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Also known as: flexible sigmoidoscopy, flex sig.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to examine the rectum and the lower third of the colon. It involves inserting a long, flexible tube known as a sigmoidoscope that has a light and camera on it into the rectum.
You may need to avoid food, drink or medication for a set period of time before the procedure. You may also need laxative or enemas to clear the bowels before the procedure.
Bleeding, infection, pain or perforation of the colon are potential complications of flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD
This page was last updated on: April 22, 2021 01:38 PM
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is dedicated to the treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems in infants, children and adolescents with a multidisciplinary approach.
Gastrointestinal polyposis refers to a group of diseases that are known for causing polyps in the stomach, colon, or other areas of the gastrointestinal tract. Polyps are abnormal growths that form on the lining of the GI tract.
Familial adenomatous polyposis is a genetic disorder that causes polyps to begin to develop in the colon and rectum over time. Eventually, these polyps can cause colon cancer.
A rectal suction biopsy is a diagnostic procedure performed to look for problems related to the colon and rectum. It might be needed if a child is having difficulty with bowel movements. It involves removing a small sample of tissue from the rectum.