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I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly  motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

Talk to your doc: Cscope can be uncomfortable-lots of loops, twists and turns in 5'-6' of bowel. Most pts and mds prefer a relaxed, comfortable patient: relaxes the bowel, makes for an easier procedure. Need not be "knocked out", just comfortable. Rare patient asks for cold sober procedure; most don't repeat it that way. Would have IV access anyway, in case you want or need meds or fluids. ...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


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Saw GI for positive iFOB test who scheduled upperGI/colonoscopy. Given that I'm young, I don't see why this is necessary unless things worsen?

Saw GI for positive iFOB test who scheduled upperGI/colonoscopy. Given that I'm young, I don't see why this is necessary unless things worsen?

You should proceed: if this is your doctor's recommendation. Likelihood of finding a pathological condition that requires treatment is low b/c of your age, but it is not zero. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Yes: A colonoscopy prep should be safe during pregnancy as it should not be absorbed. The sedation for colonoscopy would be of more concern. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

Colectomy??: Was this your first colonoscopy? Did you know of any polyps previously. A colon that contains literally hundreds of polyps (nodules) suggests a genetic syndrome - the problem being that any of these polyps could potentially be precancerous. You need to discuss this with your gastroenterologist right away, as you may need to have the colon removed. ...Read more

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I am 24 with very irregular bowels. Am i to young to have a colonoscopy done & what can b done to fix my irregularity besides eating right & fiber?

Add probiotic: You can try adding a probiotic to your regimen. You still need to eat right though and have enough fiber in your food intake. Would discuss with your doctor which probiotic he or she would recommend. ...Read more

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Is it recommended that an 86 year old woman who has a hemoglobin of 9 get a colonoscopy to determine a source of bleeding or is it contraindicated?

Is it recommended that an 86 year old woman who has a hemoglobin of 9 get a colonoscopy to determine a source of bleeding or is it contraindicated?

Depends: At 86 routine colonoscopy may not be indicated but some one with Hb of 9 & bleeding is not routine is clinical judgement issue. Discuss with permission with her physician will explain to you including alternatives . I am sure all less invasive tests are already done. ...Read more

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I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy,found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy,found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

Worry is relative !: If they never told you, you need to be aware of a fact. Every time someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system creates new antibodies that attack various tissues in the body.Your symptoms may be readily apparent or subtle, but they will eventually lead to more problems. It is hard enough to remain gluten free when you try, since it can be found in unexpected items. ...Read more

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Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people. Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?

Colonoscopy <50 y o: There are several nationally-recognized colonoscopy screening guidelines. Most agree the following patients under 50 year old should undergo colonoscopy:1) afro-american males at age 45; 2) familial syndromes that predispose to early colon ca (fap, lynch syndromes, etc.); 3) inflammatory bowel of longstanding; 4) history of colon ca or adenomatous polyps at young age; 5) other select settings. ...Read more

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What GI problems beside cc can a colonoscopy/endoscopy identify? Having ongoing problems in GI tract but i keep hearing i'm too young for cc.

IBD: Colonoscopy and egd are also used to evaluate for inflammatory conditions of the bowel as well as infectious conditions. You are not too young for a colonoscopy. You are too young if you are discussing a screening colonoscopy and are average risk for colon cancer. A diagnostic colonoscopy is to evaluate specific symptoms, which serves a different purpose. ...Read more

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HI I am a 38 yo female. I had a colonoscopy today and left hospital aroumd noon. I started having bad pain under my left ribs. It is now a 7 should ?

HI I am a 38 yo female. I had a colonoscopy today and left hospital aroumd noon. I started having bad pain under my left ribs. It is now a 7 should ?

Yes, get checked: Hi, it sounds like you do need to be evaluated right away. After a major procedure such as a colonoscopy severe pain should be reported to your doctor and it would be safest to be evaluated in the emergency room. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy/endoscopy today.Doc said after that my anal cavity was very stretched out & she seemed suspicious of me?!she said Im 2 young for that?

Had colonoscopy/endoscopy today.Doc said after that my anal cavity was very stretched out & she seemed suspicious of me?!she said Im 2 young for that?

Really?: I would like to know why a 19 year old woman would be undergoing an EGD/colonoscopy in the first place. Would certainly need more history to answer that question. ...Read more

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To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

Colonoscopy: I'm sorry, but this question is too complex to be answered on this forum. There are many enema products available. Please ask your boyfriend's physician or nursing staff for specific directions. ...Read more

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What will happen to me or the baby if i got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

What will happen to me or the baby if i got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

No anesthesia: Most endoscopists give IV sedation for colonoscopy and egd. Noone should give anesthesia to a pregnant woman unless absolutely necessary. Procedure should be delayed until you are postpartum. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy in 2002, was fine. Had one recently, microscopic blood in stool, can you get coloncancer within 10 yrs? 64 yr old female.

Had colonoscopy in 2002, was fine. Had one recently, microscopic blood in stool, can you get coloncancer within 10 yrs? 64 yr old female.

Absolutely...: There are several biologic pathways by which cells grow into cancer--this is particularly true with colon cancer. "interval colon cancers" are defined as presenting relatively soon after a negative colonoscopy exam. This phenomenon is well-defined & well-recognized in the medical literature, distinct from missed or regrowing lesions, & accepted as inevitable despite current screening strategies. ...Read more

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