Colonoscopy Perforation Rates Low and Decreasing

Bowel perforation, or a hole in the colon, is one of the complications of colonoscopy.  Different reported rates of perforation have been confusing. A pooled analysis of published studies of perforation rates was reported during a Digestive Disease Week session on May 31.  Including 17 different studies covering more than a quarter million colonoscopies, the perforation rate…  Read More

New Technique Provides Microscopic Images of Suspicious Polyps During Colonoscopy

News from Digestive Disease Week 2008 A tiny microscope, less than one-sixteenth of an inch, attached to the end of the instrument used for a colonoscopy can provide magnified pictures of cells and small blood vessels in suspicious lesions allowing doctors to make on-the-spot decisions about whether a polyp is benign or precancerous. The technique —…  Read More

First Colonoscopy of the Day Finds More Polyps

News from Digestive Disease Week 2008 Video courtesy of Medscape Today. The first colonoscopy performed each day finds more polyps — both small hyperplastic ones and more serious advanced adenomas.  As the day goes on, fewer polyps are found every hour. Researchers studied all the colonoscopies performed at the UCLA Veteran Administration Center in 2006 and…  Read More