Re: Atonic Colon...How do I know if it's obstructed? Tina Shelby's message 2-25-2002

From: Helen Dynda (
Sat Feb 22 12:27:32 2003

Thank you, Millie, for sharing your personal experience - and most of all for sharing the name(s) of this specific diagnostic test.

Every little bit of information -- that's shared here on the IAS MB -- helps others to evaluate their condition. They will also have a better understanding of this particular procedure, if their doctor recommends "a Colon Transit Study, or a Sitz Marker Study" for them.

It has to be a relief to find out that your study was normal!! I hope you felt reassured as a result of this diagnostic test.

Love, Helen

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At Sat, 22 Feb 2003, Millie wrote: >
>Dear Helen,
>I had this study done in November. You swallow a capsule that contains tiny radiographic rings.
>Then every other day, you go for a plain film abdominal xray, which shows how many of those rings are going through, and if any of them are slow-moving.
>Mine all passed within 3 days, so my study was normal.
>It's called a Colon Transit Study, or a Sitz Marker Study.
>No pain involved.

>>> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Helen Dynda
> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
> Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2003 1:16 PM
> Subject: Atonic Colon...How do I know if it's obstructed? Tina Shelby's message 2-25-2002
> Atonic Colon...How do I know if it's obstructed?...Tina Shelby (February 25, 2002)
> I learned about atonic colon a few years back when I was working for an Gi specialist. When being tested for a possible atonic colon, the patient swallows a capsule with radiographic rings - and abdominal x-rays are taken at certain intervals to see how long it takes for the radiographic rings to pass through the small and large intestine. Anything beyond 3 days is considered abnormal.
> My surgeon told me that there are many patients, who complain of severe constipation and end up being dagnosed with atonic colon - and have had their large intestine removed because of it. (They usually don't have any pain with bms either. Their main compliant is bloating.)
> A surgeon would probably be more concerned with week bms - than a regular MD. A GI doc would probably be more concerned about it as well. AT least mine was. Because of my history with obstructions, my doctors don't want me to go any longer than 3 days between bms. If you ever obstruct, it will become more of a concern as well.
> Tina

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