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Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

For visibility: When the colon is properly prepped and empty, we have to put air or nitrogen in to distend the colon to allow for visibility and accuracy to visualize the mucosal surface. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Should i be worried about inflammation found inside my colon during colonoscopy? What can cause it? Doc said the biopsy came back normal?

Should i be worried about inflammation found inside my colon during colonoscopy?  What can cause it?  Doc said the biopsy came back normal?

Not now/depends,,,: At this point, unless you've got any positive signs of an inflammatory bowel condition, you should not worry excessively. Your biopsy was negative. Your mother having colon cancer should motivate you to take steps to take care of your health that way with a high fiber diet and check-ups like the colonoscopy that you did. Close follow up with your doctor also helps a lot. ...Read more

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Doctor removed 18 polyps from colon, all benign. Doctor says i need another colonoscopy next year. What are the chances he will find polyps again?

Good chance: With this many polyps others could easily have been missed or you could grow small polyps in a year i agree with repeat procedure 1yr. Also will determine how fast you grow polyps and determine future schedule if procedure. ...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

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Doctor removed 18 polyps last colonoscopy, next colonoscopy if find any might need surgery to remove section of colon! What if I elect non-surgery?

Doctor removed 18 polyps last colonoscopy, next colonoscopy if find any might need surgery to remove section of colon!  What if I elect non-surgery?

May spread: depending on nature of polyps, inflammatory or early malignant, surgery may be needed if recurrent lesion noted. Endoscopy effective if stalk of polyp not invaded. If multiple polyps appear in a field, this represents early changes in the field that by itself can eventually lead to the development of an invasive carcinoma. Depending on findings of next colonoscopy decision should be discussed. ...Read more

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I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

Ok Then: what is the biopsy ( pathology ) repot which is important for immediate care. You have to find it from your doctor and also will advise you about what type of follow up care you need .. ...Read more

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Why do doctors recommend colonoscopy at age 50? People under 40 with no family history of colon cancer are getting sick and the number is rising.

Official: Recommendation is based upon statistical data, where risk/benefit does not justify screening colonoscopy for those under 50 with no risk factors. This recommendation might change in the future, depending on whether or not your observation at your end proves to be true. ...Read more

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I was dignose with redundant spastic colon after a colonoscopy and the doctor said nothing can be done for that is that correct. I am veryconcern is ?

I was dignose with redundant spastic colon after a colonoscopy and the doctor said nothing can be done for that is that correct. I am veryconcern is ?

Don't be concerned: Spastic, redundant colon is not a disorder or a diagnosis. It is a description of your colon by one endoscopist during one colonoscopy. The only purpose of noting this is for furture endoscopies where the colonoscopy may be a bit more difficult to perform. It should cause no symptoms or diseases. ...Read more

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I just had a colonoscopy and have been diagnosed with Sigmoid diverticular disease and the doctor also found a 3cms cytic/mucinous lesion in my colon?

I just had a colonoscopy and have been diagnosed with Sigmoid diverticular disease and the doctor also found a 3cms cytic/mucinous lesion in my colon?

Diverticulosis: Diverticuli are small pouches in your intestine. When stool gets stuck in there it can become painful - diverticulitis. The 3cm lesion needs to be biopsied for things such as cancer or pre cancer. Please see your doctor for more answers. ...Read more

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How likely is colon cancer in 31 year old? Doc said if CT Normal for RUQ pain then colonoscopy next. Is this necessary? No other symptoms

How likely is colon cancer in 31 year old? Doc said if CT Normal for RUQ pain then colonoscopy next. Is this necessary? No other symptoms

Perhaps not?: Generally speaking, a 31 year old patient with RUQ pain is unlikely to need a colonoscopy, especially if a CT is normal. It would be rare indeed for colon cancer to be causing these symptoms at your age. I assume you've had a normal abdominal ultrasound. If you haven't had an ultrasound that would be the first test to do before a CT. An online consultation at Health Tap might be helpful. ...Read more

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Can colonoscopy(done by an incompetent doctor) cause colon cancer? Suppose the doctor nicks something you know? There's bright red blood in my stool.

Can colonoscopy(done by an incompetent doctor) cause colon cancer? Suppose the doctor nicks something you know? There's bright red blood in my stool.

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy by an incompetent doctor cannot cause colon cancer although it could have missed colon cancer. If a hole was put in the colon then there could be severe infection. Recommend reviewing your results of the colonoscopy because polyps, hemorrhoids, colitis, and diverticulosis could all cause rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, i can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

Colonoscopy doc found internal hemorrhoids, treatment is not helping symptoms, i can barely poop and only a little. Could it actually be colon cancer?

NO it is not: You have colonoscopy , as per your info. Did not show cancer so you don't have it , why worry? . Now your constipation could be easily managed by high fibre diet lots of vegetables and fruits , less meat and plenty of water at your age of 24 rarely need any medications you will be fine speak to your doctor and go for follow up. ...Read more

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I'm 39. I had dark red blood (maroon) in my stool. I have a history of hemorrhoids. My mother died this year of colon cancer. My doctor, then gastro-entologist recommended a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is rather pricey - should I have one?

I'm 39. I had dark red blood (maroon) in my stool. I have a history of hemorrhoids. My mother died this year of colon cancer. My doctor, then gastro-entologist recommended a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is rather pricey - should I have one?

Yes : Yes, you should get a colonoscopy. Your dark red blood in stool (hematochezia) is a concerning sign and due to your family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy should be performed. Although it is expensive, in your situation with your family history and symptoms, the benefits (potentially early detection/treatment of colon polyps) outweigh the negatives (high cost). Follow up with GI doc. ...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


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more