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damo123
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   Posted 6/10/2008 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother recently had a number of scans done - just as precaution. She had a bowel scan done - not a c-scope just an image via a CT scan. In her report they noted "a slight thickening of the bowel wall". Her consultant just commented that it is something they will keep and eye on.
 
Does anyone know what a slight thickening of the bowel wall means. Is this something that happens as you grow older or does it lead to the potential for polyps to be present etc?
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kb5
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   Posted 6/10/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have strictures which showed as thickening of the colon wall on a ct. My GI said it was scarring from 10 yrs of UC. Does your mom have IBD?

I really haven't done anything about it. They are also keeping an eye on it. I do find that I can't handle as much fiber as I could before. I guess the biggest worry is that it gets to thick and causes blockage but my GI is not worried at all. I did get to see it on the scope though. It was weird becuase i was also flaring so it was a little like white lattice with red behind it.
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
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princesa
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   Posted 6/10/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
A CT showed a thickening of the bowel wall on the right side of my colon. I thought it might be a sign that I had been misdiagnosed and had Crohn's instead of colitis. I often have pain on the right side that's also been mistaken for appendicitis. No explanation from the docs. I think they just chalked it up to general inflammation of UC.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 6/10/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I've got a slight thickening of the left wall of my colon- showed on a CT scan. My GI told me it was from UC, scarring. Nobody seemed too concerned, so neither am I!

diagnosed with UC '02
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cycling_sasquatch
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   Posted 6/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I also had thickening of the colon wall show up on a CT scan. DR. just said it was UC inflammation and nothing out of the ordinary. No concern really.
UC diagnosed Dec. 2006
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damo123
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   Posted 6/10/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
No, she has no history of IBS nor IBD nor has she ever shown any symptoms of either. Was more concerned about cancer but I guess if the consultant is happy to let it go it's not a big issue.

Thanks for all your replies,

D
Med free for a bit as I needed a break from Asacol
 
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"Whatever you do in life don't berate yourself too much nor contragulate yourself too much. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody elses'"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Damo...has she ever had a colonoscopy? Did the doc consider to do blood tests for inflammation, cancer markers..etc?

I'd caution to not only trust a CT scan and leave it for assumption.

Where exactly is the thickening?

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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damo123
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, all her cancer and inflammation markers are normal. The consultant didn't talk much about the thickening just to casually refer to it and say they'll scan it again in 6 months.
Med free for a bit as I needed a break from Asacol
 
Probiotics
 
"Whatever you do in life don't berate yourself too much nor contragulate yourself too much. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody elses'"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 6/10/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Was it a GP that sent her for the scans or a GI?
Do you have a copy of the results?
How old is your mom?

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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