September 24, 2018

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Reason for lower GI after having colonoscopy

Patient: Is there a good reason my son should have a lower GI xray. He recently had a colonoscopy, they found nothing except small infection and a stretched colon. He has encopresis



Symptoms: Encopresis



Doctor: Hello,Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.comI understand your concern.If your son already had a colonoscop y, then there is no need to get a lower gi x-ray or barium enema.Barium Enema especially is recommended before a colonoscopy to check for any small bowel lesions, as they are highly sensitive in picking up small bowel diseases.However, if a colonoscopy is already done, then there is no need to further get a barium enema done.They are normally picked over colonoscopy because they are comparatively cheaper.Hope this was helpful.Regards.


Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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