Colonoscopy guidelines

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I agree - you're done with the hard part! The prep of a colonoscopy is definitely the worst! I also was very, very anxious and scared the first time I had to have a colonoscopy and honestly, when I woke up, I thought to myself - "now what the heck was I worried about?" LOL Just remember - the nurses, doctors and anesthesiologists are there to take care of you and also to help make it as pleasant an experience as it can be.
Hello, i am going to get a colonoscopy on friday. I have been having health issues for over a month and landed in the hospital on thursday night. My hospital does not perform colonoscopies so i had to make an appointment with a GI. I jist realized that when i called to make the appointment, they never told me if i had to do anything to prepare for it.
My father was diagnosed at age 65 with colon cancer which ultimately caused his death (I get a colonoscopy every 5 years and haven't had a polyp yet). My question is, do you feel I should be tested for the BRCA1 & 2 gene mutations? I'm unsure what the current guidelines are for this test, but I do know that women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage have this mutation more than the general population. I thank you for your assistance.
I think that in the final analysis, we agree. Thank you for taking time to help me with this problem. Colonoscopy tomorrow. Yea...
6 years ago I had a routine colonoscopy and it was the most upsetting medical procedure of my life. Even though it was done in a hospital under Demerol and Versed, I had excruciating pain, was thrashing about, totally awake, and in such agony that I was begging and screaming at the doctor to stop. Instead, he had me restrained in a Tyvek restraint jacket on the surgical table and I was held down while he proceded with the colonoscopy. It was traumatic beyond belief.
My GP said that as the polyp was benign there's no need for a further follow-up. However, I've read some guidelines for follow ups after a polypectomy which say a colonoscopy should be carried out after three years for polyps that are 10mm or larger.
None were cancerous. Because of a propensity to develop pulps since the age of about 60 I get a colonoscopy every two years. I believe that is the maximum allowed by Medicare if you are of that age in the USA. That said Medicare is every 5 years unless there is an indication of problems like regular polyps, and I think that might be more than enough for most of us. So why my question?
There are no strict guidelines regarding the time of a colonoscopy in relation to the upcoming bariatric surgery. The decision of whether to do it before and after will be dependent on your individual situation, and can be discussed with your personal physician. As you know, a colonoscopy is a day procedure, and should not have an effect on the upcoming surgery. You are correct that the post-op course of bariatric surgery may be daunting, and may put off the colonoscopy.
They sent a request to the medical centers gastroenterology section to arrange a colonoscopy. Today they contacted me telling me the first appointment available was mid-July. Is this considered timely, 2 1/2 months? The VA system is my only medical care that I have. I guess I could scrape together the money to have it done outside the system. Is this something that should be done right away, i.e.asap? Is a 10 week wait reasonable?
My GI recommended an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy to take a look at my recurring acid reflux and fairly regular (monthly) rectal bleeding (he suspects hemroidal in nature). He suggested that they be done in seperate procedures on two different days because, according to him, the preparation for the colonoscopy can make my upper tract appear raw, etc.
I have to some degree been limited my liquid intake to make this less of a problem. In a month and a half I have a needed colonoscopy scheduled. I am concerned that drinking all of the prep so fast will cause urinary retention or something else of that nature. Are there any guidelines about this?
In general colorectal cancer screening is started in average-risk adults starting at the age of 50 years and in high-risk adults starting at the age of 40 years, or 10 years before the age at which the youngest affected family member was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is repeated every 10 years. Guidelines emphasize not repeating colon cancer screening with colonoscopy for 10 years after a negative high-quality colonoscopy, which is what sounds like you described.
The fact that you had a negative FOBT recently is also reassuring. However, you may opt to get a colonoscopy or a virtual colonoscopy done right away (given the family history) even though the text books state otherwise. You are nearly forty, and the screening tests wont harm you (insurance re-imbursement is of course another issue altogether). Guidelines are just suggestions; the patients wishes too must be considered by the doctor.
my hausband had a Colonoscopy, 2 weeks ago, the results were Multiple polyprectomy, tortuous and redundant colon The biopsy results were: 1) 1 polyp o.9 cm diameter Biopsy from ascending colon:tubulovillous lesion with low grade dysplasia 2) 1 polyp o.9 cm diameter ascending and descending colonic biopsy fragments of colonic mucosa showing adenomatous change, low grade WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT RECOMMENDATION??
now it appears that the VA is saying it could be nationwide and is telling ALL VETS who have had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years at any VAMC to be tested. Please read!!! Please get tested if this applies to you! Vets are already sick! ******************************************************************************** As we've watched the "colonoscopy story" unfold over the past few months, it has become obvious that the VA is lost in a bureaucratic boondoggle of its own making.
I underwent a standard endoscopy (including colonoscopy)and the following were the findings from it and the histopathy: (1) mild erythema conssistent with Grade 1 gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; (2) mild antral gastrities, clo test negative, rest of stomach and duodenum normal; (3) two rectal polyps (both of them showing predominantly low grade dysplassia) representing a villous adenoma with low grade dysplasia and a tubulovillous adenoma with high grade dysplasia found focally in it.
along with many other things. you should have a full detailed physical at 50yo including a colonoscopy.
). I am not familiar with current AMA guidelines regarding this test. Bet they can be found online. Is five years a standard for someone who has shown no problems? Or is this timeline recommended for patients who had polyps? Or any other condition doctor wants to keep an eye on? I believe any predisposition to colon cancer, like having a close relative die of the disease, is a variable doctors keep in mind as well.
Shouldn't results of CT help me determine whether to return to chemo or not at this time? I note on MD Anderson Cace Center Guidelines for Colon Cancer "individualized surveillance" is recommended (61 years old, working, feel good).
At the age of 22 I underwent EGD and colonoscopy to evaluate stubborn stomach pains and irregularities. The EGD showed h. pylori, and the colonoscopy revealed 2 small, adenomatous polyps. I was told to have another colonoscopy in three years, and that occurred yesterday. I hoped and prayed that it would come back clean, but alas, it did not. In the three short years since my last torture session, I had grown two new "medium-sized, polypoid, broad-based polyps.
chest xrays (normal), ekg, cbc, liver and pancreas enzyme blood tests (all normal), upper gi series (showed some thickening of rugal folds), upper endoscopy with biopsy (mild gastritis and gerd, negative on celiac and h pylori), gallbladder ultrasound (normal), ct scan of abdomen and pelvis with contrast (normal), colonoscopy (normal) and hida scan with cck (normal). I do have health anxietys and am currently in therapy and taking vybrid for anxiety.
i have been to the ER 3 x thinking heart attack..had endoscopy, colonoscopy, barium tests, mri's, cat scans, numerous blood work, even a cardiac catherization done (and sure i am missing alot of stuff) and drs. are stumped. i do have numerous hemangiomas on my cervical spine, but two spine surgeons told me not to worry about it. what kind/type of dr. told you that the pain is due to your hemangiomas? i would like to find this type of dr. by me so i can get my pain away!!!!!
So, as long as it seems to be improving on a day by day basis, it is my contention that I can probably handle the occurrence without medication. I follow the recommended guidelines of getting plenty of rest along with a normal, well balanced diet and have had not experienced any diarrhea (other than the day of onset), rectal bleeding, fever or vomiting. My appetite seems quite normal.
I would be more apt to go with the American guidelines, however, I am not sure what you mean by "European guidelines" because in France our guideline is as the American guidelines. Malignant polyps are NOT usually left in. In what countries have you consulted physicians?
Most of the diagnoses for chronic diarrhea requires some sort of endoscopy - either colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. This should definitely be discussed with your personal physician. If negative, tests for malabsorption (i.e. fecal fat tests, and tests for celiac disease) should be considered. Followup with your personal physician is essential. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.
The doctor said that I again, have diverticulitis and prescribed two antibiotics, both of which I took according to the strict guidelines, yet they did not help one bit. I still have the pain, the loose bowels, and I've lost about 5 pounds in 2 weeks, probably just from all the anxiety I feel over this. I went back to the doctor who could offer no other insights and am now scheduled for a colonoscopy in about 4 weeks. I'm wondering if you can help shed any light on this for me.
The concern is for my mom, actually. She has undiagnosed symptoms after 2 months of testing. It\'s frustrating to not know what is causing her pain. She has chest pain that seems to be linked to a hoarseness in her voice. She has had many tests, all of which have come up with \"normal\" or \"good\" results. Tests include CT scan, chest x-ray, EKG, stress test, endoscopy, colonoscopy, larenoscopy, lots of bloodwork, etc.
I was diagnosed anemic in july after experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath. Negative colonoscopy, endoscopy,uterine biopsy,stool sample for blood, negative for celiac, negative chest x-ray. I had taken iron supplements from July-January. I stopped in January due to the onset of bad abdominal/flank pain. I felt that maybe I had taken the iron supplements too long. The pain seemed to resolve somewhat, and then this new pain started.
While hospitalized I had an EGD, MRI, CT, colonoscopy, small bowel follow through, ultrasound of my kidneys and bladder, and several other tests to try to determine what is causing these debilitating symptoms. I have chest pain (severe at times) that feels like it radiates directly through to my back and around the right side of the bottom of my rib cage (the pain & spasms almost feel like they are under my rib cage).
that he commonly refers out to. Meanwhile, I had a colonoscopy under general anesthesia yesterday and the good news is that the anesthesia went smoothly but the bad news (?) is that there seem to have been some abnormalities seen there too. I'm actually unsure that's bad news, because to be frank, I would very much like to have an answer as to why I've been continuously sick since my bout of food poisoning in mid-February.
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