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Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: To see

Often the colon is collapse.
A doctor can either inflate air or c02 to expand the colon to see the folds. On the colonoscopy withdrawal, the doctor will then attempt to suction the air to reduce the colon distension and patient discomfort.

In brief: To see

Often the colon is collapse.
A doctor can either inflate air or c02 to expand the colon to see the folds. On the colonoscopy withdrawal, the doctor will then attempt to suction the air to reduce the colon distension and patient discomfort.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: For visibility

When the colon is properly prepped and empty, we have to put air or nitrogen in to distend the colon to allow for visibility and accuracy to visualize the mucosal surface.

In brief: For visibility

When the colon is properly prepped and empty, we have to put air or nitrogen in to distend the colon to allow for visibility and accuracy to visualize the mucosal surface.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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