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"BOWEL: The left-sided colon including rectosigmoid colon is collapsed. Normal appendix. Stomach and small bowel are unremarkable" what does this mean?
Unclear question: What are your complaints??? If this is an incidental reading of an X-Ray then it's just a normal variant. Why did you get a X-Ray ...Read more
I had a CT scan with result: diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid colon. Is this serious ?
You need a diagnosis: Diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid can be caused by diverticulosis, which is benign. It can be caused by inflammation (colitis) or ischemia, which is more serious. It can also be caused by cancer. You need to have this followed up to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more
Recently had a colonoscopy and the report states very tight rectosigmoid, diffiicult colon and single diverticulum noted. What does all this mean.
Need more info: Kath - the most concerning thing from what you are describing is "tight". It sounds like a stricture. The stricture is from chronic inflammation or a cancer. In either event, you are 44 years old. I would highly consider removing his part of your colon given these two findings. Please speak with your doctor further or with a surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mucosal congestion: This means that there is some swelling and inflammation that is going on - kind of similar to what is going on in your sinuses when you're having a cold. I would not worry too much over that if it is the only thing found to be abnormal. The doc who discovered should be able to help you treating it if it is what is causing your symptoms. In most cases, it would be expected to be asymptomatic. ...Read more
Colonoscopy showed an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon. Does it sound like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?
You can ask it on: Healthap. Please submit a clear & specific question about colons. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more
NO, don't do it!!!: This has been addressed many times on healthtap, and the repeated answer is: don't cleanse! it doesn't matter whether the snake oil (sorry "detox cleanse") you choose is "organic" or not--there is no enduring value to "cleansing" your gut without a doctor's advice. What toxins? Rather, there is considerable risk to your health. Pull the prior healthtap answers on this subject, and please don't! ...Read more
Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more
Large intestine: The colon (large intestine, large bowel) removes water, salt, and some nutrients forming stool. Muscles line the colon's walls, squeezing its contents along. Billions of bacteria coat the colon and its contents, living in a healthy balance with the body. Ref: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/picture-of-the-colon#1 ...Read more
It is very possible: If you don't drink enough fluids more of the liquid in the small intestine is absorbed and at the breaking point - viola constipation. It is not frequent but can be very uncomfortable and even painful. The small intestine is not as large and after the pouch is filled -- it hurts. Good luck & drink enough fluids. ...Read more
You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more
Type of cancer: The most common colon malignancy is an adenocarcinoma. These usually arise from a pre-existing polyp called an adenoma. These tumors require surgical resection and possibly further treatment depending on the stage of the tumor which depends on depth of invasion as well as lymph node status and whether or not there is a metastasis. ...Read more