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Sigmoidoscopy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

A person should call the healthcare provider if there are any signs of problems after the procedure, such as:

  • increasing abdominal distress
  • fever and chills
  • frequent bloody bowel movements
  • severe bloating and an inability to pass gas
  • What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    This procedure rarely causes problems. However, there is a small risk of bleeding or infection. In rare cases, a small hole may be made in the bowel. This may need to be treated with antibiotics or sometimes surgery. An allergic reaction to medications given for relaxation may also rarely occur.

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    Sigmoidoscopy: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: Francesca Coltrera, BA
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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