms, blood in stool, weight loss, change in bowels, fever, pain. Be well. ...Read more

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CECT whole abdomen with rectal contrast shows mild thickening of mucosal folds in sigmoid colon. Is this finding significant?

CECT whole abdomen with rectal contrast shows mild thickening of mucosal folds in sigmoid colon. Is this finding significant?

Fold thickening: There are numerous causes of fold thickening, including inflammatory, infectious, vascular, and neoplastic. Sometimes the fold thickening seen on CT is not real, a false abnormality due to incomplete bowel dissension. Your doctor, in the context of your entire clinical picture, can best determine how significant it is. Colonoscopy may be useful if you have not had one. ...Read more

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Doc found one sessile polyp (half inch) on my sigmoid colon that he couldn't remove. Is the polyp precancerous or more dangerous than others?

May need surgery: Polyps can be pedunculated or sessile. The flat ones (sessile) are much more difficult to remove intact via colonoscopy. Depending on the biospy results, the lesion may have to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Could anyone explain the reasons why my sigmoid colon is remarkably thickened?

Could anyone explain the reasons why my sigmoid colon is remarkably thickened?

How do you know?: What makes you think your colon is thickened? Did a doctor tell? If so, you should ask that doctor. It is quite likely that your colon symptoms are part of your anxiety disorder and not an organic issue. ...Read more

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What could be the probable diagnosis of a growth at sigmoid colon and rectm junction?

What could be the probable diagnosis of a growth at sigmoid colon and rectm junction?

Growth=Polyp=Tumor: A growth in the colon, also called a polyp, is a tumor or growth of abnormal tissue. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or cancer. Benign polyps such as adenomas have potential to turn to cancer if they grow a long time. Other polyps, such as hyperplastic, usually don't turn to cancer. Some polyps may already have cancer in them. Colonoscopy with biopsy is usually needed to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does "sigmoid colon showed an ulcero-proliferative" mean?

Your doctor can expl: The doctor who gave you this report must explain it to you, if you ask. It basically means that there is an ulcer in this lesion in your colon, where the cell are very active(proliferating). This may be a benign polyp, yet you need to get it removed as anything which is proliferating can turn into a cancer if you leave it alone inside for too long. ...Read more

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What is the difference between recto-sigmoid colon vs recto-sigmoid junction?

Terminology: The junction is the area where the colon and the rectum meet and the recto-sigmoid colon is basically that small part of the colon above it. ...Read more

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What does equivocal wall thickening of sigmoid colon and proximal rectum mean?

Maybe thickened: The wall of the bottom part of your colon might be a little thick but it isn't certain. What that means is there may be evidence of inflamed tissue when the wall of the colon is measured but a normal colon is sometimes the same thickness. Most likely further tests will be needed, such as a colonoscopy. That will be a decision made by you doctor based on the clinical situation. ...Read more

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What would cause the colon to have a grainy texture and nodularity and mucus in the sigmoid colon if biopsies are negative?

What would cause the colon to have a grainy texture and nodularity and mucus in the sigmoid colon if biopsies are negative?

Colon biopsy: Biopsy does not show mucus.
They did not biopsy what they saw or it was not there when biopsied. Discuss with your GI Dr. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Definition)

Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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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