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I am 31 i had my first colonoscopy in february of this year, is there any chance that tumors or polyps can appear soon after? It was negative!

I am 31 i had my first colonoscopy in february of this year, is there any chance that tumors or polyps can appear soon after? It was negative!

Depends...: Depends on--genetics (is there an underlying polyposis syndrome); the skill of your colonoscopist & the quality of your colon preparation; risk reduction (eat more fiber, less fat, watch your weight); predisposing factors (crohn's colitis, ulcerative colitis), age (incidence of polyps increases with age), more. That being said, a negative exam at age 31 offers opportunity for polyp prevention. ...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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I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy. Can you tell me the cause?

I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy.  Can you tell me the cause?

Inflammation: It would help to know how long this has been going on, but I can give you some generalities. The scope itself can cause irritation or very minor injury; the lubricant may be something your skin is sensitive to; you may have some hemorrhoids that the scope caused to "act up." Generally, doctors schedule a follow up to discuss the results. I recommend you bring this up at that time. ...Read more

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My mother just had a polyp removed during her colonoscopy. She was 10 years past due when she finally had her first. Am I still higher risk?

My mother just had a polyp removed during her colonoscopy. She was 10 years past due when she finally had her first. Am I still higher risk?

No: If she was 60 and the 1 polyp was found, you are still recommended for colonoscopy at age 50. If you have 2 first degree relatives with colorectal cancer or with advanced polyps or if your mom was less than 60 and the polyp was advanced or colorectal cancer then you would need colonoscopy starting at age 40 and every 5 years thereafter. ...Read more

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It's safe a colonoscopy on a 4 year old kid?

It's safe a colonoscopy on a 4 year old kid?

If necessary.: If this procedure is deemed necessary, and is performed by an experienced Pediatric Gastroenterologist with the appropriate (sterilized) equipment, along with an Anesthesiologist experienced in working with children this young, we would presume this procedure to be safe. ...Read more

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Why would my gasteroenterologist want me to get a colonoscopy every year?

Ask him/her!: Unless you have inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis(where there is a risk of developing colon cancer) there is no other condition which requires annual colonoscopy. For screening for colon cancer in healthy people we recommend it to be done every 5 years to every 10 years. So ask your gastroenterologist why he/she is doing it so frequently? ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy and they noted prominent lymphoid aggregates what does this represent 25 year old male?

Had a colonoscopy and they noted prominent lymphoid aggregates what does this represent    25 year old male?

Why scope?: It depends on why the scope was done at that age....which is unusual. Lymphoid aggregation represent chronic inflammation of viral/immunologic disorder. ...Read more