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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a sigmoidoscopy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Perforation or puncture of the bowel wall

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing heart or kidney condition
  • Treatment with certain medicines, including aspirin and other drugs with anticoagulant or blood-thinning properties
  • Prior abdominal surgery or radiation treatments

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Bleeding from your rectum—Notify your doctor if you pass a teaspoonful of blood or more.
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Hard, swollen abdomen
  • Signs of infection, including fever or chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Inability to pass gas or stool
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing

In case of an emergency, call 911.

 
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