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My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. Why?

My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. Why?

Not sure: Since you give little information about age, symptoms, I am assuming that she has had some bleeding or constipation. A proctosigmoidoscopy is an office exam to look at the lower colon and rectum for causes of anorectal symptoms. Why not ask her? ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Proctoscopy (Definition)

Proctoscopy is a test that is done to look at the rectum and most distant part of the colon. A rigid scope about the size of a thumb is inserted in the anus and using air to inflate the rectum, the doctor can look at all the ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: proctoscopy?

What is the definition or description of: proctoscopy?

Proctoscopy: Proctoscopy is a test that is done to look at the rectum and most distant part of the colon. A rigid scope about the size of a thumb is inserted in the anus and using air to inflate the rectum, the doctor can look at all the surfaces of the rectum. ...Read more

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My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. What could the possible reasons be?

My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. What could the possible reasons be?

Ask her!!: Since you give little information about age, symptoms, I am assuming that she has had some bleeding or constipation. A proctosigmoidoscopy is an office exam to look at the lower colon and rectum for causes of anorectal symptoms. Why not ask her? ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a proctoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a proctoscopy?

Colonoscopy: The colon is roughly 3-5 long depending on individual. A proctoscopy looks at the angus and rectum only (first 4-6 inches). A colonoscopy uses a fiber optic camera to try and look at the entire length of the colon. With a colonoscopy you most likely will have it done in a endoscopy suite under sedation while a proctoscopy can be done in the doctors office. ...Read more

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My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy which resulted in infection. How long till she heals?

My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy which resulted in infection. How long till she heals?

It depends on: The infection. If she got sick afterwards she should improve in a week or so. ...Read more

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Do i need to use an enema to before i go to the doctor for an anoscopy or proctoscopy? Won't that help the doctor see better?

Do i need to use an enema to  before i go to the doctor for an anoscopy or proctoscopy?  Won't that help the doctor see better?

Best to call their: Office and ask the nurse if the doctor prefers you have an enema. If you get there without an enema and the doctor can not see anything, you have just wasted your time and his/hers and will need to reschedule your appointment for another time after taking an enema. ...Read more

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28 years old. Bright red blood on toilet paper after defecation. A specialist only performed a proctoscopy (normal). Should I demand more exams?

28 years old. Bright red blood on toilet paper after defecation. A specialist only performed a proctoscopy (normal). Should I demand more exams?

Ask politely: BRBPR may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor ...Read more

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What preparations are required before having a colospy?

What preparations are required before having a colospy?

You need: to discuss this with your endoscopist but generally the day before is a bowel prep that includes clear liquids all day and some type of purgative that is at the discretion of your endoscopist. You also usually have to stop any meds that may interfere with your ability to clot in case of polyps or need for biopsy; again that is preference of your endoscopist ...Read more