Colon syndrome, nervous: A common gastrointestinal disorder involving an abnormal condition of gut contractions (motility) characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, mucous in stools, and irregular bowel habits with alternating diarrhea and constipation, symptoms that tend to be chronic and to wax and wane over the years. Although the disorder can cause chronic recurrent discomfort, it does not lead to any serious organ problems.
Making the diagnosis usually involves excluding other illnesses. Treatment is directed toward relief of symptoms and includes changes in diet (eating high fiber and avoiding caffeine, milk products and sweeteners), exercise, relaxation techniques, and medications.
Alternative names include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic colitis, and mucus colitis.
- Colonic (adjective)
Colonic (adjective): Relating to the colon, that part of the large intestine that runs from the cecum to the rectum. For a personal example, I had 17 colonic polyps removed by colonoscopy.
- Colonic (noun)
Colonic (noun): Colonic irrigation, the infusion of liquid into the colon through a tube in the rectum. It is claimed that colonics “detoxify” and “cleanse” the body and have other health benefits. There is no convincing scientific evidence to support these claims and in some cases may even do harm (cause ulcers or make a […]
Colonoscope: A flexible, lighted instrument used to view the inside of the colon.
A procedure whereby a physician inserts a viewing tube (colonoscope) into the rectum for the purpose of inspecting the colon. During colonoscopy, polyps can be removed, bleeding can be cauterized, and a biopsy can be performed if abnormal areas of the colon are seen.
- Colonoscopy, virtual