Top
10
Doctor insights on: Safe Sigmoidoscopy Pregnant

Share
Dr. John Lappas
536 doctors shared insights

Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


2

2
Is sigmoidoscopy safe during pregnancy? I’m in my third trimester and my doctor wants to do a sigmoidoscopy to find out why i’m bleeding. Can it hurt my baby?

Is sigmoidoscopy safe during pregnancy? I’m in my third trimester and my doctor wants to do a sigmoidoscopy to find out why i’m bleeding. Can it hurt my baby?

Flexible : Flexible sigmoidoscopy and even colonoscopy appears to be safe during pregnancy if it is indicated. A study published in 1996 looked at the safety and effectiveness of 48 flexible sigmoidoscopies during pregnancy done at 10 medical centers and showed that sigmoidoscopy does not induce labor or result in congenital malformations, that sigmoidoscopy is not contraindicated during pregnancy, and that sigmoidoscopy may be beneficial in pregnant patients with significant lower gastrointestinal bleeding. The study included thirteen patients who were in the first trimester of pregnancy, 18 who were in the second trimester, and 15 who were in the third trimester. Twenty-seven patients were found to have significant diagnoses that included colitis and bleeding internal hemorrhoids. No complications occurred in the pregnant patients. Eight colonoscopies were also performed in pregnant patients during this study with no complications to the mother or unborn baby. You should discuss your particular situation with your doctor before deciding whether or not to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy while you are pregnant. Reference: cappell ms, colon vj, sidhom oa. A study at 10 medical centers of the safety and efficacy of 48 flexible sigmoidoscopies and 8 colonoscopies during pregnancy with follow-up of fetal outcome and with comparison to control groups. Dig dis sci. 1996;41(12):2353. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
If i was pregnant and had a sigmoidoscopy could I have lost the baby?

If i was pregnant and had a sigmoidoscopy could I have lost the baby?

Probably not: But if the scope was necessary or you didn't know or tell the doctor you were pregnant it could have contributed but if you are still pregnant with a viable fetus, stop worrying about things after the fact. Nothing you can do about it now. ...Read more

4

4
Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years,  sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT  scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

5

5
My mum has irritable bowel syndrome and a fissure. She is going for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Is this safe?

My mum has irritable bowel syndrome and a fissure.  She is going for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Is this safe?

Sigmoidoscope: Scope is done quite frequently, and under hands of good gastroenterologist, complications are minimal. ...Read more

7

7
Does sigmoidoscopy hurt?

Does sigmoidoscopy hurt?

The medications: That are provided should prevent the experience of pain. ...Read more

8

8
What can a sigmoidoscopy diagnose?

What can a sigmoidoscopy diagnose?

It examines : The rectum and the sigmoid colon. It can be done in office without any sedation. It can diagnose diseases such as proctitis, colitis, look for polyps in the distal colon amd rectum, and also evaluate hemorrhoids. There are several other uses but the above mentioned are more common. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What is a sigmoidoscopy, is it useful?

What is a sigmoidoscopy, is it useful?

Sigmoidoscopy exam: The sigmoid colon is the last bend of the gut before food reaches the rectum. Accordingly, examination of the sigmoid ; left colon (hence the name "sigmoidoscopy") involves a flexible tube inserted into the rectum (often under sedation if you wish). The procedure takes only a few minutes ; typically requires only a limited preparation. On the other hand, "colonscopy" examines the whole colon. ...Read more

10

10
Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Not generally: Flexible sig: getting cleaned out by enemas, having a flexible, lit up tube inserted into the rectum, and advanced (steered), under direct vision (video chip inside the scope) from rectum to sigmoid, and descending colon; looks at last 1.5 feet (approx) of intestine.Stops at the turn under the left ribs. No sedation usually, can do biopsy; slight risk of bleed, perforation (1 in several thousand. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Tanya Russo
4 doctors shared insights

Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Kristi Moffat
127 doctors shared insights

Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more