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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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What percentage of colonoscopy screenings end up damaging or perforating the colon? 1/1000? 1/2000?

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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Can many months of cdif & tx make your colon more likely to perforate from colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy after its cured (test ok & no sx)?

Can many months of cdif & tx make your colon more likely to perforate from colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy after its cured (test ok & no sx)?

Depends : An inflamed colon is at higher risk of complications during colonoscopy as it tends to be thicker, more blood flow, and less flexible. If your colon has recovered from for C difficle colitis then your risk is back to normal. If you have been chronically ill and you are malnourished as a result you will have a slightly increased risk as well as a decreased ability to recover from a complication. ...Read more

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Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Colon Cleanses: Can be dangerous but the preps used for colonoscopies are safe and very low risk when used as instructed by your endoscopist.
Otc colon cleanses are a hype and taking advantage of gullible patients and pose potential of damage to the cells lining your colon. Best way to keep colon clear is to eat a healthy high fiber doet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine/alcohol free fluid daily and save your mone. ...Read more

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Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain

Probably: Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy 17 months ago could the symptoms previously mentioned still be colon cancer?

I had a colonoscopy 17 months ago could the symptoms previously mentioned still be colon cancer?

unlikely Dx: Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope , you have an attack of diverticulits . See your doctor for examination , reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics , if perforates will be a surgical emergency ...Read more

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Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Both: Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time.Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office. ...Read more

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Recent colonoscopy revealed - patch mucosal congestion. Any medicine/diet advise please? Symptoms are intermittent tightness ascending colon.

Recent colonoscopy revealed - patch mucosal congestion. Any medicine/diet advise please? Symptoms are intermittent tightness ascending colon.

I would think the: description "patch mucosal congestion" would be an incidental, benign finding. It suggests a little swelling and perhaps prominent blood vessel in a small portion of the colon lining. This would not cause any symptoms, certainly not "tightness" in the colon (which I don't think you can feel). General colon cancer prevention is avoiding red/processed meats, refined grains/sugars, adding fiber. ...Read more

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I am 43, based on my many symptoms and years of chronic constipation, would be wise to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? My grandad had colon cancer

I am 43, based on my many symptoms and years of  chronic constipation, would be wise to have a endoscopy and colonoscopy? My grandad had colon cancer

Yes: Talk to you primary care provider. Ask for a colonoscopy. If you get resistance talk to your health insurance company. You will get peace of mind from the scope. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Would a sigmoidoscopy show details or info like a colonoscopy and a endoscopy ? Still have bad stomach symptoms. Got a colon and endo done still pain

Would a sigmoidoscopy show details or info like a colonoscopy and a endoscopy ? Still have bad stomach symptoms. Got a colon and endo done still pain

Scopy: of the colon and specially the sigmoid colon and the anus is generally done to rule out lesions of the lower colon specially if there is unexplained abdominal pain or rectal bleeding or change in your bowel movements
to rule out lesions like malignancy
I am sure you physician is worried about the status of your colon and will then treat your abdominal pain ...Read more

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I have IBS and these symptoms: diahreea, pain in belly, pain in colon, itchy bottom.Did a colonoscopy more than a year ago, should I have another one?

I have IBS and these symptoms: diahreea, pain in belly, pain in colon, itchy bottom.Did a colonoscopy more than a year ago, should I have another one?

Rome 3 criteria: Ibs is associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gasiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may be a factor. 1st rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection (as with colonoscopy), then ibs is diagnosed with "certainty" unless risks change. ...Read more

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How likely is colon cancer in 31 year old? Doc said if CT Normal for RUQ pain then colonoscopy next. Is this necessary? No other symptoms

How likely is colon cancer in 31 year old? Doc said if CT Normal for RUQ pain then colonoscopy next. Is this necessary? No other symptoms

Perhaps not?: Generally speaking, a 31 year old patient with RUQ pain is unlikely to need a colonoscopy, especially if a CT is normal. It would be rare indeed for colon cancer to be causing these symptoms at your age. I assume you've had a normal abdominal ultrasound. If you haven't had an ultrasound that would be the first test to do before a CT. An online consultation at Health Tap might be helpful. ...Read more

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Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs.Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks.Symptoms are chronic diarreah.Pain.Gas.Weight loss which i gain back.

Sure I have colon cancer but dr says likely ibs.Having colonoscopy in 3 weeks.Symptoms are chronic diarreah.Pain.Gas.Weight loss which i gain back.

Patience : I hope you are wrong and there is no cancer but even if so, 3 weeks would not affect the outcome. I know waiting can be hard but try to gather all your optimism during the waiting period. Again, i truly hope there is no cancer there. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, i can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, i can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

NO it is not: You have colonoscopy , as per your info. Did not show cancer so you don't have it , why worry? . Now your constipation could be easily managed by high fibre diet lots of vegetables and fruits , less meat and plenty of water at your age of 24 rarely need any medications you will be fine speak to your doctor and go for follow up. ...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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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?

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?

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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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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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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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy necessary? If so, will a colon CT suffice?

Is a colonoscopy necessary? If so, will a colon CT suffice?

Not the same: These are not the same. Colonoscopy is the introduction of a probe through the anal orifice to visualize the colon walls and obtain samples of suspicious lesions. The colon ct is the image reconstruction of the colon. It means that you need to be exposed to big amounts of radiation to obtain the image (less defined), but if you have a lesion you won't have a biopsy: you will need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Grandmother died of colon cancer in her 70s. Granddaughter has had 3 clean colonoscopies in her 50 s. How often should I be screened?

Yes, over 50 : Every one over 50 years should undergo colonoscopy. If there is a history of colon cancer in the family, it can be done earlier. The biggest discomfort is the bowel prep to get ready for test. If you don't want a colonoscopy , it can be done by ct scans and performing virtual colonoscopy. Early colon cancer usually begins as a polyp and is curable. Colonoscopy is generally repeated every 5 years. ...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. Milton Alvis, jr
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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