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Recommended Colonoscopy Frequency
Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? no bloody stools
Options available: CT scan of the abdomen may be indicated but not for mild pain alone. If the symptoms are progressive and there is concern for Cancer(unlikely in your age group), then only I would consider doing a CT. Similarly Colonoscopy is not indicated because of pain alone.If there is bowel irregularity or blood in stool Colonoscopy is reasonable to do. In your case I would watch /monitor for 4-6 weeks, then ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can colon polyps or caner cause bladder irritation or UTI I am waiting for a colonoscopy and now getting bladder irritation and frequency of urine. ?
Uc flare with thin stools, chunks of blood in stool, and frequency. Egd, colonoscopy, biopsies & digital perianal & rectal exam all normal. confused?
UC is long-term: Ulcerative colitis is a lifelong inflammatory disease of the lining of the large intestine and rectum, that may have systemic consequences, is often relapsing, and can lead to colon cancer. Flares may occur acutely, even after an unremarkable colon evaluation. Don't delay in ruling out superimposed infection, & seeking help from your gastroenterologist. Call him/her now-- ...Read more
Dont be scared : Very common proceedure and much better than not finding a polyp that could later grow into a cancer. If the scope is negative you may not need another for 8 - 10 years. Most people with sedation do not remember much of the proceedre. You will be glad you got it over and surprised how easy it was. ...Read more
Please name the pros/cons of a virtual colonoscopy vs a regular one? Which one would you recommend first or only? Why?
Pros and cons: Virtual colonoscopy pros: "safe"; cons: radiation (it's a ct scan, not covered by insurance, not as accurate, still need bowel prep real colonoscopy pros: therapeutic (if a polyp is found, it can be removed), covered by insurance. Cons: rare complications such as bleeding, perforation. Being a GI doc, I am naturally biased to latter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have marked thickening of 1side of cecum. Rad. Recommended colonoscopy to exclude malignancy, PC disagrees what should I do?
Get a GI opinion: See a gastroenterologist and make sure that you take the films with you. Gastroenterologist should be able to tell you whether it needs to be further pursued. I would not wait long to get this done. Put it on your to do soon list. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, not particularly: Effective laxative use prior to the colonoscopy should have cleared the majority of the usual short-term retained material (& associated microbiome) from your colon but is unlikely to have had any effect on the remaining microbiome which will rapidly grow back. The far bigger issues are what was happening, why the colonoscopy, what useful information was found, if any, & what you usually eat. ...Read more
I had a sigmdoscopy dr said he found 2 polyps and recommend colonoscopy for removal how long should I wait most for colonoscopy? Could become cancer?
Immediately: A sigmoidoscopy only checks the distal third (sigmoid) portion of the colon and colon cancer can occur anywhere in the colon. Since you had polyps, they may need to be biopsied if they were not. Since your dr. Told you to get a full colonoscopy, especially with your hx of polyps, and not to mention the need to check your whole colon, then get it done. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colorec doc found fissure. Gave nitro ointment. Viola. Problem diagnosed. Recommended colonoscopy. Why? I'm 42. No fam history. Seems premature?
Why colonoscopy?: Fissure may have been only cause of bleeding, but doc needs to make certain that was the only cause. Diverticula, Crohn's ds, polyps, cancer call all cause rectal bleeding. Colon cancer is not something to wait and see; once it's there, it's very hard to treat. Prevention is much better than needing treatment. SO, for completeness' sake he's recommending colonoscopy. ...Read more
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