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Tears of colonoscopy
  1. Michael McFarlane,
  2. Ben Disney,
  3. Jayne Eaden
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, UHCW, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael McFarlane, Department of Gastroenterology, UHCW, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, UK; Mmcf1982{at}

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Clinical presentation

A 72-year-old woman was referred to the gastroenterology outpatient clinic reporting an 18-month history of loose and watery stools up to 10 times per day with nocturnal episodes. She also presented with urgency, occasional faecal incontinence, excessive bloating and flatulence. She had lost 14 kg in weight over the same period. There was no blood or mucus in her stools.

Her symptoms began after she underwent an emergency appendicectomy for suspected appendicitis. The histology revealed a carcinoid tumour, but with clear resection margins and a subsequent CT scan showed no …

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