A colon perforation, sometimes called an intestinal perforation, is a serious condition that should be attended to and treated as soon as possible. A colon perforated can cause serious damage to the body.
When this problem occurs, the toxins that are normally housed inside the colon begin to leak into the body and can cause serious health issues that may be long lasting or even permanent. It is especially important that individuals be on the look out for the symptoms of a colon perforated after having had a colonoscopy performed, as this procedure has been known to cause this problem if it is done incorrectly.
Though this condition will not cause death, unless bleeding occurs, it is still serious and will cause great discomfort until it has been attended to.
The symptoms of a colonoscopy perforation or any other type of bowel perforation may include:
- A general feeling of tiredness or weakness
- Jaundice or developing a yellowish tint to the eyes or the skin
- Swelling or discomfort in the abdomen
- Narrowing of the stool
- Blood in the stool
- Blood in the rectum
- Blood in the urine
- A feeling of constant fullness in one’s bowels that remains after a bowel movement
- A lack of appetite or a severe reduction of appetite
- Vomiting, particularly if the vomit looks bloody or grainy
These may also be symptoms of stomach bleeding or another condition, so even if one does not suspect colon problems, he or she should still visit a doctor as soon as possible. Stomach bleeding, a condition that is often mistaken for a perforation in the colon and vice versa, is more serious and can result in death.
Consult Your Doctor
If one thinks he or she may be experiencing a bowel perforation, he or she should get to a doctor immediately. The general course of treatment will involve having surgery on the colon and treatment of any illness that may have caused the problem.
If the result of the problem was a faulty colonoscopy, the place where the colonoscopy was done should be reported immediately. Often times, a doctor will help individuals know where to go to file complaints. To avoid having this happen again, individuals should steer clear of colonoscopies or only have them done at an accredited, licensed, and well reviewed professional's.
In most cases, if the issue was caused by a colonoscopy, it is due to the tube inserted having caused some sort of trauma or puncturing the colon. This happens when the procedure is performed too roughly or by an inexperienced practitioner.
Other possible causes include at home colon cleansers, enemas, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crone's disease, and certain types of cancer. If a colon perforation is recognized soon enough, it can easily be treated and the damage fixed.