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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an exam used to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine (colon).


A flexible sigmoidoscopy may be recommended by your provider to evaluate symptoms of such as:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Unexplained anemia

    A flexible sigmoidoscopy can help in the detection of:

    • Colon cancer
    • Colon polyps
    • Diverticular disease
    • Inflammation of the colon
    • Infection of the colon


    During the flexible sigmoidoscopy the following can be performed:

    • Tissue biopsy; that tissue will be sent to a pathology lab and evaluated for any infection or disease process
    • Dilation of a narrowing in the colon
    • Removal of polyps


    Lower GI diseases that can be diagnosed and monitored after a flexible sigmoidoscopy:

    • Colon cancer
    • Colon polyps
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Diverticular disease