Complications in colonoscopy

Wayne H Schwesinger, B. A. Levine, R. Ramos

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Abstract

Colonoscopy, when performed for appropriate indications and by experienced, competent personnel, is a remarkably safe procedure. The occasional complications which occur may be the results of pneumatic, mechanical or electrical injuries to the colon or may develop as secondary disorders involving other organ systems. Most complications can be successfully prevented by adequately preparing both the endoscopist and the patient and by avoiding colonoscopy when specific contraindications are present. Should complications occur, their management generally follows established surgical principles. Even though colonoscopy has made a dramatic impact upon the diagnosis of and therapy for disease of the large intestines, it is important for practitioners to be mindful of its limitations. Future developments, applied rationally, can be expected to extend its usefulness and further improve its safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-281
Number of pages12
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume148
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979

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Colonoscopy
Large Intestine
Colon
Safety
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery

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Schwesinger, W. H., Levine, B. A., & Ramos, R. (1979). Complications in colonoscopy. Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, 148(2), 270-281.

Complications in colonoscopy. / Schwesinger, Wayne H; Levine, B. A.; Ramos, R.

In: Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 148, No. 2, 1979, p. 270-281.

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Schwesinger, WH, Levine, BA & Ramos, R 1979, 'Complications in colonoscopy', Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 148, no. 2, pp. 270-281.
Schwesinger WH, Levine BA, Ramos R. Complications in colonoscopy. Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics. 1979;148(2):270-281.
Schwesinger, Wayne H ; Levine, B. A. ; Ramos, R. / Complications in colonoscopy. In: Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics. 1979 ; Vol. 148, No. 2. pp. 270-281.
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