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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Colonoscopy And Sigmoid Test

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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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Colonoscopy 9 years ago .Marked turtuousity of the sigmoid and a redundant loop , scope could not be passed further. Any tec improvements last 9 years?

Advanced endoscopy: Yes, technology has advanced. Additionally, you should seek out an advanced endoscopist. These gastroenterologists have expertise in performing difficult colonoscopies or other similar procedures. ...Read more

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Rectal sweating for 1yr. Be ts confirms diverticula in sigmoid colon, colonoscopy shows no masses, blockages etc.Could it be a helminthic condition?

Rectal sweating for 1yr. Be ts confirms
diverticula in sigmoid colon, colonoscopy shows no masses, blockages etc.Could it be
a helminthic condition?

Do you mean mucous?: Anal discharge is most likely proctitis, seborrhea or anal fissure. Have you been cleared of std? Helminthic infections usually do not have rectal discharge. A stool test for ova and parasites and blood work could rule out a parasitic infestation. Colonoscopy may well have identified them as well. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed erythematous mucosa in sigmoid colon. Dr said it is probably from C.diff which I had about 5 months earlier. Should I be worried?

Colonoscopy showed erythematous mucosa in sigmoid colon. Dr said it is probably from C.diff which I had about 5 months earlier. Should I be worried?

Any symptoms?: Do not be concerned about the finding you mentioned. If you do not have any symptoms, let it be. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Would a colonoscopy note moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon?And could this diverticular be causing obscure GI bleeding?

Would a colonoscopy note moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon?And could this diverticular be causing obscure GI bleeding?

Yes & no: A colonoscopy could certainly detect moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon however diverticulosis almost never a cause of obscure GI bleeding. It is usually overt & very obvious especially when coming from the sigmoid colon. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy last week. They found erythematous mucosa in the sigmoid and several areas of raised inflammation in ileum. What could cause that?

I had a colonoscopy last week. They found erythematous mucosa in the sigmoid and several areas of raised inflammation in ileum. What could cause that?

Might: Not be anything or it could represent inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's. They should have done biopsies so the path reports should provide more information allowing proper therapy to be initiated if necessary. ...Read more

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Doc could not complete colonoscopy due to severe angulation in sigmoid and thickened colon had anesthesia. Any future problem?What next?

Doc could not complete colonoscopy due to severe angulation in sigmoid and thickened colon  had anesthesia.  Any future problem?What next?

Sounds complicated: Given your history, it sounds very complicated! recovering from a perforated colon, a colonoscopy is good to help get answers. There are very advanced docs who do colonoscopies with special equipment. It might be worth getting a referral to someone with more specialized training and tools who can try to navigate. ...Read more