Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test used to see abnormalities and changes in the large intestine and rectum. During this examination, a long flexible tube with a camera attached at its end (colonoscope) is inserted into the patient's rectum, and the doctor visualizes the entire colon. If needed, a polyp can be removed, and tissues can be collected for biopsy.

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What do you do if you are constipated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have serious constipation problems and Dulcolax is the only thing that works in my body. I take a lot of fruits, tea, and fiber supplements. What can I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. At your age, chronic constipation should be thoroughly investigated. Are there any other symptoms like blood in stool, weight loss, or occasional diarrhea alternating with constipation or loss of appetite? I would advise you to get a colonoscopy done as this has become...  Read Full »

Why is there intermittent rectal bleeding with bloody mucus?

Query: Hi doctor, I currently have intermittent rectal bleeding. It has been happening on and off for about two months, typically once or twice a month, but it happened three times yesterday and three times today. What happens is I will have a regular bowel movement, then about 30 minutes later, feel like...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Have you lost any weight in the last two months? Do you have a reduced appetite? Do you have any family history of colon (large bowel) polyps or cancers? The picture you uploaded (attachment removed to protect patient identity) seems that blood is coming out of ...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to convince my husband about my gluten-free diet.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having abdominal and thoracic pain for the past 16 years. I do like to describe the pain as irritation, burning, feeling like eating sandpaper; constant pulse to puff and burp, acid reflux and fire in my breast and stomach. I used tons of medications for years, such as proton ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the excellent history and sharing your background as a dietitian really helped. First of all, as you might now, the celiac disease cannot be proved by chemical basis. You can very well have a negative serology with biopsy proven celiac disease. The invest...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest ways to improve digestion?

Query: Hi doctor, We are living in an area where water having high TDS level. So, here almost 70% people facing stomach and intestine related issue. I am a physically fit person and my age is 37. I am doing regular weight exercise (gym workout) for the past 7 years continuously. All areas of my body are w...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have abdominal pain? What about your appetite? What is stool consistency and was blood on the surface of stool or mixed with stool? Do you have symptoms of nausea, burning sensation in upper part of the abdomen or chest? If you had recent episode of small amount...  Read Full »

Is a family history of colon cancer considered high risk?

Query: Hello doctor,A polypoid mucosa with budded branched and crowded hyperchromatic cells that replace normal goblet cells increased cell turnover notes. What does this mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

General Surgeon, Medical Gastroenterologist, Medical Oncologist, Paediatric Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in. You have not provided the history of your illness, apart from the fact that this report is also a part of a full report. Yet a generalized report of this type points to dysplasia. If you need precise information, please share your detailed histor...  Read Full »

I frequently have diarrhea and constipation, will there be any chances of colon cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, Here are my symptoms: I would associate chronic dull left side pain for years with my endometriosis, so I did not think much of it. I have normal stools on some days mixed with constipation and diarrhea on other days. I am taking Vesicare, which causes constipation, and contributed to m...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and colorectal carcinoma are two extremes of the spectrum of the GI (gastrointestinal) diseases. The former is functional non-serious, while the latter is a severe condition. However, it is not only the type of symptoms, which m...  Read Full »

What is your opinion about my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to have mild abdominal pain in the lower right part of the stomach. I was diagnosed with PPD six months ago and continued my regular medicine (no ATD). Since then, I occasionally get severe pain at the very same location and it lasts for around 4 to 6 hours. This pain was not regul...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please explain if you have any other symptoms, bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea), consistency of stool, blood or mucus in stool, appetite and fever? If you have increased frequency of stool, loose stool and mucus in stool, then there might be possible Crohn's dis...  Read Full »

Is chronic ileitis a curable one?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from IBS since the last year. I am getting diarrhea whenever I eat outside food. Recently, I have been detected with chronic ileitis with activity after colonoscopy. I am ready to send the reports for kind perusal of gastroenterologist. Is it curable? I am now o...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, these ulcers can be healed. But, it will take some time. Colonoscopy shows multiple ulcers in terminal ileum. The cause of these ulcers could be Crohn's disease, tubercular ulcers or chronic non-specific ulcers which heal by their own. But, your report does ...  Read Full »

My dad and sister had small polyps on colonoscopy. Am I at high risk?

Query: Hi doctor, I was just wondering when a colonoscopy would be recommended for me. I have health anxiety and I want to know when I should get one. My mom and dad had their first colonoscopies at 50. My dad had a few polyps, and my mom did not. My dad went back seven years later and he had no polyp...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should have your first screening at the age of 50 years. Since none of your first degree and probably second degree relative had colon cancer at age less than 50 years there is no chance for it. Presence of polyps is a common finding on colonoscopy, that again ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to consume alcohol with my medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from the following symptoms. Left lower abdomen pain, constant mushy stools (twice had blood), constant watery stools, heart twitches a couple of times a day, abdomen hurts more when I sit or lay down. I am a chronic alcoholic. I have searched in the internet resources and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lorazepam should not be taken with alcohol since both can cause respiratory suppression if you over do it. Having said that this is the drug of choice to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It has a short half life, so requires multiple doses in a day. I would suggest t...  Read Full »

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