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CAT scan of belly revealed colon wall thickening and I have been having awful belly pain. What does that mean? Cancer? Infection? Inflamation?

CAT scan of belly revealed colon wall thickening and I have been having awful belly pain. What does that mean? Cancer? Infection? Inflamation?

Impossible to say: From just the CT scan. cancer would be uncommon in a 27 year old, but not out of the question. You need to put the findings (colon wall thickening) in context with what is going on clinically. Also, how long is the segment of wall thickening? Cancer usually is only involving a relatively short segment. Infection or inflammation can commonly affect a longer segment. Best wishes!

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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What are the symptoms of thickening of colon wall?

What are the symptoms of thickening of colon wall?

Maybe none: How was this thickening found? CT scan finding could see colon thickening of no consequence. May need colonoscopy to check significance if there is any concern.

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Had a colonic (years also too)worried that shouldn't! feel fine but if damaged colon wall how soon would I know? Or how soon for any other damage?

In the future...: If I understand, a while ago you had a colonic, & now you're worried about it. I can reassure you that if you had any significant complications from it, you would've known right away. The more insidious issues from this worthless & dangerous procedure is what it can do to your normal bacterial flora. But if you have long since resumed a healthy, varied diet, that should be ok. Lesson learned.

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Hello sir, my mother, is 65, and has diagnosed with a tranverse colon wall thickness 5mm, ultrasound scanning done, is it normal, what is the treatment?

Treatment: Depends on diagnosis. So far, you only have thickness, but this could be infection or tumor. Ask her doctor if she needs to have colonoscopy for more accurate diagnosis.

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Colon wall thick on cat scan, feeling awful for three months. Weak belly pains losing weight pallet count high. I think I have an infection?

Colon wall thick on cat scan, feeling awful for three months. Weak belly pains losing weight pallet count high. I think I have an infection?

Get seen.: Hello, I am sorry you are not feeling well. A thicken colon wall seen an CT scan can be a sign of colitis. This could be due to an infection or an inflammatory bowel disease. You need to get seen and have this evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Take care and get seen.

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Evidence of mild wall thickening in descending colon, maximum thickness is 5.8 mm. What does it mean & is it a cause to worry? Is it related to cancer

Evidence of mild wall thickening in descending colon, maximum thickness is 5.8 mm. What does it mean & is it a cause to worry? Is it related to cancer

Doubtful finding: It depends on why you had your Colon checked? So tell us your complete medical history and also what type of test was done which showed the colon wall thickening? . Any imaging study that shows slight/mild changes is of doubtful significance. So we have to rely more on your symptoms. Unless you have belly pain or problems with your bowel movements, you can ignore this finding.

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What does equivocal wall thickening of sigmoid colon and proximal rectum mean?

What does equivocal wall thickening of sigmoid colon and proximal rectum mean?

Maybe thickened: The wall of the bottom part of your colon might be a little thick but it isn't certain. What that means is there may be evidence of inflamed tissue when the wall of the colon is measured but a normal colon is sometimes the same thickness. Most likely further tests will be needed, such as a colonoscopy. That will be a decision made by you doctor based on the clinical situation.

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Abdomen CT result. Annular constricting lesion suspected in descending colon. Extending 3 to 4 cm. Associated wall thickening. Does this mean cancer?

Abdomen CT result. Annular constricting lesion suspected in descending colon. Extending 3 to 4 cm. Associated wall thickening. Does this mean cancer?

Suspicous: This certainly sounds suspicious for cancer, but you should be followed up by your gastroenterologist for endoscopic biopsy or referred to a GI surgeon to be sure.

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What does a thickened colon mean?

It means that. ..: The walls of your colon (the last part of your bowel - usually goes around the outer part of the abdomen) has a thick wall. Remember this a tube... Thickening makes the inside smaller. Infection, inflammation and even cancer can cause it. It is usually seen on ct, MRI or even colonoscopy. You should have you doctor narrow the possibility list.

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Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

Can you get colon cancer from wall thickening?

No: Causes of wall thickening are usually inflammation. Still, you should continue to be checked until the thickening disappears.

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I would like more information on results from a ct that showed GI circumferential wall thickening and mild enhancement throughout the entire colon?

I would like more information on results from a ct that showed GI circumferential wall thickening and mild enhancement throughout the entire colon?

Your doctor is your: Your doctor can be your best guide. He must have ordered this test because of some suspicion based on your GI tract function or malfunction. Thickness of wall of the colon usually means inflammation but it is not diagnostic. A colonoscopy is a better way to determine what may be going on inside the lining of your colon.

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I had a CT scan to look for thickening of the wall of my colon. Scan showed no thickening but a contracted gallbladder after fasting. What's the tx?

Unless you have: Symptoms suggesting gallbladder disease I would do nothing. The gallbladder can contract by just drinking some water so a contracted one alone is of doubtful significance. Ultrasound can be used to look for gallstones should there be some need for further evaluation and hepatobiliary scans can look for abnormal gallbladder filling and emptying in patients with suspected gallbladder dysfunction.

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I had a CT scan with result: diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid colon. Is this serious?

I had a CT scan with result: diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid colon. Is this serious?

You need a diagnosis: Diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid can be caused by diverticulosis, which is benign. It can be caused by inflammation (colitis) or ischemia, which is more serious. It can also be caused by cancer. You need to have this followed up to obtain a diagnosis.

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During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that there's nothing to worry. What could?

During radiation for colon cancer, there was a wall thickening of the bladder, but the doctor told my husband that there's nothing to worry. What could?

Depends: Bladder thickening may be nothing but should probably be investigated further. A few details would help: what was the stage and location of the colon cancer? What kind of surgery did he have? If it was rectal cancer (most likely since he got radiation) did he also get chemotherapy and was it given with radiation, after surgery, before surgery or all? Does he have any urinary bleeding or burning?

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Can multiple abdominal surgeries be one cause of thickening colon walls? Up endoscopy clear, colonoscopy & breath test ok, ct shows thickening.

Can multiple abdominal surgeries be one cause of thickening colon walls? Up endoscopy clear, colonoscopy & breath test ok, ct shows thickening.

Shouldn't: Multiple surgeries shouldn't be the cause of thickening of the wall of the colon, especially if it's the entire colon. POssibilities include infection, low blood flow (ischemia), and inflammatory bowel disease to name a few. Hope this helps!

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Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Yes: While fat within the intestinal wall is often thought of as a reliable marker for inflammatory bowel disease, studies have shown that in the absence of clinical or other radiologic evidence of inflammatory bowel disease, the presence of fat in the intestinal wall may represent a normal finding. There is also thought to be some association with obesity.

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Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Need colonoscopy: Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described.

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