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Colonoscopy 4 and 9yr ago neg. Parent had colon ca. No hemoccult done til recent food poisoning; 1 is +. Is virtual or visual colonoscopy best? Feelok
Optical vs virtual: While both optical colonoscopy & CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) examine the lower GI tract, & both require inflation of the colon with air, the optical exam offers several potential advantages in your case where your risk of finding a lesion is high (due to family history & finding occult blood): it is performed sedated; it permits biopsies of inflamed tissue & permits removal of lesions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain radiating from tailbone+anus when sitting for 6wks. No visual sign. Reg colonoscopy+blood. Doc rec MRI. Another said waste of money. Thoughts?
US protocol for colonoscopy mention to get samples from bowel tissue even there is no visual problem. Is it right or not?
Not standard practic: I doubt that it is the US Protocol to biopsy normal looking mucosa unless there is a suspicion of some rare inflitrative illness (like Amyloidosis etc). If you do not have symptoms of colon origin, there would be little reason to biopsy normal looking mucosa. What are you searching for? If you can define that, we can guide you better. ...Read more
Pain between anus and tailbone. Pain shooting down veins in leg. Short of breath. Rcvd reg colonoscopy, vein and artery scan. No visual sign of cause.
Should questionmuscu: Would also question musculoskeletal. Veins don't conduct pain beauty feel thespian along their course. We would think of irritated never or muscles. It is important to know what makes it better and what makes it worse. Ask your gastroenterologist what else they think. Also look a nerve pinching of the sacral area. The vein studies will not help. ...Read more
Diagnosis/treatment: At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment. Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are many variations of "the prep", but in general you will need to restrict your diet to clear liquids the day before the procedure, and drink a prescribed preparation to wash out your colon the evening before and possibly the morning of the procedure. There may be other instructions for the avoidance of certain foods (seeds) for a few days in advance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Valid procedure: The purpose of colonoscopy is preventative, that is to define the presence of an early colon lesion, if present, before clinically symptomatic. Should be performed every 5 yrs starting at 40 y..o. and at a time when the bowel is properly cleansed with an a-gent such as Go-Lytley to assure the bowel can easily be examined. Should be carried out with light anesthesia so that procedure is painless. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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