Top 20 Doctor insights on: What is difference between colonoscopy and lower gi

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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

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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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63 year-old woman still has continuous mild stomach pain affecting her daily life, despite 3 yrs of medical treatment for gastritis found after.....?

63 year-old woman still has continuous mild stomach pain affecting her daily life, despite 3 yrs of medical treatment for gastritis found after.....?

Interesting: From your treatment so far it looks like that you have had a good workup. Two things may have been overlooked like your diet, your emotional situation. Your obesity might indicate irritating and poor choice of foods. Snoring might indicate restless sleep that may indicate an ear, nose & throat problem or a psychiatric problem. Please consult with your family physician. & see him/her for a referral to a psychologist. ...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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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

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