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Why would I have a colonoscopy when anemic?

Why would I have a colonoscopy when anemic?

Colon cancer: One of the most common causes of anemia in adults is colon cancer. In this type of cancer, one can slowly bleed over many months slowly making him/her more anemic. If a small cancerous polyp is found early, it can be removed and the cancer treated before it spreads. That is why a colonoscopy is recommended in unexplained cases of anemia. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Hi im anemic and my doctor want me to do iron infusion and colonoscopy , why?

Hi im anemic and my doctor want me to do iron infusion and colonoscopy  , why?

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

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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 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

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I am a 34-yr-old female diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia two years ago. GI has not recommended colonoscopy. Should I be concerned?

Yes. Get checked.: If you have iron deficiency anemia, there can be several causes: 1) Diet-you could be iron deficient if you are a vegetarian 2) Heavy periods or irregular vaginal bleeding 3) GI bleeding from gastritis (inflammation in your stomach) or a growth in your colon. I would recommend checking stool cards for occult (microscopic) blood. If these are positive, you definitely need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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7negative stool test done at different times, have anemia, not bleeding, endoscopy negative doc still wants colonoscopy. Why when all negative?

7negative stool test done at different times, have anemia, not bleeding, endoscopy negative doc still wants colonoscopy. Why when all negative?

Bleeding can be...: ...intermittent, from any source. If there is clinical evidence that points to the GI tract as a likely source of your anemia then colonoscopy is indeed warranted. ...Read more

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How accurate are occult blood stool IA tests? I had 7 done, all negative, have anemia, I know its from food, not bleeding, doc still wants colonoscopy

How accurate are occult blood stool IA tests? I had 7 done, all negative, have anemia, I know its from food, not bleeding, doc still wants colonoscopy

Investigate iron def: If an adult has anemia DUE TO IRON DEFICIENCY, the cause is almost always blood loss. In men and non-menstruating women, the blood loss is almost always from the gastrointestinal tract. If iron deficiency (not just anemia) has been well proven, and the patient does not menstruate, endoscopy is warranted no matter what the occult blood stool test shows. ...Read more

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Normocytic Anemia - Prominent Spleen 'seen' during colonoscopy - CT Scan (2weekslater) spleen normal - left up ab pain, further investigation needed?

Normocytic Anemia - Prominent Spleen 'seen' during colonoscopy - CT Scan (2weekslater) spleen normal -  left up ab pain, further investigation needed?

Yes: Anemia in a 23 year male needs investigation as it suggests blood loss, lack of dietary iron or malabsorption. For the spleen size, I would trust the CT finding. Abdominal pain is an additional reason for further investigation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Depends on your Hemo: Anemia, by definition, means low hemoglobin level. So we need to know your hemoglobin(hb) in order to answer your question. If it is over 12 grams, you do not need to worry about your iron and TIBC etc. ...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