Two Colonoscopies Better at Predicting Future Polyp Risk

Results from two colonoscopies three years apart gave better information about whether a high-risk polyp would be found on a third exam than results from the second test alone. Even if a second colonoscopy, done three years after the first, showed no adenomas at all, 8 in 100 study participants with high-risk polyps on their first…  Read More

New Report Reveals Widespread Problems with Endoscopy Cleaning Procedures at VA

Even after problems were found with how endoscopes were cleaned at three Veterans Administration medical centers earlier this year, surprise inspections found that over half additional VA medical facilities visited could not demonstrate compliance with proper procedures for safely cleaning endoscopes after each use. A report revealing the extent of problems from the VA Office of…  Read More

Colonoscopy Misses Cancers in Medicare Patients

Almost six percent of Medicare patients needed surgery for colon cancer within three years after a negative colonoscopy. A sample of five percent of Medicare enrollees identified 1,567 patients with colon cancer.  Of those 89 or 5.7 percent had had a negative colonoscopy more than six months but less than three years previously.  All 89 were…  Read More

VA Colonoscopy Infection Update: Tennessee Patients Have Hepatitis

Just reported by the Associated Press:  The Veterans Administration has confirmed 10 cases of liver infections among patients who had colonoscopies at the Murfreesboro, TN campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts said Friday that four Tennessee patients have tested positive for hepatitis B. Six have tested positive for hepatitis C, a…  Read More

Improperly Cleaned Endoscopes Raise Infection Risk in VA Facilities

The Miami Veterans Administration Health Care System is notifying 3,260 veterans of a potential health risk from endoscopies performed between May 2004 and March 12, 2009.  While the endoscopes themselves were cleaned and disinfected, an attached section of tubing was rinsed but not disinfected between procedures. According to the Miami VA, this creates a small risk…  Read More