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Old 05-23-2003, 09:42 PM   #1
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Angry Can Colonoscopy miss something???

I went to get a colonoscopy earlier today. The Doctor said "I dont find anything here". He said they were no polyps, and a he didnt do biopsy, because he felt he didnt need too. He said he could not see the small bowel, where is the small bowel???
He said I needed xrays, Im getting those in a couple weeks.
Isn't a colonoscopy supposed to see everything, why would I get xrays and why cant he figure what is wrong???
I have had steady bleeding for the past 9 mos, with no pain. Just blood in toliet, on stool, and toliet paper. Could this be something serious the scope missed?

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Old 05-24-2003, 08:35 AM   #2
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That is the symptoms I had and my colonoscopy showed internal hemmoroids and 2 pre cancerous polyps. The doc should of at least told you if you had hemmoroids since there is SOME reason you are bleeding.
You can relax a little about the no biopsy because doctors are trained by eye to know the good polyps from the bad. He did not see any so he decided a biopsy was not in your interest. Most never become cancerous but alot of docs will remove them anyway with the theory if it doesnt belong there remove it.
You can still be wary on the other hand because he never addressed the bleeding. My doctor took my polyps out thought they would be ok mine were pre cancerous so thank God he did!!!
Sometimes they cannot get a good view of everything because some patients did not drink the soultion and clean themselves out good enough or ate when wasnt supposed to etc.. some docs just have trouble because of how a person is "built" inside to see everything and will usually order a second colonoscopy or other types of tests.
Sounds to me like you need a second opinion for you piece of mind and for your healths sake. Good luck to you!

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Old 05-24-2003, 01:45 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I did a 1 day fast the day before the procedure, I also drank 2 bottles of fleet emema which was disgusting. One in the morning and evening. The stuff definitely cleaned me out. I believe the doctor said "I cant get to the small bowel, it is blocked." It is hard to remember everything in detail since i was sedated. I had to ask the nurse, after the procedure what was wrong. My specialist seems to be good, he has done many of these before. I guess the xray would pick up some blockage, I doctor told me he thought it is some hemmoridal problem, I will call him late next week and book an appointment.

Old 05-25-2003, 07:06 AM   #4
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I have been researching my symptoms on the internet. I believe the doctor is looking to see if I have Crohn's Disease.

Does anyone know if rectal bleeding is a side affect of Crohn's disease?

Old 06-26-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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Yes, I know a symptom of Chron's disease can be bleeding in the recum.
I also have been bleeding in the rectum for the past 6 months or so. I finally went to my family doctor and then had a colonoscopy. They said I had very mild internal hemmoroids. I am still wanting to get a second opinion though.
I am still bleeding on a regular basis, in my stools, on the toilet paper and sometimes in the toilet water.
I am getting more and more fatigue over the weeks. I feel naucious daily and feel wore out. My appetite has been poor and I lately have been having some mild ongoing stomach pains below my naval.
Does anyone know if hemmorids can cause all these things? Should I get a 2nd opinion?

Old 06-26-2003, 07:17 PM   #6
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Hi Jordan, if I were you I ask your doctor what he can do for your internal hemmoroids. Tell him you are still bleeding frequently.

I had my small bowel follow through( drinking barium) last week. The GI doctor told me he doenst think I have Crohns. I watched the procedure myself with him, it was fasicinating. I go see my specialist next week, so i dont know what he will say.

From my knowledge I dont believe a colonoscopy can miss rectal/colon cancer, mainly because he can physically see your insides. Did your doctor rule out Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis, just to be safe.

Should you get another opinion? If your current doctor wont help you, you should.

Good luck


Old 04-27-2005, 06:31 PM   #7
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Post Re: Can Colonoscopy miss something???

I know this post is old but I came upon it through a search and felt I needed to clarify a few things for others who may do the same .. a colonosopy can only view the large bowel (or the colon) which is about 6 feet in length for those of you who still have all of yours.

The small bowel (or small instestine) is not "scopeable" by your GI doctor and is up to 25 feet in length. Technology isn't that advanced yet. In order to determine if there is a blockage or mass in the small bowel we still rely on being prepped for Xrays while they take pictures of barium we swallow for the test.

Old 04-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #8
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Re: Can Colonoscopy miss something???

I must add my two cents... There is also a camera capsule that you can swallow that you will take hundreds of pictures of your small intestine to show any problems. It's a technology by Given Imaging, and only some GI Specialists are trained on using it.

Hope this helps.

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