Coon Polyps Case Study

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Colon Polyp Treatment in Los Angeles- Methods of Screening for the Presence of Polyps A polyp is a fleshy growth of cells that develops on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These are largely asymptomatic (therefore producing no noticeable signs or symptoms), which means that the majority of patients are completely unaware of their presence. Screening is often the only way in which these polyps can be identified and treated. Why Do I need To Be Screened For Colon Polyps? As polyps will normally produce no symptoms, you will not be aware of their presence. Screening is the only way in which polyps can be found, therefore it is important for you to attend the screening process if you are invited to do so. Polyps are not considered…show more content…
A flexible tube is inserted, which allows the doctor to look at the inside lining of the colon. The procedure is done without sedation and can be uncomfortable, but is low risk and highly accurate for identifying polyps in this region of the bowel. If any polyps are found, you will need a colonoscopy procedure so that they can be removed. It is limited only to the last portion of the colon and rectum and therefore, polyps proximal to the reach of the scope can be missed. Colonoscopy is the most commonly used method of screening for polyps, and involves inserting a tube that is attached to a camera. Using this, the doctor can view the rectum and the entire colon. If polyps are found during this procedure, then either a biopsy (tissue sample) can be taken, or the entire polyp could be removed. Colonoscopy is a low risk procedure, but there is a slight possibility of the colon wall being perforated or a hemorrhage developing. You will normally be given a sedative to help you to relax during the procedure. It is considered the gold standard for polyp…show more content…
It uses x-rays to create a computer image of the colon, without involving any kind of invasive procedure. The large intestine must be empty of stool, just like for the other procedures, but this will help to make colon screening safer and much quicker. It does not require sedation, but also does not allow tissue samples to be taken during the procedure. Though the x-rays used are highly sensitive, this method is currently not as reliable as a colonoscopy, as it is possible for polyps to be missed. If a lesion is identified, then a colonoscopy will be required. At this time, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of CTC. Air contrast barium enema is a test in which air and barium (a contrast agent) is instilled into the rectum and colon and plain abdominal x-rays are obtained to look for any irregularities in the lining of the colon which may indicate the presence of polyps. Once again, the colon needs to be adequately cleansed prior to the procedure. The procedure is safe but may be associated with some discomfort from distension of the bowel as no sedation is typically given. Once again, small lesions may be missed and if a lesion is identified, a colonoscopy will be

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