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What if the colonoscopy shows something abnormal?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis/treatment

At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment.
Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery).

In brief: Diagnosis/treatment

At colonoscopy most visible abnormalities are either definitively diagnosed via sampling (biopsy) or removed completely also for diagnosis that includes the treatment.
Some findings, eg cancer, need definitive treatment via other modes (for example but not limited to surgery).
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Chat afterwards

Generally, your doc will have a brief chat with you after you wake up from sedation and quickly review what they found.
At that time they'll communicate any abnormal findings, whether a biopsy was taken and what they expect to find. They should also send you a home with a printed report (or you might get it in the mail).

In brief: Chat afterwards

Generally, your doc will have a brief chat with you after you wake up from sedation and quickly review what they found.
At that time they'll communicate any abnormal findings, whether a biopsy was taken and what they expect to find. They should also send you a home with a printed report (or you might get it in the mail).
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Dr. Ronald Kline
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Biopsy taken

If something unusual shows up during a colonoscopy, a biopsy (tissue sample) will be taken.
This will be evaluated by a pathologist. Then you will be advised what if anything further needs to be done.

In brief: Biopsy taken

If something unusual shows up during a colonoscopy, a biopsy (tissue sample) will be taken.
This will be evaluated by a pathologist. Then you will be advised what if anything further needs to be done.
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