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During the Sigmoidoscopy Procedure
After the Sigmoidoscopy Procedure
After the procedure, you may experience mild abdominal cramping and gas as a result of the air that was placed in your intestine. Some people may have slight rectal bleeding due to minor irritation and trauma from the insertion of the sigmoidoscope.
When to Seek Medical Care for Sigmoidoscopy Complications
You should notify the doctor if you experience:
Your doctor may instruct you to go to the hospital's emergency department if you experience severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding after a sigmoidoscopy.
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Michael J Klevens, MD
Jacob W Ufberg, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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