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What problems could I have after a colonoscopy?

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Make sure you understand the instructions you get before you go home. You may need to avoid certain medicines, such as blood thinners, for a while if your doctor did a biopsy or removed any polyps.

Bleeding and puncture of the colon are rare but possible problems in a colonoscopy. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • More than a little bleeding, or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • Severe abdominal pain, fever, or chills

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

Mayo Clinic, “Colonoscopy.”

Harvard Health Publications, “Preparing for a colonoscopy.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 05, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

Mayo Clinic, “Colonoscopy.”

Harvard Health Publications, “Preparing for a colonoscopy.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 05, 2018

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