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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

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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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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

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