Schumaker Test (?)

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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosised with colonic inertia and am being scheduled for this test to confirm the diagnosis.
Does anyone know what this test involves? I've tried several spellings of this test to no avail.
My GI doctor is planning to take my whole colon, with the small intestine being attached to the rectum.  What is the approximate hospital stay and recovery? (I understand that each person is different)
 I have read some of the discussions and it is nice to know that there are people out there - sharing their experiences.  Thank you.   
Look forward to some answers

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
If you cannot find your answer, call you doc's office. I am sure the nurse can put your mind at ease. Good luck with your surgery, you will soon be able to live again. And, welcome to the forum!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heddie,

I do not have colonic inertia, but have read a lot about it in my time in this forum-

Is it possible you are talking about a "sitz marker" test? This is a common test to confirm colonic inertia. For this test, you swallow 24 or so smally plastic (I think) "markers." You are then x-rayed a few times after swallowing them (like 24 hrs after, then 48 hrs after, etc.) to see how far along your digestive tract the markers have moved. Most people with colonic inertia have all/most of the markers left in their colon after days; thus confirming that their colon is very slow moving.

Hope this helps, and good luck to you. :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
E--that sounds right! For the life of me, I couldn't figure it out...
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