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Gastroenterologist is investigating me for Crohn's. For multiple reasons, I can't have a colonoscopy. Would an MRI enterography suffice for now??

Gastroenterologist is investigating me for Crohn's. For multiple reasons, I can't have a colonoscopy. Would an MRI enterography suffice for now??

Probably not: To make a definitive diagnosis, a biopsy of the affected part of the colon would be optimal. A biopsy taken at colonoscopy is the usual diagnostic procedure. You may wish to reconsider why you cannot have colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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Know that feeling of air in your shoulders after a colonoscopy well I have that painful feeling for no reason. Why? What would cause that

Know that feeling of air in your shoulders after a colonoscopy well I have that painful feeling for no reason. Why? What would cause that

No: I never heard of anyone having a feeling of air in their shoulders from a scope in their large intestine, but if you are having pain in your shoulders it would be wise to get an exam to determine why. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I recently had a colonoscopy done and it all came back normal but I am still having some digestive issues. Any reason as to why this keeps happening?

I recently had a colonoscopy done and it all came back normal but I am still having some digestive issues. Any reason as to why this keeps happening?

Digestion is other o: The colon is not the primary organ involved in digestion. The gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, and small intestine are more involved in the digestive process. You need to discuss your problems with your digestion with your MD as these problems relate to the organs mentioned here. ...Read more

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During a colonoscopy a few weeks ago I remember my upper body being moved and/or shaken a bit by the nurse and doctor. Any reason for that?

During a colonoscopy a few weeks ago I remember my upper body being moved and/or shaken a bit by the nurse and doctor. Any reason for that?

Repositioning: Sometimes during a colonoscopy it is necessary to reposition you. This may allow for easier passage of the scope. It may also be done for other issues, like to improve your breathing or put you in a more comfortable position if you moved.

Most colonoscopies are done under sedation and you are not entirely unconscious. You may remember parts of what happens but not the entire context. ...Read more

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I am 30 and IBS issues. I did colonoscopy but nothing found. I am better now but for some reason my hair turning grey slowly slowly since then?

I am 30 and IBS issues. I did colonoscopy but nothing found. I am better now but for some reason my hair turning grey slowly slowly since then?

Co-incidence: The colonoscopy and your hair turning grey about the same time is highly likely to be coincidental. There is no reason for colonoscopy to affect your scalp. ...Read more

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If I? celiacs and had EGD and colonoscopy (for different reason) with (-)biopsy for celiacs, is there any benefit to having blood test 3 yr later?

If I? celiacs and had EGD and colonoscopy (for different reason) with (-)biopsy for celiacs, is there any benefit to having blood test 3 yr later?

Depends: If you were on a gluten free diet at the time of egd then the sensitivity of biopsies will be lower. In this case doing the blood test may be reasonable. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions on this. ...Read more

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Have had colonoscopy/endoscopy, ct, bloodtests etc- for what reason am I getting so tired EVERYTIME after I eat? Immune disease?

Depends on food: With tests ruling our the presence of malignancy or process that might produce fatigue, the answer may be in the meal content and the time of the meal. If meals are high in carbohydrates which enter the GI tract there is a need to dilute the concentrated food, Fluid leaves the blood stream and enters the GI tract causing a diminution of blood to brain resulting In drowsiness. ...Read more

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I had anal fissure diagnosed after colonoscopy about 4 years back. Reason 4 procedure: 1-time blood in stool. Ok since, but anything I need to do now?

NO: Not sure I fully understand your question. If you are having no symptoms from your fissure that was found a year ago, then there is nothing else to do. It sounds like it has already healed. ...Read more

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I had a rad hysterectomy and radiation in 1998. Last year a colonoscopy and endoscope, all clear. Have ibs. What could be the reason for the lower right quadrant of my abdomen being distended.

I had a rad hysterectomy and radiation in 1998. Last year a colonoscopy and endoscope, all clear. Have ibs. What could be the reason for the lower right quadrant of my abdomen being distended.

Many things: It is reassuring that the scopes were normal. The surgery can cause scar tissue called adhesions. Ibs can also cause accumulation of gas. The surgery can cause some weakness of the abdominal muscles. As long as the tests (ct scans, etc) are normal, I would recommend trials of diet changes and probiotics and exercise. ...Read more

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When liver cirrhosis blood in stool made colonoscopy there is no proof bleeding everything is normal what is reason for bleeding? How can I diagnose

When liver cirrhosis blood in stool made colonoscopy there is no proof bleeding everything is normal what is reason for bleeding? How can I diagnose

EGD is next.: People with cirrhosis can get varicose (dilated veins) within the esophagus which can bleed. If the colonoscopy didn’t show anything then the next step should be EGD for a look at the esophagus. Blood testing as well to see if you’re anemic and/or coagulopathic. ...Read more

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Colonscopy a couple days ago. Now for some reason my butt bone hurts or tailbone should I say. When I bend over ir when I sit down sometimes. Hurt?

Curious.: There is no torsion or pressure on your coccyx during this exam. Call the doctor's office (that did the endoscopy). They may be able to provide a answer, but the complaint is not common from patients I have sent, nor in my personal experience. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a colonoscopy?

Not as bad :): It is probably not as bad as you may have heard. You are given sedation and for the most part of the study you are asleep. They introduce a camara through your rectum and look throughout your colon. It is over in 20 mins. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a colonoscopy?

What does it feel like to have a colonoscopy?

Quite variable: Unless you opt not to have conscious sedation, you'll probably remember and feel little during the actual colonoscopy. Afterwards, you'll like have some element of mild abdominal discomfort and bloating related to residual gas in the colon. It may take several days for your bowel habit to return to normal after the aggressive clean out necessary prior to the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a colonoscopy the day before my hysterectomy.

Twin decision: This is a decision that your two physician's must make collaboratively in the best interest of your care. The Colonoscopy MD and the GYN MD must contact each other for that to occur, or you notify each of the same. The necessary colon cleaning pre procedure that is done spreads bacteria over the perineum, increasing the risks of pelvic infection at hysterectomy even with pre-op anti-bacterial wash ...Read more

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Are you totally put to sleep to have a colonoscopy?

Are you totally put to sleep to have a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of anesthesia you are given. Some places use fentanyl plus versed, which takes a little longer to take effect, and you may have minimal discomfort during procedure. With Propofol which is given routinely in most places, you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a colonoscopy when might be pregnant?

Is it ok to have a colonoscopy when might be pregnant?

Avoid: The medications for sedation can be harmful to the fetus. Unless the colonoscopy is urgent, I would recommend waiting until you know you are not pregnant before proceeding. ...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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Is it safe for me to have a colonoscopy if I have an enlarged prostate?

Yes: Your prostate is outside of the colon and rectum and will not cause difficulty with a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have a colonoscopy to explore an anal fissure at an atypical location?

Is it necessary to have a colonoscopy to explore an anal fissure at an atypical location?

Yes: Anal fissures usually occur at the anterior and posterior anal verge. Lateral fissures are often associated with other problems such as crohn's disease. An atypical fissure should prompt a complete GI evaluation. ...Read more

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I am 24 with very irregular bowels. Am I to young to have a colonoscopy done & what can b done to fix my irregularity besides eating right & fiber?

Add probiotic: You can try adding a probiotic to your regimen. You still need to eat right though and have enough fiber in your food intake. Would discuss with your doctor which probiotic he or she would recommend. ...Read more

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I am refusing to have a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy unless it becomes my very last resort. What test options can I insist on in UK please possibleibs?

I am sorry: But I don't practice in the UK and I don't know health care policies in Britain. I don't know if Health Tap has any providers in the United Kingdom. All the physicians that I know in Health Tap are based in the United States. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

Is it safe to have a colonoscopy during early pregnancy?

If it is elective: If would be better to put off. Your obstetrician should be consulted about it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy when I'm having some post nasal drip issues? Not sick with a cold or anything.

No problem: There is no reason not to get one if you are not sick. I suspect that you have a genetic predisposition to polyps since it is unusual to need a colonoscopy at age 34. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to have a colonoscopy using propofol if I have Brugada syndrome? Will it cause an episode of VT or VF?

Is it safe for me to have a colonoscopy using propofol if I have Brugada syndrome? Will it cause an episode of VT or VF?

Yes with precautions: Although propofol may result in malignant arrhythmias in some Brugada syndrome patients, it has been used uneventfully in numerous other Brugada syndrome patients. When appropriate measures are taken anesthesia with propofol can most often be performed safely in Brugada syndrome patients. For detailed information on anesthesia in Brugada syndrome see: http://bit. Ly/2bhf1Zz ...Read more

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I had MRI of small intestines that had shown no abnormalities. Is there any point to have a colonoscopy next? Would that show anything different? Ty

I had MRI of small intestines that had shown no abnormalities. Is there any point to have a colonoscopy next? Would that show anything different? Ty

Possibly: I see that you have abdominal bloating. There can be many causes for that. An abdominal MRI gets a good look at the ovaries and other abdominal organs, but it is not good at seeing the insides of your intestines. If you have not had a colonoscopy, this may be a test your doctor orders. It looks at the inside of your large intestine and gives different information than the MRI. Hope that helps! ...Read more