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Written on March 20, by Wolverine in Medical MayhemTransplant Related The overuse of the procedure known as colonoscopies as a prophylactic for colon cancer, has not only become quite a fad in recent decades, but also a multimillion dollar industry. Every year, over 14 million perfectly healthy individuals age 50 and up, submit themselves to this invasive procedure in the hope of receiving protection from colorectal cancer.
Do the benefits of this screening outweigh the risks involved? Sometimes in this world, a treatment may be as dangerous as the disease itself. The many injuries that can be caused by colonoscopies, the anesthetics and preparation required for this procedure, is what I would like to cover in part 1 of this series.
But, a colonoscopy injury can be as lethal and cause as much fear and suffering as colorectal cancer itself.
For those who have not read my storyI lost all of my intestines due to a colonoscopy accident — NOT just my colon, but all of my small intestines too — a life-threatening condition known as short bowel syndrome.
I lived for six months without intestines and being fed and hydrated with the use of TPNbut my life was ultimately save with a very rare intestinal transplant. So the question here is, which one carries the greatest risk of actually happening to you in your lifetime?
Especially between the age of fifty to sixty?
The medical industry recommends screening starting at the age of 50 and as low as 45 for African-Americans. So, for the first couple of decades, you are risking your life with a dangerous, invasive procedure to diagnose a disease that is far less of a risk at that age than the odds of being injured by the screening device.
I could stop right there, because that should be enough to make a critical thinker forget about this barbaric diagnostic tool, at least until the age of But, there is more — a whole lot more to consider, which leads me to believe we should search to discover a safer and more effective tool.
Many of the related injuries associated with colonoscopies go unreported or are never diagnosed. Death from colon cancer will very rarely not be reported as the cause of death, so those are accurate predictions.
But, we have no idea just how high the actual number for colonoscopy injuries and death may actually be [more]. I am living proof of that.
The reason for the necrosis of my bowels was unreported because all priorities focused on saving my life, not what caused the decline. Nowhere on my medical record is the reason for what caused my organs to die reported, so I doubt that I am part of those statistics, even though I am a victim of a colonoscopy.
Typically, a patient left untreated for as long as I was will die. Had I died, the death report would say complications from necrosis of the bowels and mention nothing of the colonoscopy.The short explanation is that IBD is the umbrella term for the condition under which both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis fall.
But there is, of course, much more to the story.
Differences between Crohn disease and Ulcerative Colitis CD can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus; UC only occurs in the colon. In CD, there are healthy parts of the intestine mixed in between inflamed areas. Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory bowel disease. The symptoms can make even mundane daily activities seem daunting and may affect self-esteem, relationships, and careers. With Crohn’s disease, complete remission is less common. Some people eventually need surgery. That includes up to 45% people with ulcerative colitis and three quarters of people with Crohn’s.
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There are several causes of colitis, including infection, ischemia of the colon, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, infectious colitis like C. difficile, or microscopic colitis). Treatment depends on the cause of the colitis.
The disease has changed her life and her physicality forever. Most people have never heard of this disease or its "sister" disease, Crohn's disease.
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. NCBI Bookshelf. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Comparison of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and coeliac disease - Faecal calprotectin testing for differentiating amongst inflammatory and non-inflammatory bowel diseases: systematic review and economic evaluation.