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A colonoscopy is a test that lets your child’s doctor look directly into the large intestine (colon) and the last part of the small intestine (ileum.)
A flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) is inserted through the rectum and moved through the colon to the end of the small intestine. Your child is asleep during the procedure, which takes between 45 and 90 minutes to complete. The pictures show information about the intestines—such as swelling, bleeding and infection—that cannot be obtained from a physical exam and other tests.
A colonoscopy is done to find out why a child is experiencing symptoms such as:
A colonoscopy is also used to diagnose and monitor certain conditions, including:
During the exam, small tissue samples may be collected (biopsy) for further study under a microscope. Your child’s doctor may also remove polyps and treat any problems that are found, such as bleeding.
After the colonoscopy, your child is moved to a recovery area where he or she will be monitored until fully awake. The doctor will talk to you about the colonoscopy findings, including information about any medicines your child should take.
Once your child is able to drink fluids, he or she will be able to go home.
The day before your child’s colonoscopy procedure at Riley at IU Health:
On the day of the colonoscopy test:
Immediately after the colonoscopy:
Once you and your child return home, you should follow these guidelines:
In most cases, your child will recover from the procedure within 24 hours.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202