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This procedure allows doctors to view the entire length of the large intestine, an important step to help identify abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, ulcers and bleeding. It involves inserting a colonoscope, which is a long, flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera, in through the rectum and up into the colon. The doctor can then see the lining of the colon, remove tissue for further examination and possibly treat problems that may be discovered. Your child’s bowels will need to be empty before the test. The test will be performed while your child is asleep.

Read more about what to expect with a colonoscopy or watch a step-by-step video guiding your child through an endoscopy procedure.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin performs hundreds of colonoscopies every year.

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