Sigmoidoscopy (Anoscopy, Proctoscopy)
Why It Is Done
These tests are done to:
- Detect problems or diseases of the anus, rectum, or lower large intestine (sigmoid colon). These tests are often done to investigate symptoms such as unexplained bleeding from the rectum, long-lasting diarrhea or constipation, blood or pus in the stool, or lower abdominal pain.
- Remove polyps or hemorrhoids.
- Monitor the growth of polyps or the treatment of Reference inflammatory bowel disease Opens New Window.
- Screen for Reference colon cancer Opens New Window or polyps.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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