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Polyp removal
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Polyp removal

Hi. I realize this is not a place to get diagnosed, but perhaps you can shed some light on my situation.



Yesterday I had a Colonscopy done, and the Doc found and removed a large Polyp from the beginning of my colon near or in the Ileum. Of course it was sent to the lab and I dont know much about the polyp yet, however, he stated that my rectal bleeding was more than likely from the large polyp.

I had the C-scope yesterday and still notice some blood(not much, same as before C-scope) in my stool(whenever they are loose that is). Plus I feel some discomfort around the area where the Polyp was removed. Not pain, fever or anything, just slight discomfort.

My issues are:

1.) Is it normal to bleed for a while after a large polyp removal?  I am going to press for upper GI tests as well, but want to know how long these polyp removals can bleed.

2.) I know scopes and Barium type tests are better when it comes to looking at the intestines. However, When I had my scan the dye I drank acted as a laxative(weird huh?), and by the time I took the scan my BM's were pretty clear, so I think I was pretty cleaned out. If I had some kind of upper GI cancer tearing me up, would any evidence of that be on the CT scan, or are they pretty much worthless in GI matters?

3.) I have read that diverticula bleed and then they just suddenly stop bleeding completely. My bleeding is pretty consistent and not much at all since that first discovery of blood in SEPT. Is it possible I ruptured one of these diverticula and it bleeds only slightly when impacted with my feces? My bM's are pretty narrow and that tells me that feces could be putting pressure on Diverticula. But I think the blood would be brighter if that was the case.

Thanks a bunch.
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To answer your questions:
1) Some bleeding is possible.  However, if it continues, I would discuss it with your personal physician or GI consultant.  If you are on aspirin, Plavix, or other anticoagulants, clotting may take a little longer.

2) The CT scan is not sensitive enough to rule out cancers.  The endoscopy would be the gold-standard test.

3) That is possible, but the colonoscopy would evaluate such a possibility.  If the bleeding continues in light of negative testing, a bleeding scan can be considered.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
www.kevinmd.com
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