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When would you use an upper/lower GI series instead of endoscopy/colonoscopy?

When would you use an upper/lower GI series instead of endoscopy/colonoscopy?

Too sick: If you were too sick for the 2 procedures i.e. Severe end-stage COPD would put you at risk for the sedation or severe blood abnormalities in which case the non-invasiveness of both GI series would make those 2 tests more attractive. Also, sometimes endoscopes are not physically able to be performed due to anatomical variations. Gi aries could get around this problem. ...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


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Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Best see GP: Sometimes situations like this one require a broader, more holistic perspective, such as what you would get from your pediatrician, internist or gp. Check out your concerns with your generalist. ...Read more

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Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis. Constant pain in lower abdomen since. Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Sigmoid removed in 2012 for diverticulitis. Constant pain in lower abdomen since. Ct and colonoscopy normal. Gi says IBS but had for years. Not IBS pain?

Discuss with GI MD: We can not answer without knowing more details of the cause of your sigmoid colon to be removed, the pain may be related to the underlying condition and even with normal cat scan you may need further testing like colonoscopy?
So I will suggest you consult your gastroenterologist for your stabbing/dull pain. ...Read more

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My husband has been in and out of hospitals he's had a colonoscopy and an upper GI he is vomiting green bile stomach pain lower leftand weight loss?

My husband has been in and out of hospitals he's had a colonoscopy and an upper GI he is vomiting green bile stomach pain lower leftand weight loss?

Call doc: If the vomiting started again, and he can;t keep anything down, call his doc or head to the ER if nothing is working to stop it. Later, consider a second opinion if you both are not happy with the information currently given you. ...Read more

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He's had upper GI colonoscopy cat scn X rays no diagnosis vomiting green bile left lower stomach pain and weight loss. Doctors don't know what's wrong?

He's had upper GI colonoscopy cat scn X rays no diagnosis vomiting green bile left lower stomach pain and weight loss. Doctors don't know what's wrong?

Keep pursuing: Hi. I'm sorry. He sounds sick. The fact that nothing diagnostic has been done yet rules out certain things, which lets the diagnostician consider other causes and what to do next. Something will eventually turn up, or the problem will resolve itself. Good luck to him. ...Read more

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Is a GI test the same as haveing a colonoscopy test

Is a GI test the same as haveing a colonoscopy test

Not really: Gi test can include colonoscopy. It includes a whole gamut of testing.
Colonoscopy, endoscopy, barium enema, barium swallow are some of them. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to colonoscopies to diagnose GI problems?

Are there any alternatives to colonoscopies to diagnose GI problems?

Yes, but...: There are alternatives to the colonoscopy, such at ct colonography, which utilizes a ct scan to look at your colon.

However, for GI problems, depending on symptomatology, one might need an upper endoscopy, upper GI study with small bowel follow through, pill endoscopy, or transit time studies. Make sure you are evaluated by your physician who can help you decide which test would be best. ...Read more

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Is it standard/ok to have an upper GI and colonoscopy at the same time?

Is it standard/ok to have an upper GI and colonoscopy at the same time?

Yes: It certainly acceptable to undergo both an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy at the same date and venue (location). ...Read more

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Why are GI docs not using movi-prep anymore for colonoscopies?

Not true: My endoscopy center uses movi prep exclusively for out open access colonoscopy patients. It usually ends up being a personal preference of the endoscopist/endo center. ...Read more

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How long after Colonoscopy with biopsy will my GI trac get back to normal?

Your gi tract: Should be back to normal when the laxatives have left the system, usually within 1 day of the study. If not, contact your gi doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How soon after my colonoscopy (fro possible blockage) should my GI that did the procedure see me?

How soon after my colonoscopy (fro possible blockage) should my GI that did the procedure see me?

No way to know: There is no set time for follow up after a colonoscopy. It depends on why the procedure was done and what was found at the time. If you have any doubts you should just call your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Saw GI for positive iFOB test who scheduled upperGI/colonoscopy. Given that I'm young, I don't see why this is necessary unless things worsen?

You should proceed: If this is your doctor's recommendation. Likelihood of finding a pathological condition that requires treatment is low b/c of your age, but it is not zero. ...Read more

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Dr. Chao: diagnosed 10 years ago. Yes seen by a gi, as I said medicated, also by gi. Colonoscopy 3 weeks ago confirmed active flare. Sorry I even asked?

But then you got: The flu which could mean your flare is even worse. The colonoscopy sees only the insides of your colon not the outside. In crohns the inflammation can involve your colon through the wall and into the mesentery. If you feel you are getting worse then what I said was true. Go see your doctor... And let them evaluate you. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy may 12. Ab pain that shoots to pelv flr (sporadic). Gyno said GI. Colonoscopy said no. GI says fibro. Next step?

Hysterectomy may 12. Ab pain that shoots to pelv flr (sporadic). Gyno said GI. Colonoscopy said no. GI says fibro. Next step?

IBS from adhesions?: ? about 6 months since 40 yo had hysterectomy & now "shooting" abdominal pains; surgeon says is "GI" & Gastroenterologist says "fibromyalgia" (FM)! Intra-pelvic/abdominal adhesions commonly evolve months after surgery of these regions. Concomitant symptoms same as IBS; oft part of FM symptom constellation. Bentyl (dicyclomine) being used. Cannabis might help. Avoid further surgery, which might escalate problem. ...Read more

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Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy simultaneously?

Yes sometimes needed: It can be done at the same time (different scopes!). by performing both, you get anesthesia only once but get two procedures done, minimizing risks of future anesthesias. This is only done if both are medically needed (regardless of physician reimbursement), no need to do them always together. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy and it was normal biopsy showed non specific colitis. GI told it was normal finding. What do you think?

I agree, but...: If you still have some symptoms from your colon, like bleeding or frequent bowel motion, you may need a follow up colonoscopy which can help determine whether your colon has changed for better or worse. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy and it was normal, biopsy taken and it showed, non specific colitis. GI told its vague term not To be worry. What does it mean?

Had a colonoscopy and it was normal, biopsy taken and it showed, non specific colitis. GI told its vague term not To be worry. What does it mean?

Consult pathologist: It may be useful to talk to the pathologist who examined the biopsy. Preferably both you and your doctor should have a conversation with the pathologist together. ...Read more

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My GI thinks that I have Crohn's disease so I am having a colonoscopy. What are the risks of perforation?? I'm only 20. Can I have it with no sedation

Colonoscopy: These days, colonoscopy is a very safe procedure. Colon perforation occurs in only 0.05% of the procedures, on average. Although it is possible to undergo a colonoscopy without sedation, it can be uncomfortable in that setting, and I don't recommend trying it. The sedation is very safe and easy. If your doctor think you may have Crohn's disease, you should not skip the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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My GI specialist found "small pimple like blood blisters" on colonoscopy, what could they be?

Colonoscopy: You know the best person to ask is the guy who did the test. You probably were too medicated when he came out to talk about the test and your significant other didn't remember all the technical terms. Give his office a call and find out. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy in 2012, showed colitis but the biopsies were normal. What does that mean? Waiting for referral to another GI for second opinion still sic

Colonoscopy in 2012, showed colitis but the biopsies were normal. What does that mean? Waiting for referral to another GI for second opinion still sic

Non specific: By your description, you did have some non-specific colitis, which just means some inflammation of the lining of the colon. You, fortunately, do not appear to have ulcerative colitis or crohn's colitis, but you have persistent symptoms, nonetheless. I certainly agree with a follow up scope and/or another opinion. Hydrate, eat healthy, avoid stress, and get your rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gallbladddr has been gone 3 yrs. 4mnths ago had bad stress have dirreah every meal Have lost 15lbs. Had a uppr GI & colonoscopy today showed nothing?

See primary/GI doc: Chronic diarrhea & wgt loss warrants more work up. Rule out lactose intolerance (common), gluten sensitivity or celiac, food allergy, bacterial overgrowth, hyperthyroidism, bile salt diarrhea, pancreatic insufficency, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Happy to consult but do 2-6wk trial off all milk and milk products, no caffeine or artificial sugars, and increase fiber intake eg psyllium ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more