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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This is a strange question, but I`ll ask anyway. My job involves a lot of exposure to UV sunlight and I went to the dermatologist to check out some funny looking patches on my hands and face (sunburn from high altitude sunlight, nothing really she said). After she did a great skin exam she asked me about my general health maintanence (I`m 50 and don`t really get regular preventative care) and she did a comprehensive physical exam, which I really appreciated. Haven`t had one in a long time. She told me that the hemmocolt(sp?) slide that she did indicated blood in the stool and that I needed a colonoscopy and told me to have my regular doctor schedule it. I said that I would, but when she asked me the doctors name, I had to admit that I didn`t have one, so she scheduled it before I left her office. My question is: should you be seen by a gastro specialist befoer getting a colonoscopy or is it o.k. for a dermatologist to order it? I`m going to get it anyway and really appreciate her ordering it; my wife got a good laugh out of the fact that I went to the dermatologist and got a colonoscopy ordered. She`s the best doctor that I have ever seen regardless of medical specialty. Thanks.
It is OK for your dermatologist to order this exam; my hat is off to her for being so very thorough and comprehensive in her evaluation and recommendations!
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati