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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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Should doctors email patients?

Should doctors email patients?

Why not?: Virtually every form of communication may be compromised (not private) in some ways, though certain forms of communication are easier to lose privacy than others. Conversations can be overheard, phone lines tapped or wireless ones received, and e-mails can be hacked into by others if they try hard enough. If a patient contacts me via email, i answer via email or phone. Do what seems right to you! ...Read more

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I am undergoing many gastro tests.My occult stool samples were negative.Does this assist in helping r/o colon cancer? Thank you

I am undergoing many gastro tests.My occult stool samples were negative.Does this assist in helping r/o colon cancer? Thank you

Depends: It depends on what stats you read. In reality, only 25% of colon cancers have occult blood. So, it being negative is a good thing, but by itself not enough. The test carries more weight when it is positive than when negative. ...Read more

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What are your experiences with patients who had colon hydrotherapy?

What are your experiences with patients who had colon hydrotherapy?

Colonic therapy: I usually find that these patients attempt many different kinds of therapy and treatments that are not mainstream nor proven to be of any value at all. ...Read more

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Should relatives of stage IV lynch syndrome patient (28yrs old) have a colonoscopy? Other tests or procedures? Thank you.

Should relatives of stage IV lynch syndrome patient (28yrs old) have a colonoscopy?  Other tests or procedures?  Thank you.

Need screening plan: Lynch Syndrome (LS) causes increased risk for a number of cancers including colorectal, uterine, kidney, and others. If a family member has a gene change that causes LS, genetic testing of all family members is needed to determine risk and make a cancer prevention plan. Colonoscopy should be considered by age 20 or 2-5 years earlier than the earliest colon cancer if it is diagnosed before age 25. ...Read more

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How do I find statistics and prognoses for young (less than 50 yrs old) stage 1 colon cancer patients who didn't choose colon resection?

Tough: What therapy did you choose? Why did you not choose surgery which would be 100% curative? You need to look at old surgical articles comparing colon cancer surgery patients to those who chose not to have surgery. They will be tough to find as they are old. ...Read more

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Lower abdominal discomfort, ultra/ct scans, bloodwork, esr, pst, colonoscopy, celiac hla typing, celiac panel all normal. Can it be ativan (lorazepam) withdrawal?

Lower abdominal discomfort, ultra/ct scans, bloodwork, esr, pst, colonoscopy, celiac hla typing, celiac panel all normal. Can it be ativan (lorazepam) withdrawal?

It is nonspecific sy: Your symptoms are not anything serious to justify anymore testing, as you already have done a lot. I would hold off any further interventions and eat and live normally. Begin to exercise daily would help to get your mind of this vague symptom of abdominal discomfort. ...Read more

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Do doctors appreciate patients bringing up online diagnosis?

Do doctors appreciate patients bringing up online diagnosis?

Yes and no: The internet is a fantastic tool but getting medical information is a mixed bag. It is impossible to really know who is posting and what their credentials are. For instance there is a huge difference in credibility in a condition listed by the Mayo clinic and some layperson posting their opinions on a medical forum. patients can be very well informed now and I believe most doctors appreciate that ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Do all colon cancer patients have rectal bleeding?

Not always.: Early in colon cancer, there are typically NO symptoms until the cancer tumor grows large enough that it begins to cause problems in the digestive tract. Small, asymptomatic cancers can be found by screening colonoscopy. Larger tumors may cause changes in bowel habits (diarrhea/constipation/change in consistency of stool), blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, weakness/fatigue, persistent pain ...Read more

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Have Crohns. GI wants to do check-up colonscopy. Unilateral leg swelling w/ vein stick out; MRI, vein ultrasound, ABI, norm. Proceed with colonoscopy?

Have Crohns. GI wants to do check-up colonscopy. Unilateral leg swelling w/ vein stick out; MRI, vein ultrasound, ABI, norm. Proceed with colonoscopy?

Yes: Sometimes there is a microperforation with Crohns and a locatlized inflammatory process is set up where DVT occurs within the femoral or external iliac vein on the left side. This could produce the unilateral leg swelling which I assume would be on the left. If this proved to be such as on pelvic CT then anticoag and even a cava umbrella might be necessary and of course the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Why do some patient experience constipation with colitis?

Why do some patient experience constipation with colitis?

There's constipation: and there's feeling like you cannot move your bowels. The inflammation makes most with colitis FEEL like they ahve to go and can't .. because nothing is there. Real constipation with distention, etc. is not so common. Can be with a mechanical block from the illness. ...Read more

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Do doctors consider flora when diagnosing colon disease/disorders?

It depends: There are many bacteria found in the colon normally. Some don't belong and cause disease. C. Difficile for instance causes pseudomembranous colitis. Other pathogenic bacteria can cause symptom of disease as well. ...Read more

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Mum, 92, 2cm cancerous lump found in scan for gallstones. Waiting for colonoscopy & CT results, what treatment options are for such elderly patients?

Mum, 92, 2cm cancerous lump found in scan for gallstones. Waiting for colonoscopy & CT results, what treatment options are for such elderly patients?

Depends: Mostly depends on the person's overall health and activity level, not just age. Where is the lump? How is it known to be cancerous on only a gallbladder study? Would need more detailed information, but if it is a cancerous tumor that is contained or localized, then surgery should be fine depending on the overall health status (and depending on what organ may have the tumor). ...Read more

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Colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, pelvic ultrasound, fsh, ca125,estrogen all normal. I have severe pelvic,low back, rectal pain. Dr says IBS-c. AGREED?

Colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, pelvic ultrasound, fsh, ca125,estrogen all normal. I have severe pelvic,low back, rectal pain. Dr says IBS-c. AGREED?

All the bad stuff: is rather ruled out completely. Ovarian cancer would be totally ruled out (and would be classic for these symptoms) You are, too young for it, too. http://www.nerdpocalypse.net/diseases/irritable%20bowel.html Other associated symptoms. Pain, bloating, gas, rumbling stomach or pain association with defecation strongly suggest IBS. ...Read more

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Endoscopy biopsies showed negative for gluten, chron's, ulcerative colitis and etc.One year ago.Recent utrasound showed mesenteric adentitis 4xin2years?

Endoscopy biopsies showed negative for gluten, chron's, ulcerative colitis and etc.One year ago.Recent utrasound showed mesenteric adentitis 4xin2years?

Mesenteric adenitis: Is a virus and you can get it several yimes. It is great that nothing severe or major showed you on the biopsies. Your child probably should have his immune status checked at this point just to be sure he is fine, but he probably is, my guess. ...Read more

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Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Both: Both do however if a mass is there the colon and rectal surgeon can take care of it. In addition a colorectal surgeon would be more agressive at removing a polyp whereas a GI may be more apt to recommend surgery. This is based on personal experience. Fyi colonoscopy was pioneered by a general and cardiothoracic surgeon at beth israel in ny. Dr wolff and dr shinya invented polypectomy. ...Read more

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