Can a colonoscopy be performed if there is a urinary tract infection?

This question was asked in Cleveland, Georgia on 02/27/2012.
My mother in law has an upcoming colonoscopy scheduled. However, she found out she has a urinary tract infection and the colonoscopy is in a few days. Can the procedure still be done?

Doctors Answers (3)

Eric Hill, M.D.
Answered on: 3/9/2012 4

Yes. If there is a treated infection, she can still have the colonoscopy.

Shahram Javaheri, M.D.
Answered on: 2/28/2012

Although a urinary tract infection should not interfere with her colonoscopy, this would depend on how severe her infection is and how she feels. Simple UTI's can be treated within 3 days. It is usually recommended to wait after the infection is treated unless she is asymptomatic.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 2/27/2012

As long as she can tolerate drink the preparation, she should tolerate the colonoscopy just fine. She should contact her gastroenterologist to clarify.