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What Does A Colonoscopy Show
Cancer/ inflammation: Both cancer and noncancerous inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis can cause obstruction of the colon and symptoms associated with that obstruction. During colonoscopy, the obstruction will not allow the colon to distend properly allowing the operator to visualize the problem and biopsy any abnormality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anoscopy: An anoscope is a round piece of clear plastic that's used to look at the anus and first part of the rectum, think of it like the anal version of a vaginal speculum. It's used to look for diseases of the anus and rectum like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and rectal cancers. Anoscopy is only able to look a few inches into the rectum. If you are having anal pain or bleeding it is an appropriate test. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Indication 4 surgery: Cystoscope is a surgical procedure with risk. Before signing consent, have family with you to ask surgeon these questions. Understand your risk/benefit analysis. Typically the cystoscope allows views of the inside lining, not provided on ct and kub, with access to remove objects, place stent, take biopsy, make additional recommendations. Kub and ct may show obstruction, scope can correct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meningeal herniation: A meningocele is a protrusion of the meninges, outer lining of the brain or spinal cord, and contains csf, cerebrospinal fluid.They can be congenital or acquired, for example after surgery. Most are located in the lumbosacral region. A simple meningocele is usually not associated with other spinal abnormalities. ...Read more
What does it mean for a blood smear to show moderate polychromasia and moderate Schistocytes? Google doesn't give a good picture. :) Thanks
Worrisome: Look for something fragmenting the red blood cells. If the person isn't obviously sick with disseminated intravascular coagulation or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, perhaps they have an old-fashioned mechanical heart valve. Polychromasia should prompt a search for causes of hemolysis. The pathologist may want to review this slide. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Several things: An mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that can evaluate the pancreas (mass, pancreatitis), bile ducts (stones, abnormal size/appearance), gallbladder (stones, mass), and liver. It's most used to look for a stone in the common bile duct. In addition, other organs including the spleen, adrenals, kidneys, and stomach/bowel are identified. ...Read more
An esophagram shows: how food and fluids move through the esophagus and into the stomach. It is used to see gastroesophageal reflux and well as other esophageal motility or structural problems. It is an Xray study done after swallowing a contrast material, such as barium, sometimes instead of or preceding an endoscopy, which would involve being sedated. ...Read more
Very broad question: Ct scans are interpreted by radiologists, specially trained doctors who spend many years learning how to identify abnormalities on medical imaging studies, including ct scans. The radiologist knows in great detail what the body is supposed to look like on a ct scan and searches systematically for anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes abnormalities are obvious, but they can be very subtle. ...Read more
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