Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Colonoscopy Complications

Fighting a cold for the last week, I've still got this annoying little cough once in a while. Ran into a neighbor while walking the dog who heard me cough, and offered up this story:

She had a colonoscopy a few weeks back which was complicated by aspiration. As a result, she had been coughing up a lung ever since, although it was getting better. Her germophobic sister-in-law, upon hearing her cough, drew back in alarm, arm drawn over her face in fear.

Neighbor: You know I'm not contagious.

Germophobic sister-in-law: No.

Neighbor: Yeah, this is from my colonoscopy.

GSIL: Did they go up too far?

13 Comments:

At Fri Oct 09, 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous Satanam in computatrum said...

LOL!!!!

 
At Fri Oct 09, 05:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol! But I'm glad I didn't read this before my recent colonoscopy! Of all the complications I was worried about, I never even thought of the possibility of aspiration!

 
At Fri Oct 09, 07:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aspiration? What did she aspirate?

 
At Sat Oct 10, 02:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please explain. I've had many a colonoscopy myself, and I'm unaware of what this risk might be.

Thanks!

Kensington MD

 
At Sun Oct 11, 01:54:00 AM, Blogger The Gastrosexual said...

The risk, I *think* -- please school me if this is wrong, Dr. Dino -- is of inhaling (aspiring? aspirating?) stomach contents/fecal matter and thus risking pneumonia.

 
At Sun Oct 11, 02:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vomit, yes I get. Anesthesia, sure. there are risks. Yes. Fecal .... er, Ahhh! No! I do not get! I cannot imagine how, won't! Tell me it's not possible. Please! I beg you tell me it's not possible!

 
At Sun Oct 11, 09:51:00 AM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

Dr. Kensington was answered privately. Aspiration is of stomach contents, not fecal matter. Gastrosexual is full of shit.

(Don't mean to sound harsh. Just couldn't resist the pun.) ;-)

 
At Sun Oct 11, 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous drcharles said...

I once said, no nodules in your thyroid, while examining the prostate. embarassing.

 
At Sun Oct 11, 12:42:00 PM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

@Charles: Wow! Now that's what I call definitely going up too far.

 
At Mon Oct 12, 04:26:00 AM, Blogger The Gastrosexual said...

I am full of shit, I can't hide it. And because of it I'll be the first to aspirate fecal matter rather than stomach contents. :p

 
At Wed Oct 21, 03:26:00 PM, Blogger Cheryl Carmel said...

Why is it that after a colonoscopy the doctors tell me - exercise and eat a high fiber diet - yet they did not ask about my exercise or diet habits? they asked over and over about drinking and smoking and the list of pills I take - but nothing about what I personally believe to be most important - how active and how much smutz you put in the pipes.

 
At Thu Nov 12, 06:55:00 PM, Blogger liz said...

had my colonscopy yesterday. woke up from anethesia with very, very bad sore throat. could hardly talk. asked anesthesiologist why I had this. he asked if I have problems with acid reflux. (I do occasionally)said he did have to suction out my saliva but that the sore throat was probably from acid from stomach. throat got worse as day wore on, totally lost my voice. got kind scared about this. next day woke up with very, very bad sore throat on left side only, as well as a sore tongue on left and sore jaw on left side. felt like someone had punched me in jaw. called hospital. they "guessed" could have been from drying out of tissues from oxygen in nose, said could not have been from acid because procedure only took 1/2 hour, perhaps I have a cold? (on left side only, i said) They actually had no clue. today i can talk but only very raspily. it is now evening of next day and sore throat has not gotten any better. and they told me this procedure was a breeze. Hah!
liz Trethewey

 
At Fri Mar 26, 09:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a healthy 57 year old woman who tried to do the right thing and have a colonoscopy. During the procedure I aspirated. It has been two weeks and I am still have problems. Coughing and loss of voice. Missed 5 days of work per doctor's order not to return. I understand that this happens to less than 1% percent of the population who have this procedure but it happens. Just wanted to make others aware. Ask your doctors about this complication.

 

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