ACG Trustee Dr. Mark B. Pochapin, director of the Division of Gastroenterology at New York University Langone Medical Center, narrates a tour of a patient's colon while performing a colonoscopy, during which he discovers a cancerous polyp. The patient did not have any abdominal or rectal pain, or any other symptoms associated with colorectal cancer. However, prior to this colonoscopy (when the cancer was discovered) the patient was diagnosed with anemia due the slow bleeding of the polyp. Watch now.
Telephone-based re-education about proper bowel preparation a day before a colonoscopy led to improved preparation and higher polyp detection rates, according to study data from China. Rates of side effects and willingness to do the bowel prep again were the same as for patients who did not get telephone counseling, the study found.
About 4,000 people turned out for the fifth annual "Get Your Rear in Gear" walk and race in Philadelphia, raising awareness of colorectal cancer and screening, along with money for research. Event organizer Maria Grasso says she works colorectal cancer into every conversation she has, asking people if they have had a colonoscopy.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Tauseef Ali of the University of Oklahoma's OU Physicians Crohn's and Colitis Clinic, has authored "Crohn's & Colitis for Dummies," as part of the popular "For Dummies" series. Ali says the book, which will be sold beginning in June, fills an important information gap and serves as a guide for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, their friends and family.
A low-volume bowel cleanser approved in July for use in the U.S. is as effective as standard colonoscopy preparations, according to researchers at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. The report, published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, found study participants who used the preparation, which contains sodium picosulfate and magnesium citrate, reacted favorably to the taste and ease of consumption.