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The colonoscopy is done in order to screen for possible precancerous polyps at an early stage of development. Every 10 years after a negative...
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Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large...
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The answer to your question is "yes and no."Each individual physician sets his or her own criteria under which he or she will perform a...
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Adults with celiac sprue have a several-fold higher than normal risk of developing lymphomas (cancers of the lymph glands) in the small intestine as...
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Lipomas (benign tumors consisting of fat) are benign, that is, they are not cancerous. If the pathologist (the doctor who examines the polyp) is...
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Good question.I believe when a person reaches an advanced age, such as age 80 or older, that he or she should have a discussion with his or her...
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Well, I would suggest you simply eat a normal diet and follow the prep instructions to the letter.Fasting before a colonoscopy  may sound like a...
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Routine colonoscopy to look for early signs of cancer should begin at age 50 for most people—earlier if there is a family history of colorectal...
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Doctors are like chefs...they all "cook" a bit differently. How one clinician practices does not really imply that others will do the same...
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Nothing! At least, not after midnight the night before. And don’t drink anything either. A few bites of food or sips of coffee before your...
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When you die.  Keep on having those wonderful tests.  It saves lives. I know of one person that had a colonoscopy and it saved his life. By...
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I don't believe that regular iced tea is going to compromise your colonoscopy and it should be considered a clear liquid. To be absolutely sure...
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Your best bet is to give your doctor a call today if you can.  Realizing it is Sunday, if you can't get a hold of your doctor, try...
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No, nothing is inserted in the urethra during a colonoscopy. Your urethra could have easily been cross-contaminated during the "prep" when...
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A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure in which a doctor inserts a colonoscope (a long, flexible instrument about ½ inch in diameter) in the rectum...