Colonoscopy in children is a lower gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure to visualize the lining of the large intestine (cecum, colon, rectum and anal canal) to find out why a child is having abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in the stool, and poor growth.
The endoscope tubing houses thin fibers of bendable glass, which transmit light and images back to the viewer. While under anesthesia, a flexible viewing instrument (endoscope) is gently placed into your anus to view the large intestine. During a lower endoscopy, small tissue samples called biopsies are taken to look for inflammation, infection, Crohn’s disease, ulcers, polyps, and bleeding.
Anesthesia in Children
Dr. Dave is a pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) specialist skilled in the most current, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for children. Procedures that require endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that visualizes the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, will require anesthesia for children undergoing this routine exam. Please review the pediatric anesthesia video below. The pediatric anesthesiologist will be calling the evening prior to the procedure.