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Why No Iron With A Colonoscopy
I'm having a colonoscopy on October 14th. It says to not take iron for 2 weeks. Does that mean supplements or the food I eat?
Why can't you take iron pills 5-days before colonoscopy? I'am 71 years old and having the colonoscopy in 3-days. I've been off iron pills for 5-days is this alright.
My husband & I are going to have colonoscopys & it says not to take vitamins containing iron--which vitamins contain iron?
Read labels.: To see if iron is a significant ingredient in your vitamins, read the label with the ingredients listed. That information will be found there. If the bottle is no longer available, then stop the vitamins until after your colonoscopies are done. Also, please add your age to your profile. I answered this because colonoscopies scheduled for a married couple are not done in people under 16 usually ...Read more
I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What is pill camera able to diagnose?
I have iron def anaemia. Colonoscopy result ok, fobt +ve for blood am waiting for capsule endoscopy result. What may cause microscopic blood loss?
Bleeding.: Agents that cause inflammation of the gut, eg aspirin, anti-inflamatory drugs, alcohol, endocrine disease-addisons disease and cushings disease; parasites, stomach acid or gall bladder reflux into the esophagus; (rare) tumors of the small bowel including acid secreting tumors. Are you iron deficient from bleeding or nonabsorption? ...Read more
My colonoscopy is scheduled on Friday and I forgot to skip or stop taking Iron supplements 7 days before my procedure. The last time I took iron vitam?
And next time follow instructions
Get your gastroenterologist opinion also ...Read more
I am preparing for colonoscopy in 4 days. Should I stop intravenous infusions of iron and vitamin b12?
Consult doctor: Intravenous infusions of iron and B12 are not usual treatments. You should consult the doctor who prescribed this treatment. ...Read more
I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change.?
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpful to make sure that you are not losing it in the bowel. If oral iron is not helping then you might need IV iron to rapidly make up for what you can't get from pills. ...Read more
My GP told me I had small red blood cells and has prescribed iron tablets. Also referred me to have a colonoscopy. What will that procedure diagnose?
Ask why: Small red cells usually means either iron deficiency or thalassemia minor. A diagnosis of iron deficiency should be confirmed with a few additional lab tests. Iron won't help thal minor and will tend to make you sick. Colonoscopy is a search for a bleeding cancer that might be the cause of your iron deficiency. Best wishes. ...Read more
Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.
Polyps can bleed.: While polyps and diverticuli can bleed, the bleeding from the latter is dramatic and scary, while the bleeding from the former is very slow and not noticeable overtly. Your situation sounds like bleeding from polyps. ...Read more
Anemia of unknown origin, Hemoglobin as low as 6.0. Negative endoscopy, negative colonoscopy, negative occult fecal blood. Low iron: 17 Ferritin 980?
Anemia of Chronic Dz: Your elevated ferritin and depressed serum iron suggests an anemia related to chronic disease. This is a perplexing problem to solve without a careful search of your history and what is happening elsewhere in your body. While the endoscopy helps exclude cancer as the chronic disease, defining the setting as ACD first might have negated the urgency for this. ...Read more
I am a 34-yr-old female diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia two years ago. GI has not recommended colonoscopy. Should I be concerned?
A colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in small bowel and are querying crohn's. I am iron deficient and total B12 level is 202 just in normal range?
Do I need a colonoscopy because my hemoglobin, hematocrit, and MCV were low? Wouldn't another blood test be the next step? I'm 60 and healthy. My iron was okay when I donated blood 20 days before the blood panel was done on 12-5-11. Could donating blood
The tests very well could have come back low due to you donating blood. A good idea would be to take iron or a daily multi-vitamin for 3 months then repeat the anemia panel. If you still have anemia your doctor can do a simple test of your stool to check for the presence of blood. If it is positive then you should have another colonoscopy.
Best of luck. ...Read more
Cbc and iron levels now normal 4 weeks after iron infusion. Colonoscopy saw small ulcers in the terminal ileum of the small bowel can this be crohn's?
Could be: Small ulcers in the terminal ileim is usually crohn's disease. They also can occasionally come from NSAID (ibuprofen) use or certain infections like tb. Talk with your doctor to see what the biopsies show. The biopsies should help distinguish the cause. It's also helpful to have imaging of the small bowel by MRI or ct or barium small bowel follow through to determine the extent of involvement. ...Read more
Lab results: hight tibc, normal range iron and saturation. Have been passing mucus and blood (few times in past few months) even without stool. Awaiting colonoscopy. Could my lab results mean anemia?
Colonoscopy found tiny ulcers in my small intestine doc questioning if Crohn's can this be if after iron infusion I now have normal CBC and iron level?
Small or large?: Doesn't really make a lot of difference, but I suspect colonoscopy found ulcers in large intestine and your doc felt they might look like crohn's. A good response to iron infusion does not change any of the thinking about whether those lesions are crohn's like. The biopsy should give a lot more information. ...Read more
I am a 56 year-old female with a history >20 yrs of chronic non-iron deficiency anemia, hgb 10.2. No menses, 2 egds/colonoscopies in last 10 years normal, fe, tibc, ferritin, folic acid, folate wnl.
Hemoglobin electroph: Need to check hemoglobin electrophoresis, and reticulocyte count. ...Read more
Chronic iron def & anemia (5 yrs). Iv iron good for 6 months. No endometriosis, fibroids, colon polyps, etc. Wth? (3 endoscopes, 2 colonoscopies)
May not be colon:
You do not mention that you have seen a hematologist. You may need to do that for further workup, if no cause for bleeding is found.
Also, there is a way to look at the small bowel to make sure the bleeding is not coming from there, called a capsule endoscopy, where you swallow a capsule with a camera in it. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more
A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more
Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more
Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more
Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more
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