Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools. Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you.

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Can diverticulosis (not itis) be mistaken for colon cancer on CT scan? PCP says no. No referal for other tests.

No, not really. Cancer will typically produce a growth which has obvious size and dimensions. Diverticulosis does not produce a mass or lump unless it is inflamed and infected in which case it would be called(as you said) diverticulitis. Read more...
Possible but rare. Yes diverticulosis is benign , has distinct appearance from CA on CT for a trained radiologist will read as accurate as reading finger prints , some times in between diverticula the wall may be thickened , may have mucosal overgrowth will mimic a early cancer , then colonoscopy indicated , at 39 cancer is not common but age is not exception for CA , ask again for referral . Read more...

Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Low. The two conditions are unrelated, so you are really asking if the diverticulitis diagnosis is correct. The ct description is consistent with diverticulitis. As long as there is no abscess or perforation, antibiotics should resolve the symptoms. Otherwise, surgery. If there is a cancer causing the problem the symptoms will not resolve without surgery. Read more...
Need colonoscopy. Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described. Read more...

Could three CT scans over one year all really miss symptomatic colon cancer (narrow stools, blood). Problems for past 2 years, doc says no way it wou?

Yes. Colonoscopy is not the ideal way to evaluate for colon cancer. The most accurate test is a colonoscopy. Contact a gastroenterologist to set this up. Read more...
Absolutely. Ct scan is by no means designed for detecting colon cancer. When it does, it is most often in the advanced stages since it is large enough to have either formed metastatic diseases (e.g. In the liver) or distorted the anatomy of the colon enough to become evident. The most sensitive test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. Ct is not a good test for screening for colon cancer. Read more...

Ct scan shows diverticulitis Gi advised sigmoidoscopy to check narrowing of colon could it be cancer as been told only scoping can confirm difference?

Unfortunately those. two conditions can look similar on the CT scan. Another option is to treat for diverticulitis, then repeat the CT scan to see if the abnormality has resolved. If you don't have symptoms of diverticulitis, you should have the sigmoidoscopy. Read more...
Yes. Given your young age, diverticulosis(itis) is not very common, but can occur. Is there any colon cancer or polyposis in the family? If CT shows an abnormality then I would strongly recommend a colonoscopy to investigate further, especially if there is narrowing of the lumen (inside diameter). The test is relatively low risk and can provide a lot of information and peace of mind. Read more...
Scope is a good idea. Although the imaging technologies such as MRI and CT Scan can give us a lot of good information and are extremely useful they do not allow for a biopsy which sigmoidoscopy does. A biopsy can give a lot of information. I recommend following the advice of your gastoenterologist. I wish you the best of luck! Read more...