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Coloscopy

Principle

This is a test used to examine the large intestine (or colon) using an endoscope (a small camera) on a flexible device introduced via the anus.
It is used to search for abnormalities of the colon (such as polyps) and, where necessary, to take samples with the aim of conducting a microscope analysis and arriving at a diagnosis.


Details of examination:

 

Preparation

The colon must be completely clear for the examination.
You must therefore drink a preparation that clears the colon.
To do this, you can obtain either COLOPEG ®, or KLEAN-PREP ® (4 sachets for 4 litres of preparation), from your pharmacist (without prescription).
The preparation should be drunk on the day before the examination.
On the day of the examination, you must have NIL BY MOUTH
Nil by mouth means do not drink, eat or smoke.

 

Some medicines must be stopped before the examination, find out from your doctor.

Duration

A coloscopy lasts for about 30 minutes.
However, preparing for the examination lasts several hours, and a recovery period is allowed after the examination.

Inconveniences

Passage through some of the “bends” in the large intestine can make the examination uncomfortable and require a sedative to be given.
It is therefore wise to plan a whole day and be accompanied when you return home.
The examination can also be carried out under a light general anaesthetic.

Contact

Gastroenterology department: (02) 764.28.23

 

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