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Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to examine the lower colon and rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can investigate the possible cause of

  • rectal bleeding,
  • bowel changes, and symptoms such as
  • rectal pain,
  • diarrhea, or
  • constipation.
During the procedure a biopsy of tissue can be taken for further examination, or polyps may be removed.

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