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Were you looking for information about Sigmoidoscopy? Sigmoidscopie is a common misspelling of sigmoidoscopy.
A healthcare provider may perform a sigmoidoscopy to check for early signs of colon or rectum cancer. It can also be used to determine the cause of diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal (stomach) pain. Although it is similar to a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy only examines the last third of the colon (called the sigmoid or descending colon) and rectum. If anything unusual is in your rectum or colon, like a polyp or inflamed tissue, the physician can remove a piece of it using instruments inserted into the scope.
(Click Sigmoidoscopy for more detailed information on how this procedure is performed, including how long a sigmoidoscopy takes and possible complications that can occur. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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