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When’s the Best Time to Get a Colonoscopy?

Burke/Triolo Productions(NEW YORK) -- If you’re in the market for a colonoscopy, studies have shown that tests performed in the morning are more likely to catch abnormal growths than those performed in the afternoon. This has more to do with doctor fatigue toward the end of the work day than with the colon itself, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

In the study, doctors identified abnormal growths in 26 percent of their morning patients but 21 percent in their afternoon patients. Researchers noted that the difference in detection may also have to do with afternoon patients not taking the full precolonoscopy bowel prep, including large doses of laxatives.

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