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What is the difference between endoscopy and colonoscopy?

What is the difference between endoscopy and colonoscopy?

The difference: Is usually endoscopy refers to an upper scoping procedure through the mouth, esophagus, stomach and first portion of your duodenum or small intestine. Colonoscopy evaluates the colon or large intestine and performed through the anus. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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What's the difference between a colonoscopy and an endoscopy?

What's the difference between a colonoscopy and an endoscopy?

Can be same: A colonoscopy is a form of endoscopy of the colon. There is also an upper endoscopy of the esophagus and stomach. Both use a lighted flexible scope to see the inside lining of the structure being examined. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a PillCam capsule endoscopy?

Direct vision vs. TV: In colonoscopy a scope is passed retrograde up the colon after cleansing with a bowel prep. Air inflation dilates the bowel to aid visualization. With the pill camera, the pill or capsule is swallowed and as it passes the pylorus to the small bowel, a TV image is transmitted to a camera and the passage of the pill is video copied to review any findings and visualize any small bowel lesions. ...Read more

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For colonoscopy prep kit what is the difference between propel body that says fiber and what can I eat before an endoscopy and a colonoscopy?

Discuss: Your prep with your endoscopist. Each doctor has his/her favorite preps and specific instructions regarding prep and fasting. ...Read more

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What is prescribed before a lower colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to flush your system out before the procedures? I'm due to have both very soon......

What is prescribed before a lower colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to flush your system out before the procedures? I'm due to have both very soon......

You must: Speak to the doctor or the staff, every one have their own way of bowel prep, if you are not adequately prepared the procedure will be incomplete or will be cancelled. Staff will have written instructions, eager to give you to get it done right, rather than rescheduling it again. Don't worry you will be fine ...Read more

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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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I have severe lower stomach bloating every night that is very painful. I've had and upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and scans that all came back normal!

I have severe lower stomach bloating every night that is very painful. I've had and upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and scans that all came back normal!

See your Ob/gyn: It appears you have had an extensive evaluation of your GI system. Lower abdominal pain can also be due to problems in the ovaries, tubes and uterus. This can be anatomical issues such as ovarian cysts or imbalances in the hormones. ...Read more

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Wife has colitis, colonoscopy removed non cancerous polyps. Now doing endoscopy due to pain in stomach & lower rib area. What could it be. Thx so much?

Wife has colitis, colonoscopy removed non cancerous polyps. Now doing endoscopy due to pain in stomach & lower rib area. What could it be. Thx so much?

Anything: Could be anything, such as gastritis, ulcers, injuries, or costocondritis, etc. Sx are very non-specific. However, it is prudent to perform an egd especially if abd pain persists. Egd is not a screening test in us. In asia country, egd is encouraged because of high risk of gastric ca there. Good luck. ...Read more

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Male, 55, having severe pain in lower abdomen after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong in colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy?

Male, 55, having severe pain in lower abdomen after passing hard stool. Pain lasts for hours. Nothing wrong in colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy?

? spastic colon: Your intestines could be spasming after passing hard stool. Ibs aka irritable bowel syndrome can cause cramping in the lower abdomen. It can be severe. Review your fiber intake and make dietary changes. Review your GI hygiene. Are you resisting the urge to go when your body gives you the cue? Go back to your dr and review the changes you made and if you are still experiencing pain there are meds. ...Read more

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Two lung nodules upper right lobe 5 and 2 one nodule lower left lobe 3 mm. All uncalcified. Colonoscopy endoscopy brain MRI normal. What are theseim26?

Two lung nodules upper right lobe 5 and 2 one nodule lower left lobe 3 mm. All uncalcified. Colonoscopy endoscopy brain MRI normal. What are theseim26?

R u smoker?: The absolute diagnosis of pulmonary nodules is done by a pathologist under microscopic examination. Otherwise speculative. Cat scan or pet scans are not microscopic examinations by a pathologist. If nodules become calcified most likely grannulomas. Carcinomas and grannulomas look alike early on. Close periodic f/u versus early excissional bx advised. Needle bx not DX unless cancer diagnosed. ...Read more

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Having green stool for couple of months. On n off Pain in lower right of abs. Colonoscopy n endoscopy with biopsy normal. What's going on? Have ext and int hemorrhoids. Blood in stool might from hem

Having green stool for couple of months. On n off Pain in lower right of abs. Colonoscopy n endoscopy with biopsy normal. What's going on? Have ext and int hemorrhoids. Blood in stool might from hem

See answer + comment: Although not enough information is provided to give you specific advise the following may be helpful: Green
stool indicates that your food is moving through your intestines more quickly than usual and not giving your bile a chance to turn the normal brown color. By itself, this is not a sign of a specific illness. Abdominal pain with normal studies may be due to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy and endoscopy dangerous?

Is a colonoscopy and endoscopy dangerous?

There: Are always rare risk during these procedures, but the benefit far out weights the risk. ...Read more

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Endoscopy and colonoscopy, what are these?

Help see GI tract: Endoscopy is when a camera is placed down your mouth to see the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract.

Colonoscopy is when a camera is placed into the rectum to see the lower part of your gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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Can upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Can upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Not really: These tests require you to be under sedation. The doctor will give you medication through an IV so that you won't feel pain or remember the procedure. Rarely you may experience brief moments of discomfort or pain that you remember later, but most people don't remember anything. ...Read more

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Endoscopy and colonoscopy, what to do if I'm nervous?

Anxiety meds: You will be given anxiety medication and sedation for the procedure so you won't feel a thing.
if you are nervous the day before the procedure, this is normal, but you can ask you doctor for an anxiolitic if necessary ...Read more

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How long does it take for a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Variable time: A colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same is called a bi-directional. There are variables that affect the amount of time such as skill of the operating physician, amount of fecal material and need for tissue samples.

Generally the actual procedure takes 10 - 45 minutes. After the procedure it takes approximately 30 mins to 3 hours to recover from the sedating medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Gastroenterology: Talk to a gastroenterologist. He will determine if necessary and perform them. ...Read more

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If colonoscopy and endoscopy show nothing what could it be?

What symptoms?: Impossible to say without knowing what signs and symptoms you were having that prompt getting the scopes. ...Read more

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Do we need to take any meds after endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Usual medications: Nothing special needs to be taken after these procedures unless directed by your doctor. You can resume your usual medication unless you are taking aspirin and had a polyp removed or biopsy performed. If so you should wait a week after the procedure before resuming the aspirin. ...Read more

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Endoscopy/colonoscopy nervous, where can I get my questions answered?

Gastroenterologist: These two procedures are most often performed by a gastroenterologist. The most common procedure performed after age 40-50 is a screening colonoscopy to examine the bowel for possible premalignant lesions. If neg. A follow up at 3-5 yrs may be suggested. Endoscopy or usually gastroscopy is performed for upper GI symptoms including pain, vomiting upper GIbleeding ...Read more

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Can you have a endoscopy and colonoscopy in the same session, ad can you be put out for these procedures?

Can you have a endoscopy and colonoscopy in the same session, ad can you be put out for these procedures?

Yes. Upper endo +: Colonoscopy are commonly performed at the same time. First the upper, then the colon. People are generally not put out, but typically we use what is called "conscious sedation". A combination of pain medications and IV benzodiazepine (usually versed) to make you able to cooperate with the exam but forget it later. It's like most people say, the worst part is usually the prep for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can you get a colonoscopy or endoscopy with copd?

Can you get a colonoscopy or endoscopy with copd?

Your COPD: Can elevate your risk as a sedation candidate, so prior to any procedure, you should be evaluated by an anesthesiologist so that appropriate preparations are made. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What part of the intestines can't the endoscopy and the colonoscopy not see?

What part of the intestines can't the endoscopy and the colonoscopy not see?

Small intestine: Endoscopy is good way to look inside the upper and lower GI tracts, small bowel is not approachable with endoscopy. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

No major risks: You can do both without sedation. There are no risks other than discomfort from cramping during the procedures as the scopes are advanced/manipulated in your digestive tract. The upper endoscopy can be more difficult to tolerate unsedated due to the gag reflex. ...Read more

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I am always nauseous. I've had a endoscopy and colonoscopy... My gallbladder has been taking out. Buy I'm still nauseous?

I am always nauseous. I've had a endoscopy and colonoscopy... My gallbladder has been taking out. Buy I'm still nauseous?

Nausea: This is a big problem for you. Are you taking any medication or supplements. Do you get nauseated no matter what you eat or don't eat. Keep a diary of everything you eat and note if you have nausea. Does anything help. Would try to take a digestive enzyme capsule with each meal. Also try camomile tea and peppermint tea. See your doctor, check for h.Pylori to be sure you do not have ulcer. ...Read more

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Could I have an endoscopy/colonoscopy with a bad cough and phlegm?

Could I have an endoscopy/colonoscopy with a bad cough and phlegm?

Endoscopy//cough: Soas u don't cough wen under scope, becuz of movement, cant see well, injury. Ur GI wud have ur PCP Rx a cough suppressant. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Diagnosis: These are often performed together in a workup for anemia. ...Read more

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Why do I have no appetite after endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Why do I have no appetite after endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Not uncommon: The prep can disrupt the normal flow of food and waste though the gastrointestinal tract. Try to resume as normal a diet as you can to replace the empty intestines. Until the bowels start functioning again, you may loose your appetite. Try some high fiber foods and even some Miralax (polyethylene glycol) if you need to get going again. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

What are the risks of having a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.

Relatively slim: Can include: med reaction (monitored throughout procedure, and after in recovery rm), bleeding (avoid aspirin, other meds, herbals), perforation about 1/10, 000 for upper endoscopy, 1/1000 for colonoscopy; sore throat w/upper. Trauma to other organs, risks may vary w/ work being done, pt anatomy, e.g. Scar tissue, etc. Risk also of missing an abnormality that is actually there-variable. Talk w/md. ...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