Dr. Marc Basson received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Michigan, surgical training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Downstate Medical Center, and St. Mary's Hospital, and then earned a PhD in Experimental Pathology at Yale University before becoming an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale.
Do you have a family history of constipation or bowel cancer?
Have you ever been screened for colon cancer?
The health care professional will examine the patient's abdomen, anus, and other body systems including the nervous system, the thyroid gland (for any goiter), and the musculoskeletal system. What
health care professional examines will depend on the patient's answers to the questions and any history that may suggest certain disorders.
The health care professional will decide which tests the patient needs based on
his or her symptoms, history, and exam. These tests will help assess the actual cause of the problem. The most commonly used tests may include the following:
Assessment of food movement may demonstrate a prolonged and delayed transit time
Sigmoidoscopy may help to detect problems in
the rectum and lower colon. The doctor will insert a flexible lighted instrument through
the anus to visualize the rectum and the lower intestine.
involves the passage of a flexible tube (endoscope) into the colon; your doctor can
suspect the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome by ruling out more serious disorders. The doctor also may take tissue biopsies for further studies to assess the cause underlying your symptoms.