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Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer

04/07/2009

Question:

I went on a crazy diet a few months ago and now I am very constipated. I have hard stools. When I take a stool softner everything is fine. I saw my doctor today and because of the change in my bowel movements I am having a colonscopy done next week. I had a colonoscopy two years ago and five years before that and nothing was found. What are my chances that nothing will be found again and I just have severe constipation?

Answer:

Assuming that the previous exams had a good quality prep and they got to the end of the colon, it is low. However, we know that there is a miss rate at colonoscopy so it may be worth repeating to exclude something serious.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University