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Two-days post colonoscopy and still very bloated and no appetite. Long, tortuous colon so is this normal?

Two-days post colonoscopy and still very bloated and no appetite. Long, tortuous colon so is this normal?

May be: Depends.....it should be better by now. Some may need time. Some times improper instrument cleaning can introduce/cause infection. If bx/resection ofpolyp is done it may contribute. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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I had a rough colonoscopy/EGD on thursday because of a tortuous colon. Still experiencing cramping bloating and no BM yet should I be concerned?

I had a rough colonoscopy/EGD on thursday because of a tortuous colon. Still experiencing cramping bloating and no BM yet should I be concerned?

Maybe. Give GI a call: Gastroenterologists do describe "colonic redundancy" &/or "tortuosity" as a colonic anatomic variant that makes performing colonoscopy technically more challenging. In such cases, there may be considerable looping & coiling by the colon, that may not translate into colon dysfunction. Such variation can be seen in laxative users, when significant fibrosis/adhesions distort colon, some body types. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a "tortuous colon" via oral barium CT scan & colonoscopy; have very distended abbdomen, pain, etc. What to do?

Diagnosed with a "tortuous colon" via oral barium CT scan & colonoscopy; have very distended abbdomen, pain, etc. What to do?

High fiber diet: The elongated colon may need help from a high fiber diet. Avoiding foods and medications that cause constipation is also important. Ask your doctor if there are other issues that may need to be addressed, as the tortuous colon may not be the explanation for your current complaints. ...Read more

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Should I feel tired 2 days after colon colonoscopy?

Should I feel tired 2 days after colon colonoscopy?

You might.: If your colonoscopy was performed under sedation, some people occasionally feel a "hangover" effect a day later. However, this is unusual, and would more likely be related to lack of sleep from taking your bowel prep. Propofol anesthesia is very short-acting, and would not be an issue. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Mostly yes: In preparing for colonoscopy ist is necessary that the bowel be relatively clean so that small lesions can be recognized and biopsied if necessary. As such bowel prep is employed. In essence colonoscopy not performed without a prep. Colon cleansing is also a term employed to cleanse the bowel which has impacted with feces and a high colonic enema is used for cleansing. ...Read more

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Help please! Is air injected into the colon during a colonoscopy?

Help please! Is air injected into the colon during a colonoscopy?

Yes: Colonoscopies generally require slight insufflation of air into the colon... This distends it and allows your doctor to look for polyps. This distension may cause some discomfort which is why most patients get sedated for the procedure. Your doctor generally will try to release all the gas at the end of the procedure so you don't feel too bloated! ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy, said I have a twisted colon what does that mean?

Had a colonoscopy, said I have a twisted colon what does that mean?

Tortuous colon: Were they able to finish the exam? Sometimes it can make it difficult enough not to be able to get through. Unlikely to cause any issues for you though - just make sure your BMs stay regular. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopy preps essentially the same thing as a colon cleanse?

No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that. ...Read more

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How soon after a colonoscopy would you have symptoms if your colon was perforated?

How soon after a colonoscopy would you have symptoms if your colon was perforated?

Need to get checked: Usually a perforation is evident very early in recovery after the procedure, but occasionally if a polyp has been removed perforation can happen within a few days afterwards. Bottom line is that if you are concerned or are having symptoms, you should definitely call your gastroenterologist's office, because the risks could be serious. ...Read more

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Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Very rare: Cysts of the colon are extremely rare. Most when found are in the mesentery or supportive structure of the bowel. in even rarer instances as with polyps detected by colonoscopy, lymphatic cysts that have developed and appear in region where polyps found are removed by colonoscopy. They are rare, benign and reportable when found. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Can you tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Polyps: colon polyps, there are many types, most of them benign. Some are called hyperplastic polyps (completely benign), others are tubular adenomas (pre-cancerous), etc. ...Read more

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What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

Colectomy??: Was this your first colonoscopy? Did you know of any polyps previously. A colon that contains literally hundreds of polyps (nodules) suggests a genetic syndrome - the problem being that any of these polyps could potentially be precancerous. You need to discuss this with your gastroenterologist right away, as you may need to have the colon removed. ...Read more

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Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Developed diverticulitis following colonoscopy. First time ever had it. Colon now messed up. Chance of diverticulitis happening again?

Close observation: One risk associated with an elective colonoscopy is a perforation. A plain xray of your abdomen when symptoms start after procedure can help diagnose. It would be difficult to tell the difference from diverticulitis. Recurrance risk will also depend on status of diverticular disease. ...Read more

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Colon cance free for 10 years six yrs ago the colonoscopy found some polyps that were ok Friday having exam do I have a greater chance for polyps?

Colon cance free for 10 years six yrs ago the colonoscopy found some polyps that were ok Friday having exam do I have a greater chance for polyps?

Slightly higher: From the time a polyp forms until becoming cancer usually takes 10 years. As long as you keep having colonoscopy by a thorough physician (ADR above 20) you should never get colon cancer. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and my dr. Said I have scarring in my colon. No surgeries or injuries. Why the scarring?

I had a colonoscopy and my dr. Said I have scarring in my colon. No surgeries or injuries. Why the scarring?

Information: You should discuss that with who did the colonoscopy. There may be several different reasons. Most commonly it is related to some inflammatory condition, or possible previous surgery. ...Read more

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How much of the colon is examined during a colonoscopy?

How much of the colon is examined during a colonoscopy?

All of it!: The intention with colonoscopy is to examine the entire length of the colon. Sometimes due to tortuosity (or twisty-ness), it is difficult or impossible to see the entire colon. Other ways to evaluate the colon include virtual colonoscopy and barium enema. The advantage of colonoscopy is if anything is found, it can be biopsied or removed often times right away. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have a very strong pain near the end of the colon. Colonoscopy and ecography negative. I had vph in the past. What can I do?

May need a CRS eval: Seems like the GI doc has already ruled out colonic issues. You may have what they call rectal spasms. There are treatments for this to ease the discomfort. Head back to your pcp to discuss, but they may refer you to a crs, also know as a colorectal surgeon. They can make further recommendations if needed. Take care! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colon MRI and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a colon MRI and a colonoscopy?

Scan vs. Scope: An MRI of abdomen/pelvis is a scan utilized to visualize the content of the abdominal cavity including colon. It will depict the external features of the bowel and unless there is an extensive lesion distorting the bowel structure and content, the luminal (phenobarbital) structures are not visualized. This can only be appreciated with scoping of the lumen of the colon with a colonoscope ...Read more

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Is it safe to do a colon cleanse even though I'm not having a colonoscopy?

If free, enjoy it..: If it is free and you enjoy it.........go ahead. It has no medical benefit. ...Read more

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After colonoscopy they founnd inflamed colon and red patches what doese this mean?

After colonoscopy they founnd inflamed colon and red patches what doese this mean?

Colitis...: Inflammation and red patches (erythema) are hallmarks of colitis. The causes of colitis are many and include infection, ibd (inflammatory bowel disease), circulatory problems and drugs. Sometimes even the laxative bowel prep for colonoscopy can induce these changes. Biopsy of the lining of the colon during colonoscopy can often determine the cause and dictate proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can colonoscopy see if there is functional damage to the colon, sphincter, and anus?

Can colonoscopy see if there is functional damage to the colon, sphincter, and anus?

No: On passage of a colonoscope, the visual end of the scope is at a point past the sphincter and anus. Here digital exam and proctoscope give the best approach to examining and visualizing the sphincter and anal canal. ...Read more

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What could redness and inflamed areas of colon indicate on colonoscopy? Biopsies were taken.

What could redness and inflamed areas of colon indicate on colonoscopy? Biopsies were taken.

Redness suggests..: ..more vascularity or blood vessels. These often accompany infection or inflammation. Microscopic evaluation of the biopsied tissue will determine whether they is a sufficient amount and type of inflammation to make the diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's Disease. Cultures for infection may have also been taken, and cancer cells will be looked for (unlikely). ...Read more

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What percentage of colonoscopy screenings end up damaging or perforating the colon? 1/1000? 1/2000?

Very low: For screening colonoscopies the rate of serious complications is generally less than 0.1%. The rate is higher if polyps are removed and the rate also goes up with age of the patient. The rate is lower for doctors who do a lot of them, ie, gastroenterologists. ...Read more

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Child had colonoscopy done which showed some prominent lymphoid tissue in the descending colon. What does this mean?

Child had colonoscopy done which showed some prominent lymphoid tissue in the descending colon. What does this mean?

Inflammation: Prominent lymph tissue usually signals some type of inflammation. Deciding what is causing the inflammation is the more difficult aspect here. It could be post-infectious (after a viral GI infection), could be a more systemic infection like mono, could be allergies/food sensitivities....The list goes on. Need to work closely with peds GI to determine if clinically significant and identify cause. ...Read more

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My friend takes cleanse more every nite for constipation. Her colonoscopy showed a black, stained colon. Is this physiologically dangerous?

My friend takes cleanse more every nite for constipation. Her colonoscopy showed a black, stained colon. Is this physiologically dangerous?

NO: Melanosis coli - basically black colon. This is a result of chronic laxative abuse. It causes an alligator or snake like looking mucosa. The good news is that it's a benign condition. ...Read more

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I've been entirely emptied out in order for the colonoscopy to work. So how will he see my colon if I can't even be emptied out by the colonoscopy laxative?

I've been entirely emptied out in order for the colonoscopy to work. So how will he see my colon if I can't even be emptied out by the colonoscopy laxative?

You may need more: You may need more laxatives to liquify your stool. If you don't have bowel movements with the laxative, it is unlikely your gastroenterologist will be able to do a good exam ...Read more

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Do I need to just go to the hospital and be seen? I am a 51 year old white male. I had a colonoscopy 6 years ago after having a difficulty with my colon where it was said that on my left side it had been 'kinked", which is where I am now experincing a du

Do I need to just go to the hospital and be seen? I am a 51 year old white male. I had a colonoscopy 6 years ago after having a difficulty with my colon where it was said that on my left side it had been 'kinked", which is where I am now experincing a du

A: A real serious concern for someone with a history like yours would be bowel obstruction. For the future if you experience any of the following:
abdominal pain (crampy in nature) that usually comes and goes
nausea
vomiting
diarrhea
constipation
inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement
abdominal distention
please seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer removable by a colonoscopy?

Is colon cancer removable by a colonoscopy?

Possibly: We believe most colon cancers progress through a polyp stage. Polyp simply means growth and can be any size or configuration but can be small. Early on a cancer can still be partly a polyp and be removed during colonoscopy. They still need to be evaluated and treated as a cancer however, and it does not necessarily mean the cancer is cured by just removing it as a cancerous polyp. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more