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Blood in stool x2. Dad w/ ulcerative colitis, sister w/ crohn's. Should I have colonoscopy? If so, can I have while breastfeeding or wait until weans?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Yes

Given your strong family history of ibd, you should definitively have a colonoscopy.
Although a majority of the sedatives used during colonoscopy are felt to be safe during nursing, you can "pump and dump" to be on the safe side.

In brief: Yes

Given your strong family history of ibd, you should definitively have a colonoscopy.
Although a majority of the sedatives used during colonoscopy are felt to be safe during nursing, you can "pump and dump" to be on the safe side.
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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

In brief: Start with labs

I would start with blood and stools tests that are very good at detecting chronic inflammation.
Also they can rule out infection. If your lab work suggests chronic inflammation, i would proceed with a colonoscopy. You may have to "pump and dump" breast milk for a day depending on what drugs they sedate you with--discuss that with the doctor doing the procedure. If labs are normal, perhaps wait.

In brief: Start with labs

I would start with blood and stools tests that are very good at detecting chronic inflammation.
Also they can rule out infection. If your lab work suggests chronic inflammation, i would proceed with a colonoscopy. You may have to "pump and dump" breast milk for a day depending on what drugs they sedate you with--discuss that with the doctor doing the procedure. If labs are normal, perhaps wait.
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