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My MCH blood test always comes back slightly high is that enough of an indicator along with thickening of the cecum to suspect cancer?

My MCH blood test always comes back slightly high is that enough of an indicator along with thickening of the cecum to suspect cancer?

Mean : Corpuscular hemoglobin associates with large cells, and b-12 or folate (folic acid) deficinency. Low MCV (mean corpuscular volume) or microcytosis is associated with iron deficiency, like from blood loss into the cecum. Heavy menses, lack of red meat in diet without supplemental iron.. Sounds like you had a ct too. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can the cecum be seen during a colonoscopy? Or is it through a sigmoidoscopy? Can cancer of the cecum be detected through radiology tests like ct/mri?

Can the cecum be seen during a colonoscopy? Or is it through a sigmoidoscopy? Can cancer of the cecum be detected through radiology tests like ct/mri?

Yes-No-Maybe: Colonoscopy evaluates the entire large intestine, from cecum to rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy only goes as far as the left side of the colon, nowhere near the cecum. Routine ct scanning may identify a (large) cecal tumor but is much less sensitive than a colonoscopy; ct colonography is almost as sensitive as a colonoscopy, but is less desirable than colonoscopy since a biopsy cannot be done. ...Read more

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Does cancer of the cecum show up in blood work?

Does cancer of the cecum show up in blood work?

Perhaps indirectly: If bleeding and blood loss sufficient to produce anemia. Looking at blood results is not the way to diagnose colon cancer. Occult blood/guaiac card shows presence leading to colonoscopy for diagnosis. Treatment is right colectomy collecting at least 13 nodes. ...Read more

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Diminutive cecum polyp I have a history of colon cancer I am so nervous?

Diminutive cecum polyp I have a history of colon cancer I am so nervous?

No reason to be nerv: Since you are under proper medical care of a doctor who is checking your colon regularly, you will do well. Polyps are caught early and removed safely if you get a Colonoscopy test ddone every one to 2 years for the next 5 years, then reduce the frequency as advised by your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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My cecum is thick and inflamed if it was due to an infection my stool culture would show that wouldn't it? If mine was neg. Does that mean cancer?

My cecum is thick and inflamed if it was due to an infection my stool culture would show that wouldn't it? If mine was neg. Does that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: It is difficult to say with certainty, as imaging cecum is not an easy task.A combination of tests is often needed in order to define the cause of cecal thickening. This may include barium enema, colonoscopy and some additional imaging techniques. Stool culture is not likely to provide any reliable answers. So, either direct visualization(colonoscopy) or indirect visualization will help to show t. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!

What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum?  Does this raise my risk of colon cancer?  Does location matter?  I'm only 42!

Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology ? Lipoma, mucocele , carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum . The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Small lesion near cecum which needs CT scan. Colonscoopy last year did not have this. Bright blood, Hemoriods found in both colonscoppies. Cancer?

Small lesion near cecum which needs CT scan. Colonscoopy last year did not have this. Bright blood, Hemoriods found in both colonscoppies. Cancer?

A consideration: Cecal lesions identified on colonoscopy really need confirmation. If something is confirmed (not always the case) it might be a benign polyp, a fecolith (solidified stool), or a small cancer. The bright red blood isn't particularly concerning for a cecal cancer as it is likely due to the diagnosed hemorrhoids. Follow your doctor's recommendations for work up with CT scan/other tests. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a colon resection for colon cancer and now have a ostomy. I'm having problems and a barium enema shows filing of the cecum. What would cause thi?

I had a colon resection for colon cancer and now have a ostomy. I'm having problems and a barium enema shows filing of the cecum. What would cause thi?

I"m confused: If you have a colostomy, and barium is injected into it, the cecum (the first part of the colon in the rlq) should fill. Now, if the barium is injected into your rectal stump and the barium fills, then there's a tract (fistula) between the rectal stump and the cecum, which is not normal. This should be discussed with the operating surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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