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Are There Alternatives to Colonoscopy?
Other tests can help a doctor detect diseases of the colon. Sometimes these tests can be done instead of a colonoscopy, but at other times they are performed in addition to a colonoscopy because each test can provide different types of information.
Your doctor will decide which of these tests is most appropriate for you.
When to Seek Medical Care for Colonoscopy Complications
Call a doctor if any unexpected symptoms occur, including:
If there are additional concerns, call the doctor's office for advice and evaluation.
Minor symptoms, such as bloating, are common after this procedure. More serious symptoms should prompt the patient to seek urgent medical attention. Call your physician and go directly to the emergency department if the patient experiences any of the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience
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Colonoscopy - Procedure
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Colonoscopy - Side Effects
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