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What are the possible complications from a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

The test may be uncomfortable as air is put into the colon, but should not be painful. Let your doctor know if you are feeling any pain during the procedure. You may see a small amount of blood in your first bowel movement after the test. Significant bleeding and puncture of the colon are possible complications, but they are very uncommon.

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