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Question: ulcers found during colonoscopy

 grigsby85 - Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:28 pm

I had a colonoscopy and my doctor found six ulcers about the size of a pencil head . He sent the ulcers in for biopsy testing. The biopsy results were normal. I have short bowel syndrome . He gave me questran for my diarrhea . What could be causing these ulcers since the results came out normal ? I have had bleeding off and on for ten years.

Thank You, Brandon
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:13 am

User avatar Hi,
There are a few conditions that are known to cause multiple small, discreet ulcers of colonic mucosa.
a) Inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's), which has been reported to begin as multiple small, discreet ulcers of colonic mucosa (so- called "aphthous ulcers") in some cases.

b) A condition known as "aphthous" ileitis - a rare disease caused in humans by Ancylostoma caninum, the cosmopolitan dog hookworm.

c) In the tropics and sub-tropics one should also consider "amebiasis".

Best wishes!

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