Clear Colonoscopy

So after suffering years with IBS which has got worse since Christmas, then to top it all off I've ended up with the most painful anal fissure that needs an operation. But the specialist won't operate on it till we find out what's causing all the recent problems as he suspects it could be Crohn's, and booked me in for a colonoscopy which I had the pleasure of on Thursday. All went well from the clearing out of the pipes before the procedure to the colonoscopy itself which was a breeze. Nothing out of the ordinary was found but 10 biopsies were taken which I have to wait a couple of weeks for the results to come through. Just means I'm back to square one with good old IBS. I was just wondering what the biopsies can detect.

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  • From my experience they take biopsies of various patches of inflammation that can be seen. The cells are analysed to distinguish between Crohns or Colitis, if that's the problem.

  • Thankyou for your reply. The Dr said there was no signs of inflammation. He just took the biopsies to rule everything out as my symptoms are the same as Crohn's. Maybe I'm just having a particularly bad outbreak of IBS.

  • Crohns can affect any part of the digestive system from mouth to 'the other end' so there may just be something going on out of reach of the camera. Anyway, best of luck with investigations.

  • I was a bit concerned when he took so many biopsies, and I wasn't sure if it was normal procedure even if all looked ok.

    Although I would have thought they have to tell you there and then if anything looks out of the ordinary.

    I'll update when I get my results back in a couple of weeks, although dr did say if I didn't hear anything from the surgery it means they didn't find anything wrong.

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