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During a recent sigmoidoscopy a small patch of inflammation was found on the left side of lower bowel. What is the most likely outcome?

During a recent sigmoidoscopy a small patch of inflammation was found on the left side of lower bowel. What is the most likely outcome?

Hard to say: Given the limitted info you gave, it is hard to tell what exactly it is. Could be from recent mild infection, early colitis, lymphocytic/spastic colitis, or it may not be much at all.... Why was the procedure done? I assume some tissue sample/biopsy was done...If so, waite for the result.. Good luck...Keep us informed.. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lappas
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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


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Does sigmoidoscopy hurt?

Does sigmoidoscopy hurt?

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

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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

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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

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Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

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

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Where do I go if sigmoidoscopy questions?

Where do I go if sigmoidoscopy questions?

Ask your doc: Ask your doc about indication for procedure, nature of procedure, alternatives (including not doing it), significant risks and benefits-whether it is re: sigmoidoscopy, or any other. Doc needs to inform you re: above factors, so you can make an informed consent. Also can go online to am. Coll. Gastroenterology for information. ...Read more

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What are the possible complications of a sigmoidoscopy?

What are the possible complications of a sigmoidoscopy?

Complications: rare: Sigmoidoscopy is a very commonly done procedure with rare significant complications. Mild bleeding can occur in patients with hemorrhoids. Perforation of the colon wall can occur in less than 1/1000 patients, usually only in those with some type of pre-existing abnormality such as diverticulosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sigmoidoscopy?

Signoidoscopy: 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 typically requires an enema. ...Read more

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What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

A colon exam: This is a limited exam of the distal colon and rectum, typically done without sedation in an office setting. This has been used as part of colon cancer screening regimens, but has been largely replaced by colonoscopy which allows a complete colon exam. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?

Camera: You get a camera inserted through your rectum to examine the rectum and the sigmoid colon. You may or may not be offered anesthesia for this procedure. You need to at least have an enema before the procedure to cleanse the colon, and sometimes a laxatives preparation the day before. ...Read more

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How do a colonoscopy and a sigmoidoscopy differ?

Longer test: A sigmoidoscopy only sees part of the colon. The traditional sigmoidoscopy was 60 centimeters and saw the sigmoid and descending colon. A colonoscope is 120-160cm and should visualize the entire colon. Usually the sigmoidoscopy is done unsedated while the colonoscopy is done with sedation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get an endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy?

Is it okay to get an endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy?

Absolutely: Many gastroenterologists, faced with the need to evaluate the upper and lower GI tracts, may choose to perform a "double procedure" under one sedation--this minimizes sedation risk and maximizes the diagnostic yield of testing. Good luck with your results. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not much: You will be under the influence of either an amnestic (blocks memory) and/or light sedative. You won't remember a thing and likely get a terrific nap in the process. Now, preparing for the experience by evacuating your bowels the day before can be challenging. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Several: Rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, full colonoscopy, air contrast barium enema xray, ct colonography. Depending on the reason you need an exam will determine which is the most appropriate technique to use. ...Read more

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What if the flexible sigmoidoscopy shows something abnormal?

Depends on findings: Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at lower 1/3 of colon. Better look is with colonoscopy, which looks at entirety of colon. In general, if abnormality seen on flex sig, colonoscopy is recommended. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Depends: If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation. Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare. ...Read more

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What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flex sig: Usually two enemas. Again, this is a procedure for the history books. Almost always an indication for a sigmoidoscopy is an indication for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy feel like? Are you out for it?

'Flex sig' ='cramps': For a 'flex sig' you are usually awake with no anesthesia unless arranged ahead of time with your doctor/G.I. Doctor . The pain/cramps you experience is from the air placed in the lower colon so we can see the entire bowel wall . The usual indications for flex sig are for follow-up for known proctitis (colitis) otherwise a full colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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Can you always see hemmorhoids on sigmoidoscopy? Even small ones?

They should be able: Sigmoidoscopy is a direct view of the final part of your Gi tract; which is where the hemorrhoids are located. They will actually be able to see beyond the place where hemorrhoids are commonly found. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristi Moffat
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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