Proctosigmoidoscopy

Alternative names
Proctoscopy; Sigmoidoscopy

Definition

Sigmoidoscopy is an internal examination of the distal large bowel (colon), using an instrument called a sigmoidoscope. The sigmoidoscope is a small camera attched to a flexible tube. It is inserted into the colon to examine the rectum, and the sigmoid and descending portions of the colon.

see Sigmoidoscopy.

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Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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